Yes!! It’s time when people across the world catch a fever which hits once every 4 years and is very very infectious and has tell-tale symptoms of hoarse throats, sleep deprivation leading to bleary eyes and emotional highs and downs which can put the best of roller-coasters to shame! 🙂
Yes, unless you are a visitor from Mars, you must be aware I am talking about the FIFA World Cup, which starts in a few hours in Brazil. Now, if you are not familiar with India, you might be wondering why an Indian is so excited about Football?? Google tells me that India’s ranking in 2014 is an envy-inducing 154!! 😛
But, that is merely a piece of statistic, which tells nothing about the passion many Indians have for the game, or the cult-like following the Messis, Neymars and the Cristiano Ronaldos of the world have here. Indians make up for their lack of football playing prowess with an enthusiastic following for the game. And amongst Indians, no one is crazier about football than the Bengali (I am one, but not crazy for football). And, most Bengalis are traditionally Brazil or Argentina supporters (I used to support Argentina). And thanks to the time difference between India and Brazil, most matches will start-off well past midnight, Indian time. So, people are busy calculating how they are going to juggle their jobs and the number of days they will need to report sick for work!
These photographs were taken in the beautiful city of Gangtok, which is cradled in the mountains. It’s a place I love going back to. The Paljor stadium, is a must visit destination, if you are an early riser. It is open to all citizens of Gangtok, for their morning walks. Youngsters can be found honing their dribbling skills. And, as I found out, 3 days in a week, Gangtok Police conducts aerobics classes for its forces. I was lucky to visit the stadium one such day. It was a funny sight to see the kids playing football while the policemen and women were busy doing aerobics!
I hope you enjoyed viewing the moments as much as I did! 🙂