“Run Faster!” Said the Couch Potato to the CWG Athlete

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“Run Faster!” Said the Couch Potato to the CWG Athlete

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ast night, during a highlight reel of the fifth day of the Commonwealth Games, a friend and I sat rooted to the couch eating cheap nachos. We had just emerged from a two-hour session of something called Virtua Tennis, and were rewarding our rigorous workout of serious button-mashing with four very cold beers. From the depths of our seats, we watched an Indian man lift the weight of a scooter over his head in a swift motion – and as if completing his movement, we each placed a lit cigarette in our mouths. A poetic moment, punctuated only by the grunts of a man who had just achieved a feat of superhuman strength, and the crunch of fried cheese things.

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