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Trophy shelves, study table & peace: Sunil Chhetri's workspace reflects his need for an escape

The footballer said that drinking and snacking is a strict no-no in the office.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 05, 2019, 08.45 AM IST
Sunil Chhetri​ ​likes to keep fewer things​ in his office.
Sunil Chhetri likes to keep fewer things in his office.
Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri says his office den is a space for conversation and contemplation, and snacking is prohibited:

A special room
“My favourite part of my house [in Bengaluru’s Lavelle Road] is the office den. It’s where I like to think and get away from everything else. I’ve started reading a lot more than I used to. That has made it easier for me to find tranquillity in my office.”

A room for awards
“I try to keep things as minimal as possible. I have a study table and a couple of shelves for my trophies. It’s funny, because when I moved here, my mother told me that I’d better continue winning because she wasn’t going to let me bring any of my trophies or medals from Delhi.”

S​unil Chhetri ​has a couple of shelves for his trophies.
Sunil Chhetri has a couple of shelves for his trophies.

Room for reflection
“My den also serves as my study. It’s where I do most of my research. I don’t think it reflects any of my pet peeves as such, but the office reflects my need for an escape. And though my house is right in the middle of the city, it’s a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood, which really helps.”

No food please
“I would never allow food or drinks in my den. You won’t ever see anyone having a snack in my office.”

Sign on the door
“It would be ‘Calma’, which means ‘keep calm’ in Spanish. I think it’s important to be calm because only then can you really enjoy the peace and quiet that my office has to offer.”

Posters and photographs
“I’m not one for posters, but if I had to have one, it would be a really big picture of a tiger’s face. It’s an animal I adore. I’ve been fortunate enough to see them a couple of times in my life, and those are moments that I’ll never forget.

“I’ve also had many great memories on the field. If I were to frame a few pictures, it would be of those teams I’ve been part of and trophies I’ve been fortunate to lift.”

​A corner in Sunil Chhetri​'s den.
A corner in Sunil Chhetri's den.

Word to describe it
“I’d say it’s ‘peaceful’. Because when I’m in that room, I’m able to block everything out and just be myself. It’s where I find the tranquillity and solitude.”.

Friends and guests
“My teammates often come home, and though we spend most of our time in the living room, some of them like to spend time in the den as well. A lot of them actually come to the room to make phone calls, because it’s the quietest part of the house. If I could invite anyone, it would probably be the Brazilian striker Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. I’m sure they would make for some interesting conversation.”

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