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My First Travel in a Bus

Posted by Indranil Bhattacharya on August 2, 2017

Pune-Bangalore Highway

Pune-Bangalore Highway

It was mid-December, 2015. I was staying at my Aunt’s place at Pune and working as a freelance writer back then while listing up my resume at online job portals. One fine day, just as I was about to go out for a walk, I got a call from a media based company in Bangalore offering me work. This was one of those companies that I had listed under a word file named “What ifs,” safely hidden in my PC. I had to go, but the challenge was to get a Flight/Train ticket for the very next day as my interview was scheduled for the day after. My cousin asked me if I had tried Travelyaari and to be honest I had no clue what it was! He explained to me how easy it was to book a bus through their app/website and get an instant booking even on the same day! I, being myself, got a little skeptical about the whole thing and more importantly, I never really liked buses. The very few buses that I had to travel in were far from being comfortable; in fact, they’re quite dirty and a nuisance in general. My cousin eased me into booking a ticket with a speech on how Travelyaari is absolutely different from the rest of the bus booking agencies and how I shouldn’t really worry about anything. Since that day, it has been my go-to app every time I have to travel and have a limited budget.

Bus Interior

Bus Interior

I booked a bus by Orange Travels for the following evening, and throughout the way to the bus stand, I kept worrying about different issues that might come up. My biggest concern was what if the bus got late or what if the interior is smelly? I reached the bus stand and saw that the bus was there, with other passengers, getting ready to depart and it was me who was actually late! I hopped onto to the bus and climbed on the aisle seat that I had reserved. The bus was neat; everything was organized, the seats were better than I expected and, the conductor and the driver greeted me with a smiling face! The first thought that came to my mind was, ‘This is a BUS? REALLY?’. In a while, the bus departed, and we were on the move, and a lot quicker than I had expected.

Tea seller on the street

Tea seller on the street

I have always been the kind of person who needs to do something constantly, sitting idle staring out the window isn’t really my forte, especially when it’s dark outside. Thankfully, there was a TV on the bus, and within half an hour of the journey, it started showing an English movie for everybody’s language consistency. I was glad and quickly had some food that I brought along. The ride was so smooth that in about an hour, I was asleep. I woke up at around 5 in the morning and found out that we were halting at Shiggaon. I went out and brushed my teeth and had a cup of lovely, hot tea from a vendor. After allowing us some time for a little snack, the bus resumed its journey, and I settled back in my seat with my i-pod. The weather outside was pleasing; there was a slightly chilly breeze brushing by my face as my iPod played old Hindi melodies. The view too matched the ambiance, empty highway with long stretches of farming lands on the either sides. We halted once more near Devenagere Bypass for a quick breakfast and reached Tumkur, Bangalore by 11. The lovely weather made me instantly like the city. I thanked the driver for such a lovely ride while having some tea at the bus stand. When he heard that it was my first time in the city, he helped me get an auto for my destination and waved me good luck!

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