Past is the past .. learn from it and move how many times have we heard that .Last Saturday as a part of a field trip from the school I work at , I was very fortunate to meet a person who has been living in the past for last 30 some years .
Mr. Rasheed an AC mechanic by profession and an electrical electronic tech guy owning his own business at a place called Nilambur Kerala , has been collecting a variety number antiques , currency , stamps and coins of the ages gone by .
Being interested in Photography the 1st exhibit an old obscura camera at the entrance caught my eye , the rest was walk down history lane :)
With various antiques from different parts of the global right from the tools used for ploughing fields to old kerosene lamps used in the olden days of Kerala to the water vessels used by the natives of Saudi Arabia , the exhibits was received with much interest from the students .
Among the old treasures from the past was a array of old aged technology ranging from old alarm clocks to telephones to old cameras ,a gramophone , AND a telephone that was used on aeroplanes !!
One could see the passion Mr Rasheed had for such things , He had been working as a AC mechanic in the middle east , and his job took him places in and around the middle east where he was able to collect a few of the Arabian antiques . Though his passion took wings to a large scale collection once he had a job and was earning he says his interest for such things had been there since he was young boy . As he loves to travel He collected most of exhibits from his travels .Some of the exhibits he had to buy , some were gifted and given to him by people and friends who knew of his interests and passion .He says the best information he gets is by talking to old men and connecting their past or history with them
It wasn’t just the antiques of vessels and wear and larger part of the area exhibited a much more larger part of world history with old aged documents , stamp papers , coins and currency , not just from around the world but also from different times gone by
The students of Silvermount International School had a brief yet a interesting insight to history and many faces where in aww as Mr Rasheed with his son Riyan and group of his friends explained almost each and every thing displayed .
A few of the interesting things to note
Mr.Rasheed not only has the keen interest and passion but also has a in depth knowledge of the all collections he has and is ever more keen on imparting his knowledge on the history and back ground facts with others ,On talking about expanding to a larger area like opening up a museum , he has plans on opening a study and research center , where he believes to teach students about history through the coins and collections . Both the students and facilitators had a knowledgeable time and we wish him the very best .
I am posting his visiting card below in case any one needs to know more or contact him directly .