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Monday, Dec 16, 2019

Delhiwale: Nobody killed the radio star

This radio looks like an antique of the bygone world but believe it or not it comes with a USB port and a remote control

delhi Updated: Jan 09, 2018 11:18 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
Abdul Kayum’s beloved radio.
Abdul Kayum’s beloved radio.(Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

This impressive radio resembles something our grandfathers might have owned and cherished. It comes complete with a frequency display and a rexine cover.

In fact, the unit is only around 10 years old, explains its proud owner, rickshaw mechanic Abdul Kayum. “It still works so well!” says Kayum, who bought the radio at his native village in Bihar. “Never any problems!”


We bumped into Mr Kayum the other day at a chai stall, his beloved radio by his side. He clearly adores it. And he shows us something we didn’t expect in an aging apparatus: a USB port. Plucking a pink pen drive from it, he explains: “This is my memory! It has all my qawwalis!”


He’s got more to demonstrate. The mechanic removes a remote control from his pocket to switch the radio on. How modern is that! “And you can still buy radios like this in Bihar villages, but not here in Delhi,” he reports.

This grand apparatus never really parts company with Mr Kayum. “We’re in bed by around 11, but for the next couple of hours my woman and I just lie there listening to those old film songs of Lata and Mukesh.”