Kathiroor, my village is about 8kms. away from Thalassery Town in Kannur District. The rows of shops called "peedika" on both sides of Thalassery-Coorg road which pass by our village, is the main gathering place. The century old Govt. High School, the Gramapanchayat Office, sree Sooryanarayana Temple etc. are located here.
In my childhood there were shops of Ayurvedic medicine - tharimarunnu- where the vidyar, the medical practioner treated us for all our ailments. There was a pot maker - chempotty- who made copper vessels out of copper sheets. The beating sound on copper vessels was the background music of our village. Kollan made all types of household articles out of iron like kathi, pichathi, koduval( knife), mazhu( axe), kaikkott(shovel) etc.. for our daily use. The sweet smell from the Appakkood (oven) spread all over the village. Rotti, Palabiscat, lotta, resk etc were the main products of Aappente appakkode. The hotels garlended with golden yellow bananas were furnished with lengthy tables and benches on one side and a samover on the other side. The tea-maker who made 2 meter tea-thread while preparing tea was a very interesting sight in those days. Vellappam, puttu, kayundda, pazhampori, parippuivada etc. were the delicious items. Avilidian made avil - rice flakes- which is rich in vitamines. All these made our village selfsufficient. In those days , the main occupation besides cultivation was beedi and churut (cigar) making and handloom weaving. All these specialist traders are almost in extinct now . Today in its place we have Electrical & Electronic shops, Vedio shops, Icecream parlors, cosmetic shops etc. But one thing unchanged is in the field of politics. Here people live not only for their livelyhood, but for their ideology. The Gramapanchayat is headed by the CPI(M) . There is one art gallery under the gramapanchayat which may be the first in our country under a local governing body. Visit www. kadirurgramapanchayatartgallery.info/