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December 3, 2008

Lucky to Be Alive!!!




I thought this would be my last trip. If you have traveled in one of those "Super Express" buses plying in the state of Karnataka/Kerala, you would know what I am talking about.

This is not the first time that I was riding on these buses. The experience this time was definetly terrifying though. It looked as if the driver had made his mind up to live up to the name of "Super Express". For once I felt that the BEST buses in Mumbai was a smaller evil in front of this monster, but then you don't have so many open roads in Mumbai where you can really make your vehicles go faster.

Down here in Kerala, private buses form the crux of the road transportation. As there are many players involved, competition is tough. A case of who gets the passengers first at each stop and they would do anything to out do each other even if it means speeding, making dangerous manevours and overtakes.

The bus in which I was traveling had almost knock down a biker who made a wrong pass. The bus driver even went ahead and tried to make a U-turn without slowing down so as to reach the bus stop in the first position. His efforts did not pay off, but he did made me realize how one would feel if the bus is on a two set of tyres. There was a moment when I started chanting GOD's name when standing in a position made it possible for me to look outside the same glass the driver was looking through. The way he was driving, you too would have started praying. I am pretty sure that some of these 'maverick' drivers might have ended up in accidents. I wished not to be a part of it.

I am not sure if the people of Kerala find this amusing, but something should be done about this. For me, the bus ride was one hell of a journey and I feel Lucky to Be Alive!!

2 comments:

anunabridgedlife said...

Hi Yogesh,
We are actually accustomed to all this. It common here. I thought it's common everywhere.
Actually here our mentality goes like this.
If we are outside the bus on the road we complain how fast the bus is going, but once inside we are restless and in a hurry to reach destination, we complain how slow the driver is.
It's kind of human nature.
Yeah sometimes it can be dangerous.

Yogesh said...

@ Chris

Yeah, I got that feeling, seeing everyone else sitting calmly.

I wish I could agree with you. The only thing that I am looking forward is a safe and sound journey :))