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Here is a man who has a passion to collect key chains

Enter TV Chandra Sekar’s home in Horamavu and you are greeted by a wall decorated with books on one side and a wide collection of key chains on the other. Sekar is passionate about collecting key chains. His collection is pinned on large thermocol boards stuck on walls.

“This is just 20 % of my collection. The major part of my collection is back home in Coimbatore,” says Chandra Sekar who also adds that he is Copoclephilist as that is what a collector of keychains is called.”

It all started when he was in high school, “when a friend gifted me a key chain that was designed to look like a biker’s jacket. It was so tiny and had every intricate detail of buttons and even tiny crease that I went crazy about it. Soon, I started collecting them and bought a key chain no matter which city or exhibition I went to,” explains the key collector.

“As a child, I would keep all my collection in a bag. But, one year, during the Dasara, my father decided to display my collection along with traditional dolls. That was when we both realised I had a pretty good collection.”

Soon, word of his passion spread “among relatives and friends and people started gifting me key chains. I am not a globe trotter, but friends who travel far and wide, make sure they pick up something unique for me,” share the copoclephilist. He has keychains in the shape of digital cameras, timepieces, footwear, tyre pressure gauges, official Wimbledon merchandise (miniature Men’s and Women’s trophies), official merchandise from FIFA, cigarette lighters in different shapes that work and miniature tools.

Apart from keychains made out of sandalwood and ebony there are also keychains in the shape of alarm clocks, Universal TV remotes, guitar tuners, USB chargers (which also works), a set of 52+2 cards the size of a matchbox and a miniature alcohol breath analyser and more.

What will he do when he runs out of space? “I will think of something when that happens.” As of now Chandra Sekar is a happy man just collecting key chains and still has a lot of space left in his own home.

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