As a person who uses local transport to commute almost everywhere, one has to leap through a list of hurdles. The list is never-ending; I did the math and shrunk the list to just 9 points (YAY). Here are the problems one can relate to if they travel by bus or other local transportation.
1. Loose Change.
Say you handover the conductor a 100 rupee note for a 95 rupees ticket. You are a fortunate person if you get back that 5 rupees change. Now, a plausible scenario would be the conductor asking you for 5 rupees coin/change. My friend, take my advice, hunt for that change. Turn the bag upside down. Look for that damn change everywhere. Because once lost, you are never going to get it back even if you are the one who it belongs to.
Moral- Always keep change or loose coins with you, just in case.
2. Oil Stained Windows. *cringes*
Volvo bus window pane, why are you always covered with oil stain? Comprising of a perfect blend of all the elements that would give me a scalp infection. This is not just a hurdle. This is a nightmare. The oil is smothered unevenly, and it is not just over one window; it is over every one of them. You have to make sure that you DO NOT come in contact with that unholy oily element for the love of your hair.
This is how it’s achieved, an oily head sitting next to the window, the guy dozes off, takes the windowpane as a good shoulder to sleep on, which marks the commencement of smearing the oil. *cringes*
3. Driver’s way or the highway.
I understand that each one has its very own way to achieve a homeostasis condition, but this is a different radical all together. This is observed in all air-conditioned buses. Despite being in Bangalore for 10 whole years, one cannot predict the weather. It’s mood swings are worse than that of a cow menstruating, and if only I got a penny for getting the weather forecast wrong, let’s say I would be the proud owner of a Nutella factory.
Back to the point (hehe), it’s a hot day, and you enter the bus; first off, it’s stuffy, and the driver refuses to switch on the A.C, for god knows why or what reasons. You are there, a potato inhaling the filth and dirt of your fellow passengers in a cubicle where air circulation is minimized. Not a pretty picture. And this is when one prefers the normal bus over the A.C. buses. Normal buses are way better than any A.C. bus. Although dust and pollution are invading your personal space on a normal bus, you don’t feel suffocated, at least.
4. Co-passenger awkward moments.
This is the scenario, you are sitting next to the window, and the aisle seat is occupied; your stop arrives before your fellow passenger sitting next to you. The stress you go through; nerve-wracking. People should understand that there isn’t enough room for legs when seated as such, so how do you expect two pairs of legs to squeeze through that cramped up lot. You brainstorm various other possibilities to get through that situation, but the answer is so simple. The person who has taken the aisle seat should get down and give way to his fellow passenger. It’s as simple as that.
5. The Wait.
Everything in life follows murphy’s law. It’s only when you are in a hurry to reach a certain location, does the bus decide to come an hour late. The other days you see numerous buses storming through the roads as they own them; it’s when you are completely dependent on the bus’s arrival, your whole agenda for the day goes for a toss.
6. Crowded Ones.
Let’s do some math (YAY!)
The revenue turns over for the intrastate transport department will definitely cross over crores. The majority being the tax that we are asked to pay. Now we also know that the goods and services tax has not been implemented yet. The bill is not passed. Not yet. So this means the whole amount will be going to the department that takes care of the transport system. How much would it take for them to increase the number of buses that function?
I am subtly stating the obvious, but this is an issue that needs to be addressed.
7. Missing the bus stop.
If the bus journey takes an awful amount of time, anyone is bound to fall asleep. Now the result of this is not particularly comforting. Few conductors wake you up when your stop comes (bless them!). Generally, you fall asleep, and you end up waking 10 stops ahead of where you had to get down.
Let us look at things from a neutral horizon and not judge anyone. When a person is talking to someone over the normal decibel, you passively become a part of that conversation. Hey, no judging!
Again, it’s the driver’s way or the highway. Not just arriving late, but going and stopping the busway beyond the bus stop. No, it doesn’t end there. He stops and waits there for 15 whole minutes, and god knows why and creates the start of a traffic jam. I cannot find enough palms to facepalm.
All things should end on a positive note; irrespective of all the chaos one goes through while travelling in a bus, they (generally) reach in one piece(YAY). That been said, I am ending this post on a positive note.
To all the other everyday bus commuters out there, I feel your pain. I guess these commuter issues will take a long time to go away.
Until then, have a good day, fellow humans.
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