BENGALURU: Eating five ragi balls and 10 jowar rotis in 10 minutes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was just a for 40-year-old Shanthappa who took up the challenge in style.
In a competition held to celebrate the first year of at on Saturday, the Magadi resident managed to beat all the nine other opponents. Shanthappa, who was the last-minute entrant, bagged Rs 5,000 and 30 days of free food at Appaji Canteen.

Shanthappa said he came to know about the competition on Friday night, but when he called to enrol his name, the organisers said the registrations were closed but would let him to compete if any contestant fails to turn up.

A luck would have it, a competitor did not come and Shanthappa got the chance to take part. “I could eat ragi balls easily, but it was not the same with roti. In four minutes I ate four ragi balls, each one weighing around 200 grams. It took six minutes for me to finish 10 rotis,” he said. A week ago, Shanthappa had participated in a similar competition in and bagged the fourth place.

Shanthappa claimed he chose jowar roti though he could have easily had at least 15 ragi balls in 10 minutes as the competition was aimed at sending across a message for united Karnataka.

“As some vested interests are campaigning to divide Karnataka, we want to spread a message that the state should remain one. At Appaji Canteen, we’ve introduced jowar roti and ennegaayi for Rs 5. It’s also a symbol of united Karnataka. We’re also planning to establish Appaji Canteens in areas where there are no Indira Canteens,” TA Saravana, JD(S) MLC, said.

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