New Delhi, May 28: Dharmendra Singh, with the height of 2.4m (8ft 1 inch) - only 11cm shy of the world record (2.51m, 8ft 3 inch), is claimed to be the tallest man of India.
An MA in History, Dharmendra failed to get any job due to his unusual height. Currently, he works as a freak show performer at a local amusement park in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
He earns a salary of Rs 10,000 per month and he also charges Rs 10 per picture and earns Rs 500 to Rs 1000 in a day. However, life is not so easy for 35-year-old Dharmendra.
Speaking about his struggle for getting a decent job and a girl as life partner, Dharmendra was quoted as saying, "I charge Rs 10 for one picture. Some people pay, some run away without paying. I get hurt when people run away without paying me."
During an interview with The Telegraph, Dharmendra was quoted as saying, "I was ill-treated by many people who would call me names like ‘giraffe' or ‘camel'."
"Some people would say that I have grown too tall and I have become useless. People would say I have become hopeless. I used to feel bad about these things."
"I have to face a lot of problems in my day to day life because of my height. I need a helper to help me with smaller things. I have trouble even walking."
"I few months back, I had fractured my hip bone. I got myself treated in Delhi. I have a plate in my hip, and I have to bear pain because of it. I have to use a stick for support."
"Whenever I went for interviews for jobs, people asked how I will work if I am so tall."
"I was not very friendly with the children in my neighbourhood and I didn't make many friends. I have a problem - I can't make friends. And that holds true for women also."