Airplanes, trains, ferries, ships, luxury buses and rental cars. You must have travelled by most of them. Do you remember what was cheapest mode of transport you have used?
What made you travel by it and how was the experience?
Besides usual trains, autorickshaws and cabs, I used these modes of transport on a particular stretch for going to Lonar; mostly because the roads were cut off or submerged due to heavy rains and there was no other way to reach the place.
State buses in India mostly have free seating.The ratio of passengers vs. number of buses is quite bad and so as soon as any bus approaches, people juggle and fight for a possible seat or place in it.
Generally any outlet (excluding exhaust & gas) from the bus is used to get in and reserve your seat.
Standing, bemusing I wondered what tactic I should apply to get into this..
That was the official single entry door… Look at the man putting a foot on the rear tyre. He got in through the window.
… and another major entry point was from driver’s side…
I even saw some saree clad ladies getting in effortlessly from this driver’s window. I cursed myself to be so incapable compared to them. Was I too awed to click a shot or was it a sheer jealousy ?
On one occasion, after getting in from driver’s side, the passengers bolted the door from inside. The driver had gone to refreshen himself and when he came back it was scene to watch ! He was not allowed to enter the bus simply because not being in his uniform he looked like one of them. 🙂
I love India. 😀
The return journey was not less entertaining. It was a night train, running late and filled to capacity.
Generally ‘capacity’ means all seats/berths being reserved. But in context with Indian railways, this word means something more. People without any reservations do not like to waste space especially in second (sleeper) class, again a very common practice in India. A very common sight is sleeping on the floor between two berths.
But when I woke up early morning after a slight jolt, I saw something under the side lower berth. On close examination I found a man sleeping there as well.
Spread newspaper, use shoes as your pillow and go to heavenly sleep !
Intelligent he was ! No arguments, no requesting… to hell with this selfish world ! Let me have a sound sleep.
I love India. 😀
Arrived at Dadar at 5 AM and this was the scene.
Long queues at ticket counter and not far away, sleep was the most important thing.
It didn’t matter whether it was a dog or a man… 😀
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