Life isn’t always easy at high altitude, as India’s tallest man would agree.
At 8ft 1in tall – only two inches shy of the world record – Dharmendra Singh stands head and shoulders above his fellow countrymen.
But because of his colossal height the 32-year-old, from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, is struggling to find love.
‘In terms of marriage, the main problem is my height,’ says Dharmendra. ‘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.’
Women trouble aside, Dharmendra’s height has also made it hard for him to find paying work.
‘Whenever I went for interviews for jobs, people asked how would I do the work if I was so tall.’
Reluctantly, he took up work as a freakshow performer at a local amusement park, where he spends his days in a cage-like structure selling photographs to paying punters for 10p a pop.
‘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,’ he says.
Singh also gets a monthly salary of £100 which enables him to survive.
While most of Dharmendra’s family are a normal height, his maternal grandfather was 7ft 3in, suggesting his size could be genetic.
As a child he was always taller than his peers and was often bullied in his youth.
‘I was ill-treated by many people who would call me names like giraffe or camel.
‘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.’
Dharmendra, who holds a Master’s degree in Hindi, says his height poses some real problems for him.
‘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,’ he says.
‘I need someone to go to market and buy things for me. I don’t go to the market very often because it is very crowded and people harass me.’
Nevertheless, he says being super tall is not all doom and gloom.
‘I feel great when people look at me and get happy. I make their day. They want to know about me and get photos clicked. I am immensely popular and it is all because of my height.’
See how Dharmendra copes in the video.