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Displaying collection of antiques for survival

A student displays a Malappuram dagger at an exhibition of antiques at Government College, Malappuram, on Tuesday.

A student displays a Malappuram dagger at an exhibition of antiques at Government College, Malappuram, on Tuesday.  

A youth who underwent kidney transplant raising funds for medicines

The Government College here witnessed a unique exhibition of antiques on Tuesday. Unique, not because of the antiquity of the items on display, but because of the purpose with which the show was held.

A youngster from Chandakunnu, Nilambur, held the exhibition with the aim of raising some funds for medicines he needs for survival after a kidney transplant he underwent two years ago.

Ramsheed P.P. has been happy that the antique collection hobby he nurtured from fifth standard has turned out to be his main means of survival.

As a student Mr. Ramsheed avidly collected all kinds of antiques, including stamps and coins. The coins of Pazhassi Raja, Tipu Sultan, and Marthanda Varma enjoy an enviable place in his collections. He has coins from 100-odd countries, currencies of 160 countries, letters of important people from different periods, weapons, household goods, implements and statues from different periods, old typewriters, cameras, radios, gramophones, and television.

The Malappuram Numismatic Society has lent its support to Mr. Ramsheed, who held 60 shows across the State with the title Numil Fila. The students union at the Government College, Malappuram, partnered with him for the show on Tuesday. Mr. Ramsheed is shy of revealing the fact that he is the sole breadwinner for his family comprising his mother and grandmother. He got his kidney transplanted with the help of the local people two years ago. And now he turns to his antique collections as a last resort for survival. He can be reached at 9539259404.

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