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Indian ragpicker erects statue of himself to honour his life journey04:30

Indian ragpicker erects statue of himself to honour his life journey

India, Tamil Nadu
September 25, 2020 at 13:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

A ragpicker from Tamil Nadu's Salem district has spent all his life savings to erect a statue of himself on a plot of land he recently bought. He showcased his big size effigy on Thursday.

A. Nallathambi earns his living by picking discarded bottles from the street. Recently he spent one million Rupees to buy a plot of land to build his statue on it.

The marginal man is said to not have many friends and to have cut ties with his family. Despite earning only between Rs 200- Rs 300 (€3 - €4) a day by collecting plastic bottles and other recyclable products, he wanted to build something that would highlight his life story and inspire the next generation.

"If I die nobody would know that a person like me lived here. I erected my statue here for the children or elders to come here and know about my life journey," Nallathambi explained.

Nallathambi soon plans to have a grand unveiling of his own statue after inscribing his life journey in the stones. After his death, Nallathambi wants people to remember him as a man of hard work who lived with outmost discipline and honesty.

Indian ragpicker erects statue of himself to honour his life journey04:30
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A ragpicker from Tamil Nadu's Salem district has spent all his life savings to erect a statue of himself on a plot of land he recently bought. He showcased his big size effigy on Thursday.

A. Nallathambi earns his living by picking discarded bottles from the street. Recently he spent one million Rupees to buy a plot of land to build his statue on it.

The marginal man is said to not have many friends and to have cut ties with his family. Despite earning only between Rs 200- Rs 300 (€3 - €4) a day by collecting plastic bottles and other recyclable products, he wanted to build something that would highlight his life story and inspire the next generation.

"If I die nobody would know that a person like me lived here. I erected my statue here for the children or elders to come here and know about my life journey," Nallathambi explained.

Nallathambi soon plans to have a grand unveiling of his own statue after inscribing his life journey in the stones. After his death, Nallathambi wants people to remember him as a man of hard work who lived with outmost discipline and honesty.

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