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Amit Ranjan Karmakar's little shop is easy to miss. In his mid-60s, the 'radio man' of Kolkata sits surrounded by radio sets of all sizes and vintages.The old brand names roll off his tongue - Bush, Murphy, Phillips, Telefunken...once household names in India as far as radios went. By his own estimation, the oldest set in his shop dates back to 1944, brought in by a customer and never reclaimed.Today, business has nosedived, he admits, though he is still sought after by those wishing to preserve family heirlooms. "People come to me with radio sets belonging to their parents or grandparents, and ask if I can repair them, at any cost," says Karmakar. 1952 Phillips Holland model, and a 1962 Murphy radio, both in working order, once again unclaimed by their owners.Karmakar himself thinks he's probably the last of his breed left in Kolkata. That said, he knows radio sets will never come back in fashion, but he also knows that he will do nothing else for as long as he lives. On August 25,2021 in Kolkata,India. (Photo by Debajyoti Chakraborty/NurPhoto via AP)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi with other party senior leaders arrives to pay a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi seen after paying a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party workers pay a tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Gaurav Gogoi seen after paying a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi pays a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi pays a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi pays a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad pays a tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi seen after paying a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi arrives to pay a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party worker pays a tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party workers are seen after paying a tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party workers pay a tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi pays a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party worker takes a photo after paying a tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi pays a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as the Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi seen after paying a tribute to his father and the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary as Congress party observes the day as "Sadbhavana Diwas" at Veer Bhoomi in New Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and became the youngest Indian Prime Minister during 1984-89 and was assassinated in a terrorist attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel separatists, in the town of Sriperumpudur in the Tamil Nadu state during the electoral campaigning on May 21, 1991. (Photo by Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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