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Sleepless over soccer

Too much night life on television gives Delhiites a whole new body clock, writes Colin Fernandes.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2006 16:26 IST

Delhiites are spending sleepless nights. With the World Cup fever running high, India has turned into a nation of couch potatoes.

Habbits have changed and so has the body clock. And to top it all, the Hari Sadu’s (those irritating bosses) of Delhi are relaxing office norms so that their employees can walk-in to work late.

Air Sahara sales executive, Kabir Nayar’s life revolves around soccer on the boob tube with endless pints of beer from 6.30pm to well after three in the morning.

His boss has been informed that he WILL be coming late to work every time Italy plays. “Football is one of my favourites, so this behaviour goes without saying,” he says.

Cool bosses The bosses too are looking the other way round. Rohit Wadhwa of Swift Corporation, says, “One has to be considerate enough. When the world is glued to TV, how can we be tough.

So I have asked my employees to come late to office.” Final year college student Vibhor Sharma says his neighbourhood friends get together every evening at his house to watch every single game.

“My father is also a die-hard soccer fanatic, so before the World Cup began, he installed a projector with our existing home theatre system so every night is football night in my house,” he grins.

Sporting spouses Advertising executive Karuna Kapil was never a real soccer fan but, “having three men in the family changed that”.

“Their enthusiasm got me hooked as well and now I stay up with them for each game, although I’m really the official meal maker than anything else!” she adds.

It isn’t just about waking up late. Several soccer fans have changed meal timings with later dinners and skipping breakfasts.

“My first meal of the day is lunch at the office,” says Nayar. As the soccer fever continues, Delhi’s beer bellies are here to stay.