Writing with a pen is considered to be outdated with the revolution in the digital world. Even children hesitate to use pen in their classrooms. However, these tendencies hasn’t made J Rajesh, hailing from Ayyappan kavu in Ernakulam, give up selling pens.
Anyone visiting his mobile pen shop cannot help but buy a pen. The thick and long missile pen and the thin and stylish Kilipoyi pen (named after a recently released Malayalam film) are enough to motivate you to start writing with a pen.
Why name a pen? Rajesh smiles and says, “From my experience, I realised that naming pen attracts people’s attention.” The highlights of his collection include the ‘light emitting’ pen (a pen with a torch in it), ‘egg pen’, ‘fountain pen’ and more. He travels and sells his products at conventions, seminars, camps and NGO programmes.
“Though fancy pen have numerous customers, officers still prefer the costly fountain pen,” he admits. Rajesh has never missed a political party programmes for the last several years. Explaining the reason behind his interest to be part of political programmes he says, “People’s representatives and politicians always like to decorate their pocket with a pen. If it is attractive they will be happy,” added Rajesh. Recently, he was in Kozhikode to sell his pen at the ‘Graminam 2013’, a programme launched by the Kozhikode Corporation.
The man was also there for the Panchayat Day celebrations held at the Gujarati Hall.
Pen in any colour you want is available at his mobile shop. According to Rajesh, rose, yellow, orange and green are the fast moving colours among children. “I found the entire pen in his collection wonderful. Among these, the most attractive is the missile pen,” said R Anuvinda, an engineering student.