P.K.Shajahan is a familiar face at the Indira Gandhi Moffusil bus stand in Kozhikode. One may notice this youth at the entrance corner of the new bus stand, engaged in selling newspapers and magazines.
Whatever new trends emerged in the reading habits thanks to the technology, Shajahan certifies that there is no fall in print media selling.
Even if he is quite aware that many people are switched to online reading, thanks to the technology and cheaper mobile phones with internet access, his experience proves that one is not a threat to the other.
He admits that online reading is growing in past pace, however people still have a passion to print media.
He has been quenching the reading thirst of the city for the last eight years. A polio affected youth, belongs to Kannur, he arrived in Calicut in search of a better livelihood.
Both of his legs have been affected with polio and paralysed when he was only one and half years.
He started small news paper agency business in the beginning and expanded with as many as agencies he can manage. His days begin in the wee hours and continue until the last copy is sold out. Some days he will have some unsold copies. He has to arrange everything perfectly before he takes a leave from the crowded bus stand.
Readers from various places come here asking news papers in Malayalam, English and Tamil. Almost all newspapers in English and Malayalam published in Kozhikode are available while top Tamil newspapers like Dinakaran Dinathanthy and Dinamalar also have their presence, here.
Even if most of his readers are floating group, he has regular customers including busy professionals and students. He says some lawyers and doctors who engage in morning walk is some of his regular customers. He starts his days at 3’o clock and continues until 11 am, regularly.
Some days he stays the whole night in the bus stand waiting for the fresh newspapers from various presses in the wee hours. Sundays and special days, he is extra alert to keep all in order to attach supplement pages with main edition.
He forgets all his disabilities while doing his daily tasks of selling newspapers.
He uses his three wheeled scooter to travel in and around city after his business.
After discontinuing his studies from eighth standard due to financial difficulties, Shajahan appeared open stream S.S.L.C but could not get through.
He also learned computer operation and now confident to work.
“I have engaged with works these days and it is difficult to learn as I did in small age”-says 31 year old Shajahan.
However he keeps his spirit to go ahead with studies because his major dream is to obtain a government job.Also, this bachelor wants to think of his marriage after fulfilling his job dream.