Ramachandriah has been selling makka butta (maize corn) at Tankbund for the last 10 years and is a familiar face to Hyderabadis who frequent the area.
Ramachandriah was a farmer in Mahbubnagar. As drought destroyed his crops and even bore wells failed him, he was forced to bring his family of four daughters and a son to Hyderabad to eke out a living. Since then the family has been living in a rented house in Khairatabad and Ramachandriah has become a fixture at Tankbund.
Though he makes good money on Sundays and holidays a sizeable amount is lost in bribes to traffic police and MCH to let him vend his ware. With great difficulty he got two daughters married and the other three children are in a hostel at Dilsukhnagar.
One of his daughters, Sarswati, has taken leave from school and hostel and is helping him.He has a debt of around `4 lakh. So far he could repay about `2 lakh and is hounded by the private financers.