Hooked on to chillies
17-month-old toddler in Assam happily devours the locally
available scorching Bhut Jolokia, recognised by the Guinness
Book of World Records as the hottest chilli on earth.
Hot chilli Bhut Jolokia
The parents of
Jayanta Lahan of Romai village in Dibrugarh district, 495 km
east of Assam’s main city of Guwahati, say the child gleefully
munches a handful of Bhut Jolokia, the world’s hottest chilli,
without batting an eyelid. "Just recently he ate some 50
Bhut Jolokias in about three to four hours without showing any
signs of tears or burning sensation in his stomach," the
child’s father Ritul, a farmer, said. The child, nicknamed
Johnny, became hooked on to chillies when he was just about
eight months. "I was cooking in my kitchen and Johnny was
crawling on the floor when he laid his hands on some chillies
and ate them. I cried for help but the kid was fine," his
mother Rupjyoti said.
little Johnny’s appetite for chillies has grown and today he
gobbles up handfuls of the fiery peppers with no effect on his
health. "When we visit homes of friends and relatives, the
host offers Bhut Jolokia to the kid instead of toffees. If
someone offers him a toffee, he pops it into his mouth and
instantly takes it out," the disbelieving parents said.
Even so, Johnny’s parents are concerned and try to keep him
away from his favourite munchies.
"We try to
divert his mind away from chillies. At times it works but it
seems he cannot live without eating it. We have consulted
several doctors and carried out medical tests but we were told
he is healthy and absolutely fine," his father said.
parents don’t want to risk their child’s health by going for