World Sleep Day

SLeep is worship


World Sleep Day is observed to celebrate the benefits of good and healty sleep. “Good sleep is a reachable dream” is the slogan for this year's World Sleep day which falls on March 18. 

When Napoleon Bonaparte was asked how many hours sleep people need, he is said to have replied: "Six for a man, seven for a woman, eight for a fool."

On the occasion of World Sleep Day, we have put together a set of photos of prominent personalities who were caught dozing off or rather a bit tired. More than anything else, these snaps show that sleep is vital regardless of postion or power in society.

VS Achuthanandan


He sleeps securely who has nothing to lose:

Is jet lag the cause of V S Achuthanandan's nap at the national development council meeting in New Delhi? Or may be the communist veteran, who has spent many a sleepless night in his eventful life to fight against injustice and corruption, found it an opportunity to get good sleep due to the troubles back home. With elections approaching, it looks like he is gonna have sleepless nights. Now it is not the time...



Sleep is Worship!

Mohanlal , a self-confessed foodie, seems to enjoy sleep too ; or is it the sheer work load which prompted the actor to take a nap? The complete actor seems to care the least to the drab surroundings for taking his nap. Professionalism at its best, isn't it?



In his own world:

When sleep comes calling some yawn, some blink their eyelids, some tilt their head. Bed, pillows and tranquility are not a must. Here, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gives himself a break during a function to distribute loan and financial assistance to flood victims at State Level Bankers Committee meeting in Chennai. The complexities of figures aren’t disturbing the finance minister - at least for a few moments  (PTI photo)


oommen chandy


Closed eye is not sleeping...

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy enjoys a short break during a function at Kasargod. On the political front, Chandy is known to be a 'Chanakya'. To an extent, he successfully navigated his way through the murky waters. Being the CM, he also managed a tight daily schedule travelling from place to place. Perhaps, Chandy can defend himself for grabbing the limited opportunity to cool himself off.

Rahul Gandhi


Price rise? Who bothers?

For the Congress, it may be a trivial and frivolous issue. But for others, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tilting his head towards the right and dozing off in the Lok Sabha during a debate on price rise is enough to insult the party. Does Rahul apparently closing his eyes signify that his party was doing this on price rise for the last 10 years, asked the BJP. One is left wondering...




Is it stress, fear or other strong emotions:

K Sreemathy taking a nap during an earlier election convention in Kannur. Elections can wait. Who can stop napping?

Deve Gowda


Sleeping politician:

Former PM and JD(S) chief H D Devegowda is known for sleeping at public functions. Even if the function is important or there are top officials or ministers present, Gowda takes his nap. Or it might be that Deve Gowda, a man who has seen it all, might be following the late Prime Minister Narasimha Rao who stated once “Politics was the art of the  possible”. Gowda himself had once said that though he may be a sleeping politician, he is not like politicans who sleep on national issues.

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan


Comrade! Open thy eyes to see political battle:

Is the firebrand communist from Kannur trying to catch a little shut-eye during an event, even with DGP Jacob Punnosse maintaining a strict vigil?

Sheila Dikshit


Sleeping is no mean art...

Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit takes a nap during the launch of ticket for badminton Asia Championship-2010 at her residence in New Delhi. The shutterbugs had a prize catch when Sheila rested her head on her hand. Be it president or PM or CM, sleep can overpower you at the most unexpected moment. After all, human beings, aren’t they? 



Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing:

Looks like Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar taking a few winks during a rally is absolutely fine.

K N Balagopal


Will I? Won't I?

Come elections or not, CPM Kollam district secretary K N Balagopal is deeply wondering if he would figure in the candidate list.

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