Thursday, June 17, 2010

Shera also serves tea at Games office

If you thought gracing promotional events in the Capital is all the official mascot of the Commonwealth Games does, you were mistaken.

At the Commonwealth Games organising committee (OC) office in the morning, you can spot him serving tea to Games officials and moving files from one desk to another.

Meet Satish Bidla, the 23-year-old man whose job it is to breathe life into the 10-kg mascot suit and, of course, also to help babus in the office.

Bidla arrived at the OC's office at Connaught Place six months ago, looking for a job.

"I wanted the job of an office boy and started serving tea to senior officials and running other errands," he said. "One day I was asked to walk around by some officials. And they liked my gait."

At 5 ft 8 inches, the man from Chandigarh is the only official Shera on the OC's payrolls.

"He is the best Shera who has worked for us so far," said a senior OC official.

"He is very energetic even during outdoor events in this searing heat."

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