Thursday, March 1, 2018

Missing bus

While travelling through a public transport I never get down in the middle of the journey. When I have to then I get into the trouble. How? I boarded in a bus from Sawai Madhopur for back home. The way was long, the driver was driving the bus too rashly, and I found it more adventurous than a fictional ride in 7D theatres. I was exhausted and feeling tired. My legs were paining as I was sitting for long hours moreover there was not enough space to stretch my legs. There was a strong urge in me to walk a bit to relax my legs. I was hungry too.

The bus stopped at Alwar station. Before getting down the bus, I asked the conductor, “How long will be the halt?”

He replied, “40 minutes!”

Thinking that there was ample of time I got down the bus. I bought katchori chole, a famous dish of Alwar from the vendor. As I started eating it I realised my bus was not there where I left it. I was bit worried as the station was big and to search my bus was a tedious job. I took a big morsel and started thinking while chewing.

“What is the colour of bus - steel grey or blue?”

I can’t remember.

“Is it a new bus or an old one?”

I can’t remember.

“Is it a Rajasthan roadways or Delhi?”

I can’t remember.

“Where it is coming from?”

I can’t remember.

Then, what do you remember?

It is going towards Delhi.

By the time I was done with the spicy katchori, I began moving around in search of buses going towards Delhi by looking at the display boards in the front of the vehicle. To my surprise, near about half of the buses were going to Delhi. I asked conductors and passengers to help me in finding some clue about my bus but all in vain. I tried to convince myself not to worry even if you didn’t find that bus, you could catch another to home and could leave the luggage in missing bus as it didn’t contain any thing that precious to trouble yourself.

As I was passing in front of the buses to check the display boards, I found that the front pane of a bus has a crack, a crack of very small size. Now, I recalled that my bus has a huge crack in the front pane on driver side. Now, I started my search for a broken pane. And I found it so easily. I boarded in the bus with a smile on my face.