Personal Agenda: Bhaichung Bhutia, Footballer
Read on to know your favourite footballer Bhaichung Bhutia better.Updated: Sep 29, 2012 16:46 IST
Sun sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: December 15
School/college: Tashi Namgyal Academy, Gangtok
Place of birth: Tinkitam, Sikkim
High point of your life: Playing for the national team
Low point of your life: Can’t remember any
First break: Getting into Sikkim under-12 team when I was just 10 years old
Currently doing: Helping the Rotary campaign against polio, teaching football to young players and being a part of the United Sikkim club
If I could...
I’d host a travel show
Captain the indian football team for the world cup
Become a good singer
What was the experience of playing with Didier Drogba like?
It was a great experience and we had a nice, fun game.
What did Drogba tell you when you sat with him at halftime?
He was about to leave Chelsea and I was asking him about his future plans.
Are you a doting dad to your twins? Does football leave enough time for you to be an involved dad?
I try my best to spend as much time as I can with all three kids (I have a daughter too), but it gets a bit difficult at times.
Have your dancing moves improved after winning Jhalak Dikhla Jaa?
I really don’t think so as I haven’t been dancing.
Your all-time favourite footballers and why?
Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, as both of them are highly talented and I love their style of playing.
Who are your friends in the field of cricket?
I am in touch with a lot of them and enjoy chatting with Dhoni, Dravid and Tendulkar.
The issues closest to your heart are...
Mostly about the north-east. Trying to educate people about it and also polio.
If you weren’t a football player, what would you would have been?
I really have no idea. I started playing football pretty early. Perhaps I’d have been a cricketer or a basketball player.
If you were an ice cream, what flavour would you be?
One song that defines your current state of mind?
I love all peppy Bollywood numbers.
Your greatest extravagance?
Cars. I just love SUVs and the Audi Q5 is my latest possession.
Your favourite travel destination?
Honestly speaking, it’s Sikkim. I have come back to Sikkim after 20 years.
One thing about your appearance that you don’t like?
I could have certainly done with some more height.
What can you live in?
Sportswear. Cotton track pants and a T-shirt from Nike.
The last line of your autobiography would read...
...still working hard.
What makes your day?
Now it’s my family.
What spoils it?
Anything that doesn’t fall according to plan.
Your mantra for success?
Enjoy what you do.
From HT Brunch, September 30
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First Published: Sep 29, 2012 16:34 IST