Naga Munchetty says that her home is her sanctuary
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BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, 46, has revealed her work colleagues “have no insight” into her private life at home with husband James Haggar. The star opened up about her preference to keep her work and home lives separate while chatting to Mike Bandar, who is the co-founder of waybook.com, which is a business that supports remote working.
While interviewing the businessman about how working environments have changed due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions on her BBC Radio 5 Live show, Naga explained that she wants to avoid lines getting “blurred” between the office and her “sanctuary” at home.
Naga shared the admission when her guest, Mike, suggested ways for colleagues to socialise outside of work while everyone is working from home.
He said: “From a social perspective, we’ve missed going out for meals, but there’s lots of things that you can do remote.
“Like having a cook-a-long for example or doing things that you need to be remote for.
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“Everyone in their own kitchen, or in their own home, actually enables a slightly different way of interacting and a slightly different way of getting to know each other and having fun.”
However, Naga then interrupted and admitted: “Do you know what? When you said that, my kind of lip curled.
“In the sense that if I’ve spent time with people at work on Zoom, I don’t want to cook with them!
“I think because there is that separation.”
She continued: “One of the things I love about going into the office is my home is my sanctuary and it remains that way.
“And my work colleagues have no insight into my home and what I do there is separate, and I remember that I work to live
“Whereas I think the lines get blurred a bit.”
Mike agreed with Naga’s comment, explaining that lines can become more blurred due to the changing dynamics that come along with home working.
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He added: “I think that’s absolutely right and I feel like the number of hours that people are working, and also when those hours are, has become increasingly blurred as well as that line.
“I feel like there’s a lot of work we need to do in order to reestablish that, but I think that’s an opportunity for us to then redesign how we work and how we live.”
Elsewhere, Naga, who has been married to husband James since 2007, admitted that she is not a big fan of Valentine’s Day and tends to avoid it every year.
The BBC favourite discussed the romantic occasion last month when her Radio 5 Live colleague Nihal Arthanayake asked: “Okay, what was the last romantic thing that you did that you would be willing to share on national radio?”
Naga revealed: “It would be an act of kindness, that’s the most romantic thing I could think of, being kind to someone.”
However, Nihal disagreed and hit back: “Wait a minute, no, that’s not romantic!”
Naga then argued: “Being kind to someone is romantic because all romance is, is showing that you’ve thought about someone else, and being thought about is a wonderful thing, and being cared for is a wonderful thing.”
Nihal disagreed, saying: “But romance surely has to have a physical component to it and if I’m kind to someone for helping them across the road, for instance, I don’t want anything, you know!”
Giving an example of the kind gestures she performs for her other half James, Naga chimed: “Head rub! I gave a head rub yesterday and it was received with such gratitude!”
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