Capital’s young and restless are getting high on soccer... and how! With the FIFA World Cup taking the world by storm, young fans in Delhi, too, are busy planning get-togethers, after-office sporting parties and, occasionally, putting their money where their mouth is. “I’ve requested for an early-morning shift so I can catch the world cup matches in the evening,” says 24-year-old Vikrant Seth, a BPO employee.
For some, it’s a chance to splurge. “I saved up for four months to buy a wide-screen TV now,” says Nishant Pandey, 23, a photographer. Those who can’t afford it, are renting it. “Groups of 4-5 students are renting an AC or TV for a month to watch matches together. The same happened during IPL,” says Ajit Saxena, an Indra Vihar shop owner who rents out electronic goods around North Campus. “We’re expecting business to double in this month.”
To add to the thrill, college students are also indulging in harmless betting on their favourite teams. “It gives me a reason to watch all the matches,” says Abhishek, a medical student who will bet a humble Rs 30 on each match with his friend.
Cyber space, too, is predictably flooded with posts and status updates about the World Cup. A Twitter page, toptweets_wc, that selects the most interesting tweets about the World Cup, already has thousands of followers. On Facebook, several people posted updates whenever a goal was scored, and some, even when one was saved!