November 6, 2002 

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Poovachal Uppa, Arabic Book Stall, Poovachal, Thiruvananthapuram

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For the last 85 years, Poovachal Uppa has been a moving bookstall, providing Arabic books to madrasas in Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari districts.

Uppa who started his career at the Poovachal mosque, soon took to book selling at the age of 15.  Later it became a career and a way of life for him.  The unlettered Uppa learned the alphabets and arithmetic from his children.  He has 17 children from 2 wives.  They include labourers to teachers.

Though 100-years-old, Uppa appears to quite young and sprightly.  He has a sharp memory and can remember financial dealings of past weeks without the aid of notebook.

While his children and grandchildren numbering 62 are ready to help him, he prefers to work and earn a living.

And so his journey continues, from mosque to mosque and from town to town.


Courtesy: K.P.Sajid, Mathrubhumi, August 18, 2002

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