There is something extraordinary in journeys-something which has an
element of magic and fascination to it.
Bollywood has always painted a very romantic picture of travel.
Flicks like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and the more recent Piku manage
to take us into another world-a world marked with picturesque visuals
and soul stirring melodies. Lush green landscapes, orange hued sky
with the setting sun, and mild rain drops of rain take the viewer into
a magical world.
However, the scenario becomes completely different when the mode of
conveyance is a bus and the reason for this travel is to commute to
the place of work. The sight that daily travelers like me encounter
are people jostling to get into a bus, pushing fellow passenger to get
the lion’s share of the seat, fighting with the conductor over bus
fare and torn currency notes.
Bus journey truly epitomizes the fact that these days everybody is in
a hurry. The morning hours witness rush to reach the work place in
time while the evening hours are characterized by the rush to reach
home in time. In short, for us, life is truly a race. It also depicts
how impatient and insensitive we have become. Very few will have the
courtesy to offer seat to a senior citizen and people can be seen
quarreling with others over trivial issues.
However, over the passage of time, I have learnt to enjoy this chaos.
Although not as romantic and picturesque as Bollywood flicks, I am now
relishing my journey as it gives me ‘my time’.
Unlike others who prefer travelling in groups, my ideal travel
partners are first my husband and next myself. Juggling between the
jobs of being a mother, a wife, a daughter and a teacher and in the
pursuit of trying to be good at it, this travel gives me the time to
de-stress and channelize my trail of thoughts.
This time gives me time to think about what the next task I have at
hand is, what new I will teach my students today, what household
chores are pending for the day, and what improvements do I have to
So despite all the chaos and jostle and fatigue, I enjoy my travel.
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