Kozhikode: Puumullil Meethayil Sankaran has been peddling his head-load of fish in bustling Perambra for the past 72 years. When he started out aged 10, the world was a far gentler place counting its purchases in annas. He recounts how 5 annas of fish was enough for a family. The maximum anyone would purchase used to be for re. 10, far removed from the costly state of affairs now. He wraps his wares in leaves bound by plantain fibre, which his customers too prefer. Like plastic, slippers too are alien to his life. His wife and 3 children make for a caring family. He says that while they can provide for all his needs, there is nothing to equal the sense of pride in earning one’s own livelihood at a sprightly 82.
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