Last week I happened to goto Marol in Andheri East for some work and while returning back I got a chance to travel in one of our Pride of Mumbai transport “Double-Decker” bus. I really could not recollect the last time I traveled in double-decker bus in Mumbai. Although the ride was not that good as the bus was fully crowded and the distance was too short but I cherish the wonderful little time spent in the bus which I had after a long long time. I always liked traveling in double-decker bus from my childhood.
My school was walking distance from my home and hence I hardly got any chance to travel in bus to school. But I still recollect that during my SSC (Board exams), my centre was far away from home and I had the option to travel by bus. And those days (way back 2 decades ago) there were many double-decker busses running on the roads of Mumbai. And luckily my exam centre was the last stop (Bus route no. 273). I use to get a seat on the upper deck and enjoy the nature and the breeze of Aamchi Mumbai. So for all the exams I got chance to travel by double-decker bus daily thru and fro from home.
Mumbai’s double-decker buses have crossed a milestone of running for 75 years in last June 2013. The double-decker, once the pride of the city, was first launched in Mumbai in 1937. Since then “Victoria Terminus” has become “Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus” and “Bombay” has become “Mumbai”. But the double-decker remains a symbol of the city. BEST which runs and maintains the buses have almost stopped running double-decker buses for various reasons; high cost per kilometre, slow speed, too much noisy, high maintenance (since it has 2 conductors) as compared to single decker bus. According to BEST official, the single-decker bus has 52 sitting capacity and 13 standing, while the double-decker bus has 78 sitting and 19 standing capacity.
Until late 90s there were many double-decker buses in service. I remember we all friends use to go to Juhu beach at Vile Parle in double-decker bus (route no. 203) and what a joy ride we all use to have. Climbing the spiral steps and getting on the upper deck and running to get the front seat was unique in bus. One feels you are on top of the world while traveling on the upper deck of the double-decker bus. Since older citizens found it difficult to climb the stairs of the moving vehicle, the upper deck was typically filled with children, students and young couples enjoying the cool breeze and ‘aerial’ view. I am still missing those good old days and of course the ride in double-decker bus. Whenever any of my relatives coming from other town, used to ride in the double-deckers and I too had a sense of pride that my city had something unique to offer. But today, I myself do not get to ride in these buses, where have they gone?
Can’t BEST come up with better option and start running more double-decker buses? Our next generation also can get a chance to enjoy the Pride ride.
My daughter has never understood my enthusiasm for these buses. But I’d like to enjoy my last few rides on an upper deck before they are gone forever.
One of the old model double-decker bus
One more 26th Jan, our 65th Republic day; came and went by. So what did I do and how did I celebrate it?
This year republic day being on a Sunday, many must be thinking that we lost one holiday. Last Saturday my daughter had been specially called in school for celebrating the republic day (Saturdays being weekly off for her) and once she was back from school I was bombarded with lots of questions from her. Like who was the first Prime Minister of India, who was the first President of India, where is India Gate (since I stay in Mumbai) and the most important question was what is “Parade”? Although I was able to answer most of the questions but could not describe the beauty and feeling of watching our Republic Day Parade on TV. So on Saturday itself I decided that Sunday morning i.e. on our Republic Day I am surely be watching the parade from the start with my daughter. And yes we both made a point to get up early and be ready for the big day. The start of the parade was awesome and myself and my daughter were glued to the television set. As the parade progressed on I was explaining my daughter the significance and importance of our army and the different types of regiment. All this I was also listening on TV and then sharing it with my daughter.
Unfortunately I was not able to view the full Parade as I had some urgent social visit to attend but my daughter watched it fully and my dad took over the part of further explanation to my daughter. She was watching it for the first time and she liked the full Parade.
Right now, at the time of writing this post I am at Poisur Gymkhana attending an evening cultural event “Janmahotsav 2014 – Golden Era of India” specially organised on occasion of Republic Day. Many different competitions were held since yesterday and even my daughter had participated in drawing competition under 10 years. Today lot of young children displayed their talent either in way of individual or group performance and all below 18 years. National Anthem, Patriotic songs, dances, singing were all part of the event. We all enjoyed the full event and the audience was also big in numbers (approx 300 plus).
Overall day spent with lots of patriotism in my heart and a perfect way to celebrate Republic Day. And I really appreciate the efforts put in by Poisur Gymkhana to organise such a wonderful cultural event and also giving a big platform to the young talented generation who are the future of India.
Here are a couple of pics I have clicked of the event (although not very clear).
PS – I could not post this yesterday so am publishing it today.
Jai Hind !!! Vande Mataram !!!
Again yesterday’s (14-Jan-2014) DNA (Daily News & Analysis) newspaper carried one more mistake. DNA, suppose to be in the top 10 rankers in India is loosing its creditability. So many mistakes and that too so frequent. See attach for your reference.
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Have you ever been to India, and experienced a journey by local trains! I do! My commute consists of a ride through the choo-choo train every day. It is of course the worst at rush hours. But being Mumbai, and so over populated, it is generally crowded at other times of the day too.
Today while traveling in train, I was an unfortunate witness to an argument between an elderly man who must be in his late fifties (lets call him A) with a young boy who was definitely younger than me (lets call him B). For your reference I am in mid thirties.
It all started for a seat in the first class compartment. The young lad i.e. B tried to push the older gentleman A while grabbing a seat and then started the “tu tu mein mein” between both of them. A started with lecturing B about his education and his upbringing. And the young boy stared to abuse the elderly guy also bringing in religious values. B even said that “so what if you are old, this does not mean you need comfort at all places and we young generation need to teach you and change your way of thinking”. I am mentioning only a couple of things, the argument lasted more than ten minutes.
Is this our new generation who does not know how to respect an older person? In early days and during our time we never argued or disrespect anyone who was older than us and we still do the same. Today education has increased to its highest level but being an educated person does not teach you how to give respect to others. This quality of giving respect should come from within one self. I really wonder if the young guy cannot respect an elder guy then what will be his attitude towards his own Parents? The worst part which I did not like at all was that after the person A got down at his destined station the young guy again started saying that I wanted to teach that person how to sit and hence he did such thing purposely.
There were two seats for both of them respectively, it was just the comfort level. If B could have made place or if he could ignore A’s remarks then such argument could had been avoided. As usual couple of other fellow travelers (of course including me) had to intervene. I made some place for A as he was near me.
This is just one of the examples and sadly such things happens almost everyday in trains. Not many accommodate for others. I am still thinking of the young guy as he cannot preach then how do we expect him to teach his children the value of respect for elders. Pushing an elder to get a better seat is never worth it for it just does not feel right. Are we human beings or animals? Even penguins take care of one another and are accommodating to other penguins when facing extreme temperatures.
We, like penguins, share a bond humanity.
Today morning while reading DNA (Daily News & Analysis) newspaper, I came across this proof check error wherein the headline says something and the content under that headline refers to something else. The headline and the body content are nowhere related to each other 🙂
Here is the link for the article….
This is second goof up of DNA since past 15 days. See earlier here.
Wake up DNA …. Please get better proof readers on board!!!