Four decades past, Kozhikode had a Valentine’s club

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Kozhikode: On the day of love, senior journalist and writer Niyathi Sreekumar recollected the reminiscences of his early life at Kozhikode. He said that the city has a legacy of establishing a Valentine club four decades ago.

Niyathi Sreekumar

It was from his teachers at St Joseph Boys School in Kozhikode, Sreekumar came to know about Valentine’s day for the first time. Later, in the early 1980s, he and his friends set up Valentine's Club in the town.

The club’s activities were centred at the Medical college region. The founders wanted to facilitate a space for the romantic couple to spend a while together. Though he tried to establish a cafeteria and a space for the club on Mavoor road, he could not accomplish it.

Sreekumar had conducted the marriages of over 30 couples since establishing the club. On Valentine's Day, Sreekumar visits the tomb of his girlfriend who passed away at a very young age.

Sreekumar, who is a voracious reader, is also a hodophile. He had amazed everyone by travelling to the Himalayas without wearing footwear. He had lived near Mathrubhumi MM Press and maintained close relationships with many journalists of Mathrubhumi which allured him more to reading. Sreekumar has a rare collection of Mathrubhumi weeklies published between 1932 and 1945, handed over by his father K Unnikrishnan Pillai, who was also a Congress activist.

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