Today is World Radio Day: Seythalikkutty has a collection of 20 radios
Chavakkad: Despite his difference of opinion with many people in politics, social worker Seythalikkutty has never picked up a quarrel with his beloved radio.
A resident of Puthiyara in Chavakkad, 60-year-old P. K. Seythalikkutty has a collection of over 20 radios belonging to different companies, ages and sizes. Apart from maybe 3 or 4, all of them are working too.
Whenever he is at home, Seythalikkutty listens to the radio after connecting two sound boxes – for extra sound. Whenever he goes out, Seythalikkutty will have a pocket radio in his pocket keeping him company with the latest news.
Seythalikkutty got his first pocket radio at the age of 10, as a gift from his uncle who was working abroad. He went on to buy many radios in different shapes and sizes. Seythalikkutty remembers that people engaged in beedi making listening to the radio while working together was a common sight in Chavakkad once upon a time.
The oldest radio in Seythalikkutty’s collection is 45-year-old produced by National Panasonic company. He also has radios manufactured by Sony, Neiva, Toshiba, Philips, Sangean and Sanford. The development of radio technology - from step tuner and free tuner to digital tuner that can be controlled using fingers - can be seen in Seythalikkutty’s radio collection. He also has a radio by Panasonic built in Indonesia which blinks a red light when the programme is over.
According to Seythalikkutty, a library near his house was the reason behind his love for radios. The library used to play radio programmes from 5 pm to 7 pm every evening. This connected me with radios.
Seythalikkutty is a convener of LDF’s Guruvayur Assembly constituency.