Sunday, November 06, 2005

Bus Rants - 1 of infinite

Yesterday, I had one of the worst bus rides ever. Desperate to reach in time for my accounts class, more for the attendance than the content, I started early, but got stuck in a traffic jam for fifteen minutes and by the time I reached college, I was already fifteen minutes late. If it was not enough that I was carrying two very heavy bags, the frequency of the bus that goes to college has come down terribly and I knew I'd be crushed to death by the time I reached college, I just didn't realize how bad it could be.


I was at the other end of the bus stop when I realized that the bus had finally arrived and had to run all the way down, weighed down and not in very comfortable sandals. I got in to see all the seats taken and two people already standing. I set the bags down, one over the other and stood akimbo ... and then of course the bus had to start with a jerk. And I ended up just having saved myself ... having caught on to a fellow passenger's head. Maybe if it had been under saner circumstances, you could have thought I was giving her an aashirwaad. Right then, I was terrified there was going to be a scene. Luckily, she just gave me a sympathetic smile. Maybe she was used to it, being the size she was .. (how else could I have managed catching hold of her head , even if I was standing at a higher level?)

A few minutes later BigFatGirl nearly pulled me to the floor, but I just turned the other cheek and smiled. Just like me, I could see relief writ large on her face. It helps, this being nice you see, because had I glared at her, my famous charring look, I could not have borrowed her cell a few minutes later, to send an urgent message. (Which reminds me of a joke ... Why did the dog keep chasing its tail? Because one good turn deserves another :D)

In half an hour, I was so surrounded by elbows and heads that I could have easily remained standing without holding on to anything. BigFatLady with FatPurpleSleevedHand, (that was all I could see of her) kept waving some bag she was holding, in my face. Some people think that a certain amount of space belongs to them by birthright. It really gets my goat. I do pity the poor horizontally challenged ones though, they receive so many glares and digs, but I'm sure all that cushioning must be useful.

I finally got off the bus in one piece, lugged both halves of the Titanic to the security guard, (who pitied my poor self and said 'Its okay ma, koi jaldi nahin hai') and ran upstairs, quite afraid that I wouldn't be allowed in ...

All that torture I endured and landed up in class ... only to have the professor dedicate the last class to the students ( a la 'aaj ki shaam aap ke naam') and proceeded to have the whole class sing 'Papa Kehte Hain'! (He seemed to enjoy it so much, that at a particular instant he was the only one singing really loudly and with all the nuances, and then he ended up stuck at a high-pitched 'kyun' and the whole class burst out laughing :D)

The irony of my life! *sob*

24 comments:

PlayBoi said...

u want worse bus ride experience ?
in june heat, going in a local bus in Delhi, with heavy bags, crowd pushing u in all directions, bus stops at an arbit place. jus then u realise that this is the first time in ur life that u are traveling without ticket and the bus was stopped by the ticket checkers.

beat that

infinity said...

bus, bus, bus karo!bhagwan ke liye bus bhi karo...;)

AK-84 said...

Heard that account's prof is offering another course next sem. So probably, 'papa kehte hain' was his way of attracting ppl /:)

burf said...

playboi ref to bus rides of delhi... r u not from delhi? r u not aware of the ever-popluar bus rides in delhi? i infact thought u were reciting another instance of a DTC ride...

PlayBoi said...

No, I am not from delhi, but a place 160 Kms from there. My city is not big enuff that there be any need for local bus. Hyderabad (where i am studying now) have bus service, but the crowd is not that BAD. Its not that hot here also. + i have never seen ticket checkers here in HYD.

that was the first and the last time i was caught without ticket thats why i remember it.

Dreamcatcher said...

The funny thing is that when i get too squished i find i dont need to hold on to anything..its just a tangle of heads and elbows and a bit like being suspended without any support. weird sensation.

Aran said...

Yes, I was the statcounter one. I think I'm your only cyber-stalker. Quite a bit of responsibility that entails, but I'm up to it!

Docs Dope said...

i luv bus rides...gives me an opportunity to feel women ;-)

doc

infinity said...

common...time for a new post....if u haven't got any ideas,consider urself tagged(even though i haven't tagged u) and do what it says on my blog...

PlayBoi said...

post kar gadhi .


(seems this is the only thing that works here now a days )

melon collie said...

best of luck for tomorrow.

Dreamcatcher said...

Best of luck :)

The optimist from utopia said...

So how did the exam go?? :-S

mythalez said...

I m bored of chkin ur blog and finding this same title on top again n again ...

PlayBoi said...

chooreeee .... post kar de

(for those who dont know .. chooree = ladki = girl )

blisteringly bored :/ said...

buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! time up!budge and badger some mo girl....cz I'M B-O-R-E-D

blister said...

and yeah play-boi, we don't need no explanation... we know what c'h'horee (as opposed to ur 'choree' which wud mean theft) is, okay?!! Tou dimagh kharab mat kar yaar! jao, jake placements ke liye parte baitho.........

blister said...

and yeah cc, i AIN'T got anything better to do (but u know that arready), and i'm mighty bored, so if ya DON'T post soon, i'm just gonna keep spamming yer leetil bloggy like this.... and it needs no saying that play-boi will try n outdo me ;)

PlayBoi said...

cc, dont delete this comment, she asked for it

blister,
is it a bird ? is it a plane ? is it supername ? .. no, wait, its attached to something, ... its *the* nose

:D :D u have better things to perpare for. bigger than placements. :) u dont come online now a days kya ?


PS: how you do-ing ?

blistering blonkey..... said...

poor gadhi is too busy being looked over and interviewed by prospective dhobis ;) hu(b)rray!??

agastyabhrata said...

Does SHE blog?

blister said...

Congratulations gadhi - tujhe dhobi jo mil gaya.....

PlayBoi said...

gadhi's official post is not gadhi now, its Associate. :D

gongrats. :D

The Reporter said...

playboi, hmm, yeah.. that must be bad.

infinity, hehe .. nice :)

ak84, NOOOOOOOO. That was scary :D

dc, ah! You got it! Squishy is the word :D

Aran, hehe, thanks, muchas flattered :)

melon collie, dc, thanks :)

OfromU, you know about that now ..

blister and playboi, thanks for keeping up the entertainment :P

Agastyabhrata, yeah :D