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Hoteliers in Thrissur can now run their business without the Rappai-phobia.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2006 04:08 IST

Hoteliers in Thrissur can now run their business without the Rappai-phobia. They used to pull their shutters once they saw the slow-moving shadow of Rappai.

The man in question is not a goon or a food-inspector but a voracious eater. From one hundred idlis to a just dozen, from two buckets full of rice to a plateful-- doctors have finally doused the fire in Rappai’s belly.

Relieved, many hoteliers are planning to restart all-you-can-eat buffets, stopped ever since Rappai invaded the area. Theeta (monstrous eater), as he’s popularly known in Kerala, won’t be there to tongue-polish their plates. After his week-long hospitalisation, doctors have advised the eating sensation to cut down his food intake or be ready for serious health problems.

The police are also happy with the new development. On several occasions, the cops had to intervene to rein in the monstrous eater. Once college students took sweet revenge on a restaurateur with Rappai’s help. He took an “unlimited meals” coupon and emptied the day’s food -- three buckets full of rice, one bucket of fish curry and 10 kg cooked meat --in no time. Finally, law-enforcers had to be called in to end his sumptuous feast.

A regular at eating competitions, he ate 700 idils in one sitting in Kasargod and gobbled up 10 kg halwa in 10 minutes in Thalasserry, records are aplenty. His story attracted global media’s attention and some international magazines covered his story.

Though Rappai developed his massive appetite at a very young age, the 64-year-old never thought that his jumbo belly would shrink so fast. Two weeks ago, a severe tummy ache forced him to consult doctors.