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The 99 Rupee Buffet

June 4, 2010

I was going through some old photos of mine and chanced upon a particular one and I knew that I had to write about it.

Fate was mighty kind to us back in 2004 when by a stroke of luck, a “family restaurant with bar attached”, named “Park Rajdhani” opened in a grand fashion at a place called “Ulloor Junction”, near our college.

The highlight of the restaurant was its 99 rupee dinner buffet, a vast spread that included everything from 20 types of dosa, appams, biriyanis, chapattis, parothas coupled with every imaginable non-veg/veg dish that would interest the mallu public. The desert menu included everything that was dear to the average mallu including gulab jamuns, payasams etc.

 It was also the perfect time for us. The “campus interview” season was in full swing and many good blokes, landed jobs left, right and center. This incidentally gave rise to the question of treats.

The planning committee for “treat giving” deemed it befitting that the blokes give their treat at Park Rajdhani and the chairman of the planning committee personally requested the public to eat as much as they could since 99 rupees per person was a lot of money.

We numbered about 40 blokes that day and many people (including me) skipped their lunch to be in fighting shape for the evening contest.

The main contenders who were tipped to win the eating contest were:

  1. Well, me: I had a fearsome appetite those days even though I was reed thin. Nowadays, I don’t eat half of what I used too back then, but I am overweight. Karma works in mysterious ways.
  2. Joji: An evening snack, which generally meant a small bonda or a parippu vada for normal mortals, usually meant a full plate of chicken biriyani for this dude. A heavily built six-footer, his personal idea of a workout was lifting the gas cylinders in his house!!! Nope, I am not joking!
  3. Ajish: A man perfectly designed by nature to eat who had come to study in our college all the way from the Andaman Island.
  4. Thomachan: An achayan who only dreamt about food and booze and his drama troupe; in no particular order.

 And so the games began at about 7 in the evening. We started early so that we had enough time to enjoy the meal completely.

I felt in good nick that day and I plodded through the food in systematic fashion.

After an hour of heavy eating, I noticed that only half the public were to be seen in the restaurant and that was when I saw the funniest thing in my life. About 10 blokes were lying down on the sofa in the front lounge, tired to even sit up properly.

When I asked them about it, they claimed that they were resting and would soon join the contest after 15 minutes of rest.

I saw a few others, outside the restaurant, pacing up and down. They also claimed that they were resting and would be back as soon as they could digest some food.

Then I saw Mr. SR come out of the restroom. He had forcibly puked out everything that he had eaten so that he could rejoin the festivities; determined fella he was!

The 5 foot Mr. Spaarmone, who decided that he could never hope to win the contest, decided to merely concentrate on the gulab jamuns and at last count, he had eaten about 20 of them.

The contest continued for another hour and by that time, there were 3 men left; me, Joji and Ajish. The others were eating deserts by then (which was a separate contest in itself).

Joji (who we thought would win the contest) was the next person to quit. He quit, not because he was full but because his mom had made his favorite chicken biriyani and he had to get back home to eat that as well.

And pretty soon Ajish quit as well. Eating the last dosa to go one up on Ajish was painful but soon, I finished it (as others cheered on wildly) and was declared the deserving winner!!!!!!!!!!!

The place was a complete disaster by then and the management looked visibly happy when we finally left at about 9:30 PM when they had run out of gulab jamuns.

It was just not us, mechanical blokes who raided the place. Almost everyone from all other departments, carpet bombed the place and within three weeks of the grand opening, the hotel management pumped up the price to 299 Rs and it remained that figure till we passed out of college.

PS: These were the events in 2004/2005. Dont know about the pricing now!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2010 5:33 am

    HILARIOUS! You’ve awesome comic timing my friend! 🙂
    OG: hey Thanks! 😛

  2. June 4, 2010 8:00 am

    I know what gulab jamuns are but julab jamuns (3rd. para)? According to the urban dictionary (, ‘julab’ is “The waste material produced while the stomach being out of order is known as julab. It is tatti in liquid form.”
    OG: hahahahaahahha!!! classic bones!!!!!!!!!!! just noticed it myself……… and updated it 😛

  3. June 4, 2010 11:19 am

    LOL! What were they thinking when they priced it at one rupee 🙂
    OG: 99 Rs u mean 😛

  4. June 4, 2010 12:00 pm

    LOL!!! What a treat that must have been. Loved this line ‘…Karma works in mysterious ways…’. You bet man!!!
    OG: yeah, it was…….. 😛

  5. June 4, 2010 5:17 pm

    Hahah…good old Trivandrum days! Park Rajdhani!!! 😀 😀 I still go there when I am in tvm.. So u were around during its initial days eh?
    OG: yeah, I was 😛
    He quit, not because he was full but because his mom had made his favorite chicken biriyani and he had to get back home to eat that as well. LOL! 😀

    yay! so u actually won a food-eating contest!! cant believe it!!
    OG: u better 😛 😛 😛 😛

  6. June 8, 2010 6:49 am

    drohikale! Park Rajadhani buffet price 299 aakkiyo!!?? It was a nice preferred hangout for me and pals whenever we were in Trivandrum. Even took my family a few times because 99/head + taxes wouldn’t burn the pockets as much as you’d fear.
    OG: hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!1 dude, this happened a couple of years back………. no idea about rates now 😛
    OG, ee chathi njangalodu vendayirunnu.. 😦
    OG: hahahahahaahhaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Happy Kitten permalink
    June 8, 2010 9:26 am

    nd were there no strikes for this utter “droham” ?
    OG: 😛 nope 😛 we found other places to eat 😛

  8. June 8, 2010 3:20 pm

    hahah no wonder they raised to 299 with in fews days 🙂
    OG: hahahahaha 😛

  9. June 9, 2010 10:10 am

    OG: 😛 yeah!

  10. June 9, 2010 2:48 pm

    This is hilarious……I cd just imagine the whole scene 😀

    And the hotel’s gedhi is to be pitied…even 299 sounds too cheap really 😀
    OG: the hotel seemed to be doing pretty well 😛
    This reminds me of an incident which happened yrs back. KFC used to have ‘eat all u can’ for 20 dhs. My husband went with a few friends….most of them gave up after 5-6 pcs but 1 ‘huge’ friend ate around 15 pcs of chicken. Another guy in the group puked after watching him 😀
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! classic!!!!!

    • June 10, 2010 8:27 am

      Nancy, look at ur DP !!!! OG, change into something else, na ????
      OG: how do I change it? 😛

      • June 11, 2010 7:55 am

        WP – Settings – Discussion – Last option is Default Avatar – change to something better in that. 🙂

  11. June 10, 2010 8:26 am

    My God, OG, if your tummy hurt after eating, my tummy is hurting after all the laughing. LOL. 😆
    Its hilarious to the core…
    all you guys were fantastic….taking part in eating contest with such sportiveness…
    that guy who quit to eat his mom’s briyani, deserves a pat on his back….
    20 gulaab jamuns in one shot….My God, I cant even eat one….
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!! yeah, those were the days………………… 😛
    So, finally all you guys made that buffet so famous, that they had to increase the price to keep u guys off ???? 😉 😉
    OG: nobody appreciated us for the fine work that we did 😛

  12. June 12, 2010 6:18 pm


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