Abhijit Banerjee did this after hearing about Nobel win

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Abhijit Banerjee, Nobel Prize, Sleep, Nobel Prize for Economics
Abhijit Banerjee, Nobel Prize, Sleep, Nobel Prize for Economics

New Delhi : Abhijit Banerjee got to know that he has won the Nobel Prize for Economics and first thing that came to his mind was he must go to the bed and take rest. In a telephonic interview to the Nobel committee, Abhijit Banerjee feared "an assault to the system", since the news of his win came "very early in the morning".

"It was very early in the morning. I'm not an early morning person. I figured it would be an assault to the system if I don't continue to sleep," Mr Banerjee said in a short 4-and-half-minute clip released by the Nobel Committee on YouTube.

Answering if he managed to get the enough amount of sleep post that, he said, "Yeah, not long...I kept getting calls after a while. Once press conferences happen and news spread to India and Europe, I had no chance. I had a 40-minute interval period where I slept."

Abhijit Banerjee, who won the coveted Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences, said the win was special, since he shares it with his colleague and spouse Esther Duflo.

"It's been an entire family enterprise in a sense, between research and working at MIT. It becomes much more pleasant when you do it with your partner," he said.

Prime leaders of the nation like President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi, Congress' Rahul Gandhi and many more extended their congratulatory wishes to him on the social media.