Babu Sassi, a fearless young man from southern India, is known as the
“Indian on the top of the world.” Babu is the crane operator at the world’s
tallest building, the 819-meter Burj Dubai. His office, the cramped crane cab
perched on top of the Burj, is also his home.
It takes too long to come down to the ground each day to make it worthwhile -
although, when the building is completed, its elevators will be the world’s fastest.
Stories about his daily dalliance with death are discussed in revered terms by Dubai ’s
workers. Some say he’s been up there for more than a year, others whisper that
he’s paid 30,000 dirhams ($8,168) a month (compared with the average wage of
800 dirhams a month).
But everyone agrees - he’s worth it because nobody else would have
the courage to do the job!
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