One shan’t launch on tirades or complaints about any public transport systems but I should do one thing – take back any complaints I’ve ever made about our buses back home. Especially the air-conditioned double deckers that I’ve been frequenting for almost two years. I’ve had the opportunity to take public transport over several weekends in the past weeks due to the school bus for staff not running because of the schedules or holidays. It’s been quite an experience to say the least.
First of all, do banish images of people riding on roofs and hanging out of windows out of your mind. The only place where people hang out of are the doors thank you very much. Safety minded me declined a place on the bottom step of a bus and was willing to wait 10 more minutes for the next bus so I could stand much more safely on the second step of the bus. One more step away from the door meant one more step away from dropping out of the door onto the road.
Buses are crowded but for the most part, bearably so. One does get squashed in with a mass of people along with their marketing but mercifully have not had the chance to travel with livestock or any other wriggling things. The other great thing is that Bangalore is not sweltering (yet) and I’ve tried to travel during the cooler parts of the day so things have been good so far. Only thing is that I’ll never complain about me getting squashed in the 168 on the way to Woodlands anymore. In the meantime, it’s 342 D, G or H for me. And have to remember that 342T doesn’t go anywhere near where I need to go.