Car or Bus ????

I need to go to Mylapore, for shopping. I’ll better leave early after breakfast, so that I can be back for lunch.

Ok, tell you what, I’ve a client meeting somewhere there and so, I can drop you at Mylapore.

Oh !!! No need. You just carry on with your office work. I can manage. I’ll take the train and you know, I love going by trains.

But, why do you need to travel by train, when I can drop you in our car ?????  Its OK, if you don’t want to come with me !!!!

:roll: :roll:     But I want to go by train.

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I am going to the library today. I need to return these books today, at any cost. It’s already past due date.

OK, get ready soon. I’ll drop you there while I go to office. Anyway, library is on the way.

Oh !!! Don’t you bother. I’ll manage on my own.

Its OK, if you don’t want to come with me !!!!

:roll: :roll:   But I want to go by bus.

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Oh, dear !!! How can I explain to this dear man of mine that I love to go with him in the car.  It’s not that I avoid the travel with him.  It’s actually a warm feeling inside the heart, when I travel in the car, sitting beside him, listening to our favourite old tamil hits.  Nothing can match this blissful travel with him.  But, still, me being me, I love the public transport system. What to do ???

Being born and brought up in Mylapore, somehow the crowds formed a major part of my life. It’s always filled with people wherever I go and I’ve got so used to it.  It’s such a comforting feeling that I am not alone in this world.  Whatever time I go out, I see people always running for something or other. Actually, its full of life.  People want to live their life to the fullest. They want to survive and they are fighting against everything to sustain themselves in this world. I like this. Actually, I love this life full of people.

And I’ve always used the public transport from a very young age.  I used to think that Autos are not safe – those were the days of Auto Shankar, who kidnapped girls and raped them, posing as an auto driver.

So, the buses have been my second home, where I spent most of my time – travelling.  And it is indeed such a pleasure to take the longest bus route and have a fav book to keep company.  The moving crowd, the constant bhak bhak, the little fights with the conductor for not giving proper change, are all so lively to watch and be a part of. And the book reading in-between all these hungama, is so much interesting.  These bus journeys have actually helped me to read a lot of books during my teenage and later.

I had missed going by buses, when I had two little girls along with me. Since I was unable to handle to both of them in a bus, where one will be running helter skelter and I might be going mad, I took to the auto.  But still my heart was with the buses.

Hyderabad proved a great challenge, where only Telugu name boards welcomed me everywhere. I just couldn’t make out where a bus is going. So, stuck with autos there too.

Back in Chennai, I am having a great time, travelling by the public transport, to my heart’s fill.  And the girls with me on these journeys, is so satisfying to my heart. And again, I am back to reading books during my travel time.  It’s just the feeling of being transported back to my teenage years and I am enjoying every moment of it.

This particular bus which I board to take my girls to their dance classes, actually goes till the Marina Beach. So, everyday I get to see the loads of people, who are on their way to their beach for an evening out there.  All the little boys and girls, all excited and totally dressed up for a wonderful evening in the beach – Oh, what wonderful days !!!!  Their mothers are constantly shouting at them to be together, but their non-stop chatter is more loud to hear what their mom is telling them. They are laughing without worries and I enjoy the whole scene in front of me.

So, all said and done, the public transport is still the favourite travel option for me.  And given a choice, I’ll choose it first.

But I might take to the luxury which my dear husband is offering, to see that smile on his face. :)

What about you ???? Do you take to the car or the bus ????

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52 Responses to Car or Bus ????

  1. Solilo says:

    You are cruel, Ummu. You are.

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    • UmaS says:

      LOL Sols !!! I am not so cruel to him, thats why I go with him all the time. :)

      But you shld see how he makes a big de-tour to just drop me !!! So sweet, yes. But I want to go by bus, sometimes. :)

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  2. Solilo says:

    You could you say NO to that sweet man of yours? :D

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  3. Sagarika says:

    Bus .. Bus… Bus… and yes I totally understand what you are saying… Somewhere I love public transport too.. travelling with people on those known and unknown roads helps me connect with the common masses. It somewhere sets in you a sense of parity and humility no matter where you are…While the Bombay trains awe me with the zeal of the people travelling in me, the Jodhpur transport used to humble me with the respect each one gives you in the city, the Kolkata transport again helps me connect to the culture that is still not urban despite so much modernisation and the b’lore traffic spoke just the opposite… the public transport helps you discover much more, than losing excess wight theough sweat… it helps you discover the city through a different pair of glasses altogether :)
    (jumped over from nancy’s blog and glad I did) :D

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    • UmaS says:

      Welcome here Sagarika !!! Gud you did the jumping !!! :)

      Very true – these public transports are the life of the city and helps us discover the true colours of the city.

      Just love the way you have described abt the transport and ppl in different cities. Am yet to travel by bus anywhere else other than Chennai. :)

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  4. Swaram says:

    2nd :P

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    • Swaram says:

      3rd I mean ;)

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      • UmaS says:

        2nd or 3rd ???? Decide on ur own !!! LOL Swaru !!! :)

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      • Swaram says:

        If I cud decide, I wud say 1st :P
        Soli don is first and I am scared to take on her ;)

        Sigh! I miss the public transport days too .. its nt so gud in Hyderabad!
        Music and books used to keep me nice company all thru the journey from home to work :) 2.5 hrs seemed nt so long! Aah .. those days :D

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      • UmaS says:

        Yes, Hyd public transport is not so welcoming to ppl to board it. Here, in Chennai, the buses are awesome – some are so spacious and with A/c you dont feel the travel at all.

        Those journeys are a memory to hold on to, right ???? Me too think the same – 2.5 hrs didnt seem long at all.

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  5. chatterbox says:

    Well I love travel by the local trains :D

    It’s fun reading as you travel to work or to university. I’ve had my fair bit of it.

    I do miss those fun days, for I drive to work now (that’s cause my workplace is real close by and I often pick groceries on my way home from work ).

    But if given a choice I’d choose public transport for sure :D :D

    I do agree with Solilo though ;) ;)

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    • UmaS says:

      Yes, public transport and reading is such a combo. Cant miss to do it. :)

      You agree with the Don !!! Oh, CB !!!! I am just trying to make a point that I love the travel in public transport !!! But, that doesnt tell that I hate cars. Its just a matter of preference.

      If we are going out as a family, I’ll certainly use the car. Its family time. :)

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  6. Vimmuuu says:

    You women are seriously unpredictable. Had he not offered you a ride, you wouldve claimed he is rude and what not. Hmmpphhh !!!!

    I hate going by buses even for long distance travel. I would prefer going on my bike and once I get a car for myself, who knows, I might shift my preference to the car. But I just hate buses; especially the Tamil Nadu buses, I could run faster to reach my destination instead (You should sit in a Kerala bus to know what I am talking about :D )

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    • UmaS says:

      Oh, just keep quiet – always reading in-between the lines…just learn to take things as it is, not twisted around your neck.

      OOPS, never travelled in Kerala in a bus….anyway, are u telling me that Chennai buses are slow ???? My God, thats so bad of you. These buses are actually known for their rash driving and high speeding. But the traffic on the road is just too much…cannot blame the bus being slow.

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  7. tikulicious says:

    I used to love going in the bus or auto on my own but considering the heat and traffic of Delhi I would prefer to have him drive me around . :)

    Poor guy loves you Uma , wants you to be comfortable . maybe you could take him along for a two to tango bus ride ;)

    Metro is cool here but buses ..God save the commuters.

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    • UmaS says:

      Yes, Tikuli, those hot summery days, I too prefer the A/c of the car. But cool evenings or early mornings by bus is just so fantastic.

      My husband in a bus ????? Whaaaat ????? Just dont think so !!! He loves his car and goes to the nearest ATM (a 5 min walk from home) in his car !!! ;)

      Have u been in the Metro ??? Is it well connected ???? A/c, eh ????

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      • tikulicious says:

        Yea it is very well connected and fun. Metro has really made life easy.
        LOL my hubby too is wedded to his car. well I would love to take a public transport when I can and also ride a bicycle or go walking if I can. there is a joy in observing people who commute by public trasport

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      • UmaS says:

        Agree so much with you. Its indeed quite interesting to observe ppl while travelling.

        Ride a bicycle ???? Give me 5!!! For a year or so, I rode a bicycle to work and was the fittest of all !!! :)

        Shld try the Metro, when in Delhi.

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  8. Smita says:

    I would prefer Car :D Somehow the luxury & comfort takes over everything else :Dbut I agree Public transports give you so much to see & observe that they have their own charm :)

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    • UmaS says:

      Yes, me too love the car travels, when S drives around. Its blissful luxury.

      See, I know, the women out there will get my point. But look at that bugger, he got it all wrong. ;)

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  9. Pixie says:

    I take the bus and auto everywhere :D
    Or my 2-wheeler! no car still :P :P

    I don’t mind the bus travel in Bangalore – we have plenty of buses…
    But, Autos are a headache here!!! To save time – 2-wheeler! :P

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  10. masood says:

    I am a car person. Will take public transport if and only if I know I will not find parking for my car or bike. I love the independence associated with driving my own vehicle.

    But all that aside, how could you say no to your dear hubby who just offered you a lift? If I did such a thing, my wife would jump and clung onto me and my car, and in the meantime also ask me to drive her to all other places that she wanted to go to! :D

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    • UmaS says:

      You take public transport, when u know you wont get parking ???? WOW Masood. My S will avoid going to that place, if there is no parking. Howzaat ??? ;)

      I too jump at such offerings, when I am too tired to travel by bus, but at times I prefer the public transport system. :)

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  11. shail says:

    I was okay with buses till the day I was almost pushed under the wheel by people in a mad rush to get in, on one of my trips to the library while a college student. That put me off buses for a long long time. Instead I used to walk wherever I could. Now of course I cannot be bothered with buses. I take an auto, or drive myself or ask the L & M to drop me. :)

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  12. Shilpa says:

    Aww aww….. cho chweet… :)
    I can too happily hop onto any bus in chennai and ya the morning rides when the cool breeze (a little maybe) hits you is heavenly….. :)
    sigh I miss all that :(

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    • UmaS says:

      Its indeed heavenly…the early morning bus rides….WOW, wish I can do the same like college days.

      Cho chweet husband, na ????? LOL !!!

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  13. Agnes says:

    I drive everywhere but I agree, trains are much more charming than cars :-)

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  14. lostworld says:

    Have to say you’re one of a kind. I always look for ways to avoid buses. I like public transport in Bangalore but Chennai scares me. The buses & their drivers are terrors. I travel by office transport only these days & drive or take an auto during weekends.

    I recently went to Marina beach & Kabali kovil in Mylapore. I miss Chennai so much. I’d settle there if I could :-( :-( :-(

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    • UmaS says:

      So sweet…u want to settle in Chennai….come over, I’ll look for a house for u. U went to the beach…awesome !!! :)

      One of a kind ???? Only one in this kind !!!! LOL, LW !!! :)

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  15. kanagu says:

    I love both the bus and train travel in Chennai… Usually i love to go to depot so that i could get a seat for myself… He he he :)
    I love these flying trains much… No other transport can make me to reach so fast from central to anywhere in that line during peak time…
    Now the quality of buses is really improved but the cost is high which is not affordable for every common man :(

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    • UmaS says:

      I too do that, Kanagu…going to the bus depot to get a window seat all to myself.

      And trains are damn helpful to avoid the mad traffic jams…I agree…ppl shld use this more often and give their vehicles a break.

      Compared to autos…the bus rates are OK, na ?????

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  16. Saritha says:

    I love trains,but i don’t have access to trains in hyd.So when ever i am there i only take autos.But my mom always talks good about APSRTC and there A/C buses.But in hyd buses are always crowded and they never come in time.In school we had school bus and in college i travelled in the same bus for 5 years to reach my college.

    btw i have not seen any telugu boards on the bus,they changed now??? Don’t know how to read in telugu and dont remember seeing telugu boards.

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    • UmaS says:

      All the buses I saw in Hyd, had telugu boards. How come u missed it ???

      Everywhere the public transport system is good and its upto the ppl to maintain them well and use them well too. :)

      Now trains are there in Hyd, too !!!

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  17. Indy says:

    Hai…so cute! I understand what u mean abt wanting to experience [blic transport and it being comfortable and I am guessing a bit freeing! But ur hubby is so nice to offer to drop you! :) Here in Hk the public transport is absolutely efficient and well networked so thats what I opt for always! :))

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    • UmaS says:

      Hubby is a darling, Indy….but sometimes the wild freak in me wants to go on a bus ride or a train journey…thats when the problem starts. ;)

      I know how well maintained the public transport systems are there in HK, Spore and all. :)

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  18. Nancy says:

    I dont like travelling in cars, buses or planes coz I have this queasy feeling inside me which goes away only after I get off & breathe the fresh air. The only exceptions are autos & trains & i love travelling in both :-D

    Apart from the problems I love the hustle & bustle in buses and the fights & the love stories which happen during the journey :-D. Very nice post Uma!!!!

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    • UmaS says:

      Cars – No, Bus – No, Plane – No ???????? My God, you are one of a kind, Nancy !!!! LOL !!!! :lol:

      Train travels are so comforting – the sound of the wheels on the track is such a comforting sound, while travelling. I just love it. :)

      Love stories ???? Do u know of one ???? Come on, tell me. :)

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  19. hitchwriter says:

    If it werent for Bus and Train… I wouldnt be married….

    Public Transport is the sole reason for me netting Hetal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D

    3 years of college going and coming back together was amazing… !!!! The time we spent then are golden memories… !!! :) Even today we both absolutely love travelling.. by bus and train.. we love travelling by car tooo… !!!! actually !!!!!!

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  20. chinkurli says:

    I’m from Bangalore where buses can be unrealiable, overcrowded, and connectivity isn’t great. But when I was studying in Chennai I almost always took the bus. How I miss it here :-)

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  21. Lakshmi says:

    I have so many of your posts to read. I picked this first as the title caught my curiosity… I used to love buses, especially chennai buses if they were not crowded. I wonder how it will be after being away for so long.

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  22. Anu says:

    Uma, I tell you! I hate buses in Chennai! Never. They were nightmares to me! Ofcourse I’ve travelled a great deal in buses while at college. If its with a group of friends around, and if the bus isn’t crowded, I like bu travelling. Uff I had only bad experiences travelling in crowded buses from Anna nagar to Redhills and in 41C.
    Else, I am an Autowali. My mom always gives me an ugly stare when I call “Auto…inga poganum”! I do love travelling in electric trains. But out of all this, I simply love travelling in my own vehicle. It gives me freedom, a kind of profoundness and what not!

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