The other day we had world sleep day on 13th March and the reason behind writing this article is that we could not sadly celebrate world sleep day in a proper way. It was one of those endless days earmarked to be celebrated by the twenty first century denizens and netizens .They love to dedicate each day in a year to something or the other so that they feel that it’s a good orientation to their lives which have no worthy work to do .But do they not realise that their hands are already so full and that these redundant ascribed days begin this needless job of catalysing the government agencies of issuing some circular where a list of very mundane but which the government think tank considers very novel and creative activities are given which the office or the educational agencies have to complete within the short span dictated and even upload it on the given site in the necessary format immediately failing which a blackmail rejoinder is also written that punitive measures would be taken. The office or college administration have to leave their decided agenda which has again been prescribed by government agencies themselves under the nomenclature of vision Plan with again a rejoinder threat of adhering to it strictly has to be left aside and this freshly received communication from the government has to be given undivided, unbiased attention as without that, it would be a herculean task to complete it within the deadline decided by the government.
In this context, we have celebrated women’s day, heart day, earth day, green day, population day, voter’s awareness day and the point of writing this article in a desperate mood is that when World Sleep day arrived, I was eagerly waiting for a government circular where they would ask us to celebrate it. They would ask us to take a poster competition on proper postures while sleeping where we can derive maximum benefits from our slumber or an elocution competition about the types of sleep and the quality of sleep. Or if I can be more imaginative they can ask us to take sleeping competitions for our students where I was confident that our students would shine. We could have easily done with an extempore sleeping competition for our staff members too where they could have showcased their hidden talent. I felt that they would even ask us to do research on sleep and find out poor souls in our organisation (like me) who are suffering from sleep deficiency and give them leave to compensate their sleep deficit on human ground. Even If they do not become so magnanimous, I was hoping against hope that at least they would declare a legal siesta in the afternoon for the office goers and teachers. Because I felt that any empathetic government doctor might advise that the staff would be more resourceful if we allow their body to repair and their brains to get oxygenated through legal afternoon siestas after sumptuous lunch and followed by a steaming hot cup of tea (endless cups of tea being their birth right ) Yes, I know what crossed your mind that there are already people who enjoy these siestas shamelessly but it is the very reason that I want legal access to afternoon siestas for law abiding, loyal staff like us in every organisation who do not venture to do anything that is not told and to be added (therefore don’t do anything on their own unless told again and again) But alas ! I realised all my hopes were dupes when my prayers were unanswered till the end of the sleep day and I had spent not only sleepless days without those legal siestas but also in the thought pursuit over this over ambitious desire had also lost my fundamental right of night sleep by spending sleepless nights. I lost my precious sleep, and the result even less oxygenated brain. And as I resurrected myself from this hopeless situation, the real reason for non –issue of the circular by the government officials dawned on me – that you know what, either they were busy in taking illegal siestas or sleeping over the decision of issuing this important circular.