Tirthe came to Lower Ramalingam about 30 years ago. At the time of our interview he was 75 years old. When he first came here, there were only 4 houses in Lower Ramalingam. There was not much agriculture at that time, so he worked as a logger at Sessni, Sunderview and Lama Camp.
Each logger had a nail about 8 inches long, which would be hammered into a log. A hook attached to a sling. They pulled logs (called dhulai in Nepali) with a chain and hook strapped across their shoulders.
They pulled logs alone in tough mountainous terrain until they reached a path which was better connected. Logging camps were basic – tarpaulins for roofs and wood planks for walls
With the vagaries of age their back-breaking work took a toll and left many with back and knee problems.They used to be paid by cubic feet, and the distance over which it was pulled. They would pull beams of 6 to 10 cubic feet over distances as far as 5km.