It’s finally here, the most awaited, glamorous, celebrated sports event in the world, the beautiful game, the 20th World Cup 2014. It opened yesterday in a grandiose fashion in Brazil. This event will have more than 1 billion viewers around the world and our Malaysian machas and machis are a part of it and we have the Malaysian way to watch World Cup.
World Cup is sometimes made an Akkaporu Cup by our Malaysian Indians
Foremost when World Cup happens, sleep gets sacrificed by the men and sometimes women in the house. This itself causes multiple problems. From arriving to work late to lying to boss for leave to watch matches only to be caught red handed later. Lack of sleep also causes one to be irritable and the tendency to fly off the handle at family members like wife and children elevates which can strain relationships that are meant to last for a lifetime. I’m sure all of you, football diehard fans have ASTRO Beyond. Record the matches and watch it when you have the time in your hands. It is not like football must only be watched live. Manage time wisely and drink lots of Nescafe O if you still wanna catch the matches live.
Sometimes World Cup lovers put full volume in their home theater set and cheer loudly at the unearthly hours at night. Not everyone is a football fan who watches the World Cup matches being wide awake in the middle of the night screaming bloody murder once a goal is in or missed. Neither the neighbours of the flamboyant football fans have sound proof walls built like in the movie Sattham Podathey. Have some consideration – your neighbour needs to go to work early in the morning the next day and they may have small children. Don’t make your neighbour scream at you, “Sattham Podathey!!” If the neighbour is a fellow Indian sollave vena. There are many 24/7 mamak restaurants which air live football matches – go there alone or with your buddies wearing jerseys, face art and gaudy wigs and armed with vuvuzelas and finish matter over one glass of teh tarik and one plate of roti canai. You can cheer or boo your insides out; nobody will question you; your voice would drown in the tumult of the crowd and it’s so much more enjoyable. You can also make new friends and eye girls who are football fans if that makes you tick. But, don’t get into fights at such public places please.
Betting culture involving money should be consigned ; it’s unlawful even. Putting your foot down that the team that you support is the one which would win the World Cup isn’t eclectic. Kanna, 32 countries are at stake. It’s not like you have Spidey senses and neither are you Nostradamus. Nostradamus predicted that the world would end in 2012 and it’s World Cup 2014 now. Nostradamus failed miserably, what makes you think you can surpass the clairvoyant? If your guess is correct, it is nothing more than a stroke of luck.
I’ve seen friends become enemies come World Cup. I don’t get it. The footballers get paid handsomely and some of us fight over which footballer or country or team is most superior. Is it worth losing a friend over a popular, filthy rich footballer who doesn’t even know who you are?
For those machas who missed watching World Cup matches live in the wee hours, they will be fighting over the remote control with their Tamil mega serial watching mothers and paatis. Either one would give in at last and they’d change channels when the ads are aired. Either amma would let the son have a glimpse of the match or the son would let his amma catch a bit of the serial when ads come on at either side. More often than not, the house would become a warzone.
Of course World Cup comes only once in four years and is both exhilarating and thrilling but it should be basked in sensibly. World Cup would greet us again in 2018 and till then let’s enjoy the beautiful game of World Cup without ruining our routine, productivity and the feelings of others and use it as an excuse to indulge in rowdy like behaviour. 🙂