Eight years ago Chandra Puchakkaad was working in an export-import company, Swan International. He travelled around the globe, visiting almost 20 countries. He didn’t have a care in the world until he received a phone call from a friend.
His friend was dejected and desperate as his US visa was rejected because he had laminated his B.Tech certificate. The embassy denied him visa as he couldn’t get the certificate attested. He had tried in all the metros in India, and finally approached Puchakkaad to ask if he knew it was possible in any foreign country.
The search proved that there was no one in the world who could de-laminate a laminated document.
“Throw it (the certificate) away if you can’t get it done,” his friend said. The words echoed in Puchakkaad’s ears. They gnawed at his heart.
Puchakkaad decided to give it a try. After a month, he came up with a technique that will de-laminate any laminated document.
It was just the beginning of an unusual journey. What started as a service to help those who were in such panicky situations has finally become Puchakkaad’s profession.
Puchakkaad now owns a shop, ‘Dubai Duty Paid Shop and Delaminators’, at the Saphalyam Complex, Palayam.
“Mostly people approach me with laminated fixed deposit documents, land deed documents, certificates, etc.,” he says.
But there have been curious cases too. “The other day a man approached me with a laminated driving license which expired in 2006. He wanted me to delaminate it and add a one to make it 2016. He said I would save his family by doing so. I literally drove him away,” says Puchakkaad. “I am not a saviour. I don’t do things that would put me in trouble,” he adds.
He often gets distress calls, and some are curious cases. He remembers an estate owner from Idukky approaching him, a few years ago, at six in the morning, . “He gave me two Reserve Bank of India promissory notes (Kadapathram) worth Rs20 lakhs and 15 lakhs each. He had got them laminated and couldn’t claim the money. He had been paying Rs50,000 a year because he hadn’t claimed it.” Puchakkaad helped him out.
Parcels from across India come, searching for the delaminator. “I receive parcels from various parts of the country, and almost 1 lakh people have come to Trivandrum to visit me over these five years,” he says, pointing to the courier covers that have come to him from TTK Services, Bangalore.
The story of Puchakkaad doesn’t end with delamination. There is a secret behind the Kasargod native coming to Trivandrum, which he hasn’t shared with many. “That has been a secret for years. I came here to become a writer.”
Many of us don’t know that Puchakkaad is the winner of Kairali Sahitya Puraskar for his novel, “Adrishyathayude nizhalukal” (Shadows of the invisible).Puchakkaad has tried his hand on a few books before, like ‘Magara Jyoti’, ‘Theiyyam’. “This one is entirely different,” he says.
“It’s been 19 years since I wrote this book and it might be the first book that is simultaneously written in English and Malayalam. The book will be published soon.”
“The book is set in 16th century Goa, and is based on facts and the main character is a distant relative of Latha Mangeshkar. The story revolves around the devdasi system,” he says.
Puchakkaad makes a promise. “Once I get recognised as a writer I will reveal my delamination technique to the world.”
Pray that Puchakkaad’s book gets the applause so that the delaminator will delaminate his laminated techniques, which will be a huge relief and help for people around the world.
For further details on delamination, please check the website: www.delaminatorsindia.com
Chandra Puchakkaad can be contacted on 9447208757 or 0471 232142