At 8 feet and 1 inch, Dharmendra Pratap Singh looms over people everywhere he goes. In a country like India, where everyone is desperate to get a few inches taller than they already are, this should have been a massive advantage for Singh. Unfortunately, it isn’t.
“After completing my studies, when I could not get a regular job, I got an offer saying that I will be paid 30 pence per day at the amusement park…I charge 10 pence for one picture. Some people pay, some run away without paying. I get hurt when people run away without paying me…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.”
Though others in Singh’s family are of normal height, his maternal grandfather was 7’3” tall, which suggests his height is genetic. Singh was teased as a child with names like “camel” and “giraffe” and has problems making friends as many people throw taunts at him. Even his attempts to find a wife have been unsuccessful so far. He said:
“In terms of marriage, the main problem is my height. It will be very difficult to find someone who is tall enough for me. I think it is impossible…So this is also the reason why I haven’t had a girlfriend. Women are very much interested in me. They talk to me and giggle but I have never met anyone who I could look up to.”