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Travelling in buses and the woes....



A Moment of 'ETERNAL BLISS' ..........is when?????????

when you are eating? when you are praised ? when you are singing or listening to music? when you are out with your friends?

........NO NO NO NO!!! You are probably missing out on something more important!

None of this can beat the pleasure of seeing a DTC bus come towards you and ..and ..and...STOPPP!! (rare for a DTC vehicle , isn't it?) . So , you are now a relieved soul... it'll quickly take you to your college , in a matter of hours and minutes (well , maybe not that quick) .

Exaggerative you say??? (...huh!!!) then you either don't travel to college by bus or live somewhere near to your college , coz only then can you be 'stone hearted' enough to not understand a day-ski's (day scholar , you maybe knowing!) plight ! 

Jokes apart ( though i wasn't really joking) , how many of us had ever thought that some day we'll have to PRAY for a DTC (an 879 is my own savior everyday) to come so that we don't get late for college . A DTC coming towards you is not enough dear , you are yet to achieve your 'goal' ......forget all your entrance exams , now prove your mettle by battling a multi dozen other people , more experienced than you in terms of travelling in buses , to get into your bus . Do all that you can , use all that you have ; push , pull, drag , run behind the bus or RUN OVER another......forget the age difference , your manners too for a while coz the other people on the bus stop with you are now your COMPETITORS .

Its not such a do-or-die situation ,though ,coz even if you miss the DTC , there MUST be a blueline coming your way , there are loads of them infact running every now and then . Fine then, get onto the blueline and see the difference . 'Enjoy' the blueline ride for DOUBLE the time than what a DTC would have taken , put in your earphones and have a nice time listening to your favorite music , you may even take a nap ...coz the blueline would be stopping every 1-2 minutes and so you may want to spend this time someway other than simply looking around!

And then , the Delhi bus ride won't spare you either. Get onto it and be all geared up to be thrown away here and there like luggage by people who have to get out and need to make their way through the crowd for the same , unless you are lucky enough to be in a non-crowded (read LESS crowded!) bus . And then , for girls , matters are no less than worse ! 

Seriously , its not as easy travelling in buses for girls as it maybe for boys. And i am pretty sure about it since i have seen and heard my own friends bemoan the same plight everywhere, even in Facebook statuses .Take for example , an incident that a friend of mine recently came across. She was  was this headstrong girl , not ready to tolerate any kind of nuisance , travelling in a blueline . Nothing could have bothered the studious girl ,who is often studying sitting in the bus ( thank god , not when she is standing !! !!) , except for a cloud of cigarette smoke . So here was this conductor , smoking heavily , right in front of the 'NO-SMOKING' board , thinking that none would bother, or rather ,dare to protest . None did actually , except this friend of mine who raised a strong voice against it and said to him " bhaiyya , aap ko woh board nazar nhi ata jo apke piche hi hai....bus mein smoke krna mana hai !!!!!!"..........

.........oooooohhhhhh.......great , isn't it? Finally , somebody could raise her voice against what was not right ! kudos to her!! Deserves applause!!!
BUT, what happened then , you didn't ask me that (oh, how can you ..haha!!) . Well , nothing major , except that the conductor now came and occupied a seat just behind her and directed his smoke RIGHT ONTO her!!!

That just speaks it all ... our plight (i am here representing the community of female travelers)  .....though i haven't yet talked about the DEADLY STARES (NOT VERY UNUSUAL FOR FEMALES HERE IN INDIA ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE , ISN'T IT?), THE MISBEHAVING PEOPLE , THE SEAT FIGHTS , THE BUMPY RIDE ITSELF ........and what not. 

But ,to an extent , it depends on us too . We have to decide our tolerance levels . Like another very good friend of mine . When she is sitting in a bus , people , men that is, can't stand even near her seat . If they dare to do so , they'll get some really "sweet" words from her (you understand the 'sweetness' here , right???) !! And this is one of the things i really praise about her.

I admit , i myself am yet to get into these ways of dealing with all this nuisance , though i have improved much more now ( seems like i am talking of academics!!!!!) . I surely have come a long way since the time when i had to be dropped and picked up by my father from wherever i had to go , which infact is the way with many of us  , before entering college.

So , this is the first major change in the lifestyles of maybe not all , but many of us ,after coming to college-leaving the comfort of our own vehicles to travel in the rickety buses of Delhi  .I guess , i got more focussed on the plight of female commuters here , but ,as a matter of fact , IT IS JUSTIFIED. Travelling in buses here in India is not always easy . What i just said is only a little part of the actual situation. I sincerely hope , that the condition improves ,somewhere in the near future..........though there is MUCH MUCH MUCH that needs to be done !!!!
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25 comments:

kirti,  January 5, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

u r absolutely rite....d plight endured by us is utterly appalling n exasperating ....in d beginning it was even insurmountable for me 2 forget d slightest hitch encountered in the bus..

Tanay January 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

wow... was something worth reading, coz u connected with the minds of loads of ppl...

even i feel like vehemently protesting against smoking ppl... but its difficult for boys u know... not tht i m timid but i dont want to end up in unwanted rows... u know very well how passionate our society is towards fighting and stretching matters from nowhere to nowhere..

but as u say here, even when it ws a girl protesting, she didnt get into brawls obviously, but got something more embarrassing!

SUGANDHA January 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM  

THANKS A TON TO BOTH OF YOU FOR THE ENCOURAGING WORDS .
I agree that its more difficult for a boy to raise his voice as such mannerless ppl dont thnk once bfore gettng into a brawl or sumthng uglier (thts violence!) if its a boy standing against their act . Girls still find support from the ppl around BUT only if they VEHEMENTLY raise their voice ...believe me , a girl can give such men a real hard time if they are a bit more bold , not tht i am (:P) but i hav observed this many a tym !! I missed out on one such incident i guess. :(

Jitendra Mehra January 31, 2010 at 1:11 AM  

situation is really bad but its worse in Mumbai!
even once we though of designing a system for this type of problems in metros but unfortunately there were many glitches which were not easy to resolve! and system was not that suitable for metros but finally it was implemented in Ahemdabad! lets see if something can be done for Delhites too!
anyways, its a nice article worth reading!

SUGANDHA January 31, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

THanks jitendra for reading my article and appreciating it too.It'll be interesting to know what sort of system you are talking about.

Jitendra Mehra January 31, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

I am talking about a well built system to overcome these problem! may be there are some other alternatives we can work on to improve the situation and that too specially for girls as they face more problems than boys!
Actually our work is to do research and then suggest the method based on the findings, and provide them a prototype if possible! but we can't do anything regarding the implementation of the system! You know our bloody politicians! :X You can get idea of the situation here
http://bit.ly/7bLM1G

SUGANDHA January 31, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

Hmm...i'll c it for sure..thanks! :)

Jitendra Mehra January 31, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

hey check out another post, "Telangana" at! http://jmehra.blogspot.com it reveals the true face of politicians with facts!

Anyways, have you ever thought of any solution for your problem?

SUGANDHA January 31, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

Ok i will...Good question ...i have not come across any 'INTOLERABLE' incident so far...there is a certain limit of everyone's patience and if anything beyond it happens with me , i'll take a strong stand against it.For the time being,thats all what i can say as an answer to ur question.

Jitendra Mehra January 31, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

...so u r waiting 4 this 2 hppn wid u! :D
anyways itz nt d ans. of my Q!

u knw wt! i never faced prob in delhi buses! neither in bombay locals! usually i prefer first class or auto! but still m thinkin 2 propose some solution! then y can't u???

and ya, u haven't face doesnt means that u won't!

SUGANDHA January 31, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

:P I surely din mean that . But i don't think it needs to be said that if such a difficult situation arises i'll call for help and do whatever is necessary . These things can't be worded . they are situational . I am not able to understand what kind of an answer do you exactly expect.

Jitendra Mehra February 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM  

Someday i'll tell u wt kind f ans i need! nyvez just hope that u dnt gt in2 dis kind f situatns!

Ares February 19, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

That was a brilliant article.Great work.

the real problem is that most of the people are scared to speak, so even if someone gathers the courage to speak, he\she won't get ample support.

we need to change the mindset of people.
But how?? no clue...

SUGANDHA February 19, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

@ARES- yes , u r ryt ,but i feel that here in India ppl still do get support from those around if such a difficulty arises unlike other nations where noone is bothered about what good ,bad or worse is happening in another's life . Like if a girl even speaks a bit louder , many ppl around start asking if anything's wrong ...but ..obviously not always . Sometimes it's all situational .

SUGANDHA February 19, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

Some other incidents in this reference : 1. a family in my neighborhood had nightmares for days together after witnessing a severe incidnt in a bus . It was a case of robbery by goons ..in front of all the people ..and it went onto the extent of a murder taking place ..from what we were told ,there were bloodstains all around..ofcourse it came in the newspapers the other day but then......does it matter!! 2. I recently was in utter shock when at about 7p.m i left for home and entered a blueline that had a 40+man badly drunk and yet standing near the driver and doing wat????...DRINKING!!!!!

Jitendra Mehra February 19, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

ukw! ppl just lyk 2 discuss here, instead f dng sumthin! tk ur case! and all others who r njoin discussion here! :X

SUGANDHA February 19, 2010 at 11:42 PM  

@jitendra- ur probably getting on my nerves now....i believe that it's all very situational... i now feel that ur talking of trying to improve the situation in general ,for all ...while i had been talking of helping oneself if such a situation arises and as of now i am not able to think of any such solid solution....but i have an idea...u probably have some gr8 idea on the same..plz be kind enuf to share them with us ,ppl who just discuss but do nothing about it !

Jitendra Mehra February 19, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

i'll send u d report of dat idea wich i mentioned b4! btw i hv xams 4m 2moro, bt after dat i'll share some ideas which might be helpful in such situations!

SUGANDHA February 19, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

okay..all the best for ur exams then...probably i can rest for sometime now :P:P

Jitendra Mehra February 19, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

hey thnx! :-) btw m i troublin u? if so... then sorry yaar! i didn't mean dat!

SUGANDHA February 20, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

ur welcome...no .not realy..ur just perplexing me..maybe ur reprt will help in solving the confusion :P

Jitendra Mehra February 20, 2010 at 12:12 AM  
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Jitendra Mehra February 20, 2010 at 12:13 AM  

hey check it out! http://cityofdesign.wordpress.com/ it was also the project on some city design or something like that only(actually we did it around 2 yrs bak)... m nt sure bt some teams might considered ur prob! just check it out if itz der! or wait till ma xams finishes!

Ares February 20, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

@sugandha

Maybe u r ryt, but I have rarely seen people coming to each others aid. Generally, if a passenger is smoking, u can hope to get some support from other passengers or the conductor, but if conductor himself is the culprit, then it's really annoying.

In Delhi, the situation is not so bad. I have been to most parts of haryana,and situation there is pathetic.

Recently I went to Vizag (A.P.) and it was really nice to see the attitude of people there. There, most of the bus conductors are women and the people there respect them.

Jitendra Mehra March 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

I was a bit busy in xams and internship etc... Finally gt sum tym whn itz clear dat m gng 2 germany this summer!

Few solutions are provided below, which can be implemented to handle local buses probs.

1) Keep 1 police in each bus or at least at each stop to handle such probs.
2) Make ticket more costly.
3) Diff. buses for diff. classes! general, first class etc... people will travel acc to that by giving appropriate

ticket cost.
4) Shifts buses in busy hours or arrange more no. of buses in busy hours
5) Reservation system as in local trains
6) Increase no. of seats, like trains or sleeper coach buses, Double decker
7) Frequency of buses should be increase
8) Population, schools & offices should be divided uniformly and offices should be shifted!(as shifted in mumbai)
9) Skybus can be another alternative but a bit difficult(need lots of money to establish)
10) Maintaining traffic routes, dividing traffic and making efficient bus stop to divide crowd
11) Lady ticket collectors/conductor are effective

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