One of the most pleasing moments in life is when one’s bus or train is approaching after a long wait. Apart from that, public transport rarely inspires any moment of glory among common people. The immense concentration of people forced upon commuters by public transport systems is hardly a pleasing experience for the clichéd “social animal” and goes to prove that public mentality is yet to be conducive for communism.
In crowded cities with stressed infrastructure such as Mumbai or
Anywhere in the world, public transport has always been a splendid place for leering at the opposite sex. But they also provide a great avenue for artistic expression. Often seats are marked or engraved with lines ranging from the elegant such as “John loves Julie” to the profound like “For hot massage call 9999999”. Public transport also provides good opportunity to bully minorities. In Mumbai trains, some commuters from the majority community gang-up to sing devotional music loudly, often to the discomfort of non-believers. Not too long ago, racism and the resulting segregation expressed itself at its worst in public transport systems. Happily now, journey using public transport in some cities like
But then, while every other system with the word public attached to it is being disgraced, public transport is making a remarkable comeback. With even the pope sounding knowledgeable about global warming, commuters using public transport have finally found the respect they deserve for having to withstand the twice-daily dosage of human sweat, smell and pressure.