Once a dedicated financial services professional for a global brand in Dubai, Hilal Khan, has been juggling between two loves of his life. The first being
Hilal has a passion for collecting
In India, Hilal is truly a one-of-a kind collector. His collection, stacked carefully at his home, has brands of The
“My family thinks I am mad but I am in love with the products that
His passion for collecting memorabilia did not happen by chance. At different retail outlets in Dubai, he had notice special edition bottles being sold, ones he had never seen in India. During the holy month of Ramzan, there were some special edition bottles he received which he did not feel like throwing away because of the messages they had. Soon, he started accumulating more bottles and cans, with different kinds of messages on them.
The collection has grown immensely from having traded with
When his newly-wed wife had entered their home, she promptly asked for them to be thrown away. There was little value she saw in keeping empty bottles and cans.
A friend of Hilal’s connected him to a collector, Alberto Moroni, in Italy, who was planning to visit Dubai a few weeks after they were introduced. When he visited Hilal’s city, they exchanged a few cans. Moroni is known to be one of the biggest collectors of
‘Share a Coke’ collection
The summer of 2018 was amazing for Hilal. Like many other countries,
“I will find someone from India who is doing something similar. I will also discuss it among friends,” he says, with hope.
Passion becomes the ‘profession’
For the last few years, Hilal has been juggling his passion with work. He wanted to put together a collection of memorabilia from India. “Being an Indian, I wanted to work on this specifically. When I searched about it, I found that there was hardly anything happening around this here,” he recalls. Now, he has quit his job as a finance professional and is focused on developing his collection.
Hilal is connected to some of them and their passion has given him an idea on what he can achieve by following his.
He is still to convince many of his friends and dear ones about the viability of his collection, but Hilal has always kept his chin up.
“I wish to develop a museum someday in India. That is the ultimate aim,” the grin on his face says it all. Perhaps that will be a worthwhile recognition of his passion.