Is There Anything Worse than Working on New Year’s Eve?

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Is There Anything Worse than Working on New Year’s Eve?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n India, we have a New Year for every season. There is one during Diwali, another on Ugadi, yet others on Gudi Padwa, Baisakhi, Pateti, Nowruz… the list goes on. We are a people of many cultures and we love our holidays. But the December 31 is everyone’s favourite party. Whether it’s going to a pub, having a party at home, or just relaxing, everyone loves to chill on New Year’s Eve. It’s the equivalent of the entire world having a birthday together: Everyone is dressed to the nines, great food is involved, you are expected to have fun. In fact, fun is a demand placed on you, whether you desire it or not.

But there are people who have rotten luck. And then there are people who find themselves working on December 31. Think traffic cops, bartenders, the dudes who deliver food home, and even the people in charge of leading you to the bathroom to puke.

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