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Deccan Herald » National » Detailed Story
Glutton dies hungry for Guinness recognition
DH News Service Thiruvananthapuram:
Rappai, the man who ate his way to fame, passed away in Thrissur on Saturday, leaving behind an unfulfilled dream of entering the Guinness Book of World Records. He was 64.

Rappai’s fans claim he has devoured up to 750 idlis, 25 kg of appam, hundreds of bananas and bucketsful of payasam in separate eating competitions. People who saw him every day confirm that he had an average of 75 idlis for breakfast, an equally heavy lunch and 15 parottas for dinner daily.

Initially seen as a restaurateur’s nightmare, his voracious appetite earned him the sobriquet Theeta Rappai (glutton).

Rappai, a bachelor, wore loose khaki shirts exhibiting his pot belly. His feat had entered the Limca Book of Records. Doctors ascribed his insatiable appetite to a hypothalamus dysfunction in the brain. “This meant that he did not get the sensation to stop eating. However, in July this year, he got hospitalised after digestive problems caught up with him,” said his long time friend Lawrence. “He worked as an errand boy for the rich and famous who repaid him through food,” said a hotelier.

Rappai put an end to the enterprise of a couple of hoteliers in Thrissur, his hometown, who came up with eat-as-much-as-you-can coupons. In one such exercise, he devoured three buckets full of rice, one bucket of fish curry and 10 kgs of meat. The restaurant virtually had to close down for the day after it ran out of food in full public glare. Several hoteliers tried in vain to end his eating spree by mixing lime with rice and putting pins on the plantain leaf.

A diabetic, Rappai struggled to carry his frame in his last days. Though the Guinness officials called him to Mumbai to demonstrate his feat, he could not go there.

He began dieting in the last one year when he weighed 140 kgs.
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