Wednesday, January 19

Goa Party Leader Hopes to Change Nap Vote | India


When Goan politician Vijai Sardesai speaks the word suspend – soo-saay-gaad – languidly rolls the tongue. Susegad is the word for Goa’s laid-back, laid-back culture, and Sardesai is committed to protecting an integral feature of it: the siesta.

Government elections will not be held until early next year, but Sardesai, leader of the Goa Forward party, has decided to take his best step forward (without much energy) by declaring that if he wins and becomes prime minister, it will be an hour ago. Nap at any time between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The unusual electoral promise has sparked some interest (although nothing too strenuous) and comes at a time when many Indians from outside the tropical paradise, who have bought shops and businesses here, have been indigning to keep their stores open during siesta. . time. They even work on Sundays.

For Goans, this behavior is deplorable. When you could sit in the shade near a palm tree, have a cold beer, followed by a lunch of fish and rice and a nap, why the hell would you be stupid enough to want to work?

The head of the Goa Forward Party, Vijai Sardesai.
The head of the Goa Forward Party, Vijai Sardesai. Photograph: Goa Forward Party Office

Sardesai, 51, insists on a daily nap, even during a “hectic” election campaign (by Goa standards). He turns off his phone and he’s not the only one. The toilet may be blocked and the laptop has broken down, but only a dumb person would try to find a repairman during those sweltering, sweltering hours.

“The siesta is part of susegad and susegad It is the laid back and laid back identity of Goa. With outsiders who do not respect the ritual, I want to make it a law. For us, what matters is the quality of life, not the amount of money. We love what we have, ”Sardesai said.

He cited medical research showing that a power nap can improve performance and memory, lift spirits, make people more alert, and reduce the chances of heart attacks.

“Nap relaxes you. I find that if I skip it, I feel tired, I can’t function. And then I can’t enjoy my evening, so what’s the point? I ask.

A misfit because she works “24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” real estate agent Lisa Waheeda Sousa knows the unspoken rules. “It is considered the height of rudeness to disturb someone between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The feeling is “why work when you can relax?” The people are content. They don’t want to be part of the rat race, ”he said.

If Indians love to vacation in Goa, it is not just because of the sun, sea and sand, but because of this distinctive culture. It was ruled by the Portuguese for 400 years (susegad comes from the Portuguese quiet for peace of mind). Goa became independent only in 1961, 14 years after India gained its independence from Great Britain.

The state’s Portuguese villas and cuisine, Catholic churches, and Susegad culture offer an attractive alternative to the bustling and crowded cities in other parts of the country.

In fact, seeing how the Goans enjoy life, many Indians would envy their laid-back attitude in dealing with the heat and humidity.

Sardesai feels there is no point in fighting the weather. When the sun is setting, the body, full after a good lunch, instinctively obeys the command to lie down. “It’s so hot and humid, a nap makes perfect sense,” she said.

Then he recalled his trips to England, where his daughter is studying, adding: “It is also nice when it rains.”


www.theguardian.com

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