TN Ragpicker Spends ₹10 Lakhs To Erect His Own Statue As He Wanted To Make A Name For Himself


Most of us want to be remembered for something good that we did in our lifetime. But it’s a harsh reality that not many get the change to do something memorable.

However, one man was so keen on wanting to make a name for himself that he spent his entire life’s savings to achieve it. The remarkable thing about this story is that the person in question isn’t “rich” by societal standards. In fact, this is the story of a 60-year-old humble ragpicker from a village in Tamil Nadu who picks bottles off streets to earn a living.

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According to a report by TOI, the man, Nallathambi, spent his entire life’s savings of Rs 10 lakhs to buy a total of 2400 sq ft of land on Vazhapadi-Belur village road and erect his own life-sized statue. He never shared his money with his family and walked away from them 20 years ago.

Nallathambi used to work as a mason earlier but quit his job after it became too “demanding”. He then started working as a rag picker and earned between Rs 250 to Rs 300 daily. Ever since he has been earning, he saved every penny to fulfil his dream – to make a name for himself.

So he approached a sculptor, paid him Rs 1 lakh and had himself made a 5-feet tall statue cast of stone. The statue is set on a pedestal under a concrete canopy.

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“When I was young, I wanted to make a name for myself. I wanted a statue of my own. I have fulfilled my dream now,” he said.

This incident can be called the “revenge” of a man who has been unknown and uncared for most of his life, settling scores with ‘life’ itself. Well, people do have unconventional ways of fighting destiny!

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