On 04th January 1981 – One of India’s best doubles player Valiyaveetil Diju (popularly known as “V. Diju” was born at Ramanattukara, in the Calicut district.
In December 2009, Diju and his mixed doubles partner Jwala Gutta reached the World Super Series Masters final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
With his mixed doubles partner Jwala Gutta, he reached a career high ranking of no. 6 in 2010 becoming the first doubles partnership from the country to be ranked amongst the top-10.
He represented India at the 2012 London Olympics in mixed doubles.