Most of you are associated with notorious driving, bad traffic rule followers and no concern for the people on the road.
Yep, unfortunately, thats how your reputation is.
But honestly, I beg to differ. I personally think you are great drivers.
Let me confess, I am a closet driver. yep thats true. I am too scared to drive. Driving gives me jitters. I dont drive until its really really necessary or there is an emergency. My husband keeps telling me to start driving, but the very thought of crossing the 100s of flyovers in Bombay, gives me goosebumps.
So, technically as a non-driver, I think you guys are really rockstars. I understand how difficult it is for you. Driving through the almost standstill traffic, maneuvering through the tiny narrow gallis, fighting with the hundreds of rickshaws and bikes and cars which criss cross you, the way the bikers find tiny gaps between you and the pavements which means you need to be alert ALL THE TIME! Mad Eyed Moody, would have been really impressed by your vigilance!
I think driving near the station is the worst thing ever. There are 100s of other buses, people are walking without concern, they show their hands and ask you to stop so that they can cross (I stand guilty of that as well!), plus the crowds that get into your bus!
you need to look through the rearview to ensure that everyone is in. And then God forbid if people are hanging out and they fall. You are taken to task. What about the fact that people want to get down at one stop but there is no place for others to get in..yet you have to stop, slightly race the bus in hope that out of 100, about 10 people get scared not to climb in, ensure that the people getting out are not falling…Gosh! its a scary job.
and yet, you seem to get more brickbats than bouquets. OF course, I must admit, some of you have been involved in horrific accidents, running over people, etc. But honestly, in my personal experience, I think each one of you is amazing.
Its really sweet of you to stop when R and I are running towards the bus stop, give us a lovely good morning or say bye when we get off. I will never forget the incident when one of you, honked the horn till R and I turned back and waved at you.
You all seem to be super humans as per me. Working long hours, same route and yet being Constantly Vigilant!
Wow! thats not a great amount especially in a city like Bombay..how do you manage then?
Anyways, may be its not the right source for salaries and I am hoping you earn a lot more than that. I wonder if any of you ever suffer from stress related diseases and such?
do you fight for going in the easy routes or do you earn a bonus if you take a route which is very crowded?
I dont know if I can ever tell any of this personally, but honestly, I salute you guys.
Please drive safe and stay safe.
Always a Fan
PS – On a Blog Break, will return soon!