Thikkodi: Narayanan from Thikkodi Kozhippuram Unneeramveed is active even at this age of 72 in digging wells. He is an expert in his field on areas like Thikkodi, Moodadi and Payyoli. This year, he has completed over 18 wells.
He is now busy completing the wells that he took contract well before monsoon. This is the Kartika Njattuvela when groundwater reaches the bottom. The works for the well should finish before the Makeeryam Njattuvela.
Narayanan started this work when he was 18. Kozhikambath Meethal Raghavan was his guru. Initially, he worked as his assistant. When Raghavan became ill, Narayanan took over the works for digging wells. He is known as ‘Kuttoosan’ among his friends and family as he, from a very young age, loved to work from deep wells and tall trees. His wife Sushila also used to accompany him for help. Even though its a dangerous and hard job, the profit is really low, says Narayanan. But since Narayanan does the work he committed to with sincerity, people seek him. When he doesn’t have well works, Narayanan works as a security and even goes for cutting trees.