Meet the builder who is ad­dicted to eat­ing BRICKS I started at the age of 10. Now it feels like a ne­ces­sity to me. I can skip meals, but not bricks or mud. I have suf­fered no side ef­fects. My teeth are ab­so­lutely fine. I can bite into the hard­est stone

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - Pakki­rappa Hu­na­gundi chew­ing a rock

This is In­dian builder Pakki­rappa Hu­na­gundi and he is ad­dicted to eat­ing BRICKS. The 30-year-old be­came hooked on de­vour­ing noned­i­ble ob­jects af­ter first de­vel­op­ing the ac­quired taste when he was 10-years-old.

For 20 years he has con­sumed up to three ki­los of de­bris a day, in­clud­ing mud and gravel, he finds ly­ing around his vil­lage in Kar­nataka.

But de­spite his strange eat­ing dis­or­der - thought to be caused by a con­di­tion called Pica - he in­sists he hasn’t suf­fered any ill-ef­fects.

And he wants to use his strange eat­ing habits to make some money for his fam­ily by trav­el­ling across In­dia show­cas­ing his tal­ents.

Fussy eater Pakki­rappa said: “I love eat­ing them. It has be­come a part of my life.

“I started at the age of 10. Now it feels like a ne­ces­sity to me. I can skip meals, but not bricks or mud. “I have suf­fered no side ef­fects. “My teeth are ab­so­lutely fine. “I can bite into the hard­est stone with­out a prob­lem.”

The oddball eater causally chews on freshly baked bricks he finds scat­tered around his vil­lage.

And he uses noth­ing more than a glass of wa­ter to help digest the build­ing ma­te­rial which he says tastes “A1” - an In­dian term mean­ing the best. But all is not well at the Hu­na­gundi’s house­hold be­cause his mother has faced an up­hill bat­tle to stop her son’s strange habit.

He added: “My mother says don’t eat all this. She keeps in­sist­ing, but even if she gives me chicken fry, I don’t eat it.

“I don’t like that at all. I need mud and bricks to eat. I can’t help my own habit.” Af­ter news of his brick eat­ing spread, Hu­na­gundi has been inun­dated with people wish­ing to see him.

One friend said: “He has be­come very fa­mous, but he is a poor man. We wish some­one would help him.

“When we see him, we feel very bad. When he comes to our field, he goes around eat­ing mud.

“He rel­ishes hot char­coal too like a snack.”

The brick-eat­ing brickie strug­gles to make ends meet.

He said: “My fa­ther died four years ago. I have to take care of my mother. We don’t have any in­come.

“So I want to make use of my talent. I want to show people what I can do.

“I want earn some money.”

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