Saturday, October 28, 2006

I am fine(d)

Hasnt it happened to you that while you are travelling in some mode of public transport and you see some people getting fined for not carrying an appropriate / any ticket and you / people start talking about how miserable such people are? Well it has happened to me. No, I didnt say such things about the person as the person was Me!
I love a few things about Delhi, that includes the CNG fleet of DTC. As an environmentally conscious citizen I make it a point to use ecofriendly methods to meet my requirements. Using CNG buses gives me one such high. It was a pleasant evening, I just got relieved from an HR training program I was attending at Radisson, a 5 star btw, and proudly walked out to catch a bus to Gurgaon. I got one and seeing the number of boarders > number of vacant seats inside, I hurried to grab one before I took the ticket. Thought I would keep my cap on my seat and go and get the ticket after the bus moves and the rush settles down. Bus moved and stopped soon at the next stop, not even minute away. It was still some crowd around my seat. Some 5-6 people entered the bus. One of them, a middle aged man had a reciept book in his hand. Spectacled. Safari suit. I felt uncomfortable. He tagged the conductor on his shoulders and exchanged words. Oh shit, I'm dead. I said to myself. Is this really happening to me. He is the, what do we call him, BTE?as in bus ticket examiner. What do i do now. Should i hold on to my seat and pretend to be comfortable, non-chalant? But wouldnt it be worse if he comes and ask me for a ticket and after looking for it in my wallet and all my pockets I say "nahi hai, uncle!". So after going through this thought process in 10milliseconds. I stood up, and placing my cap on the seat walked to the conductor for a ticket. But he refused to give me one! Nothing can save me now. Instead of staying away from the predator I just walked right into him. BTE noticed something going on and aske me 'tikit dikhaiye'. 'lena hai' I said. 'ab to nahi milega, wo aapke seat hai?' he asked, pointing at my cap(which btw, saurav singh, you must get it back from the cricket kit you left it in). It was followed by the regular 'bas lene wale hi the' 'to liya kyu nahi' 'pichhle stop pe hi chadhe the' 'padhe likhe lagte hain, fir bhi baat nahi samajhte?'. I took my seat, he came, I lost a medium size Gandhi chhap note.
After putting my wallet back in pocket when i held my head high, for some unknown reason everyone was staring at me. Ok, the reason is known but I didnt instead of the 'chhi chhi' look, it was the 'oh bechara' look. Anyway I didnt shy away but stared each of them into the eye until they looked away. Some one from behind asked me '1 aadmi ka saw(100) rupaya?'. I nodded in agreement, and I smiled. The reason was that 5 of them were sitting behind my seat, all w/o tickets. yessss! They were coming from the same stop as me. But the BTE wasnt interested. As if he had a ceiling for the number of people to fined in one expedition. 'Come on', I shouted inside myself, 'Fine them!' but he ignored mere andar ki awaaz. I could have straight forward asked him to check everyone else's ticket but in that i ran a risk of getting lynched by the other offenders. Anyway he was not interested and got down at the next stop.
I did all that was in my hands to save myself but the inevitable happened. Now it was my turn to justify myself, with strange logics. But I wasnt getting many. All I came up with were 'Its a lesson learnt, not only for me but also for others present there. Always buy the ticket in a DTC bus before occupying the seat' and 'after all its going to the government!'. But those could not pacify me. Then I recalled the exquisite lunch I had at Radisson + almond chocolate cakes(Kriti's mom style) + (i didnt count) glasses of juice etc. etc. Just Rs.100 for all this, its a steal! No regrets.

(note-I wish I hadnt refused the offer of being dropped at a location not very near to my home by one of the fellow trainees just before I took the bus)

13 comments:

saurabh said...

Just as I thought..
i knew we wud have something good to read

saurabh

kumar abhishek said...

Hehe .. funny incident ... Pataa I have never seen any incident of anyone getting caught for not having a ticket.

Voice said...

well after reading this line..
Now it was my turn to justify myself, with strange logics.
i thought one and the strange logic which finally satisfied you. [:D]

quoting saurabh
"padh le aur seekh [from ur blog] ki kaise acha post likhte hain"
sahi me kya likho ho...

Psycho McCrazy said...

so we welcome another member into our blogging community... [:)]

abhi said...

yes batana bhool gaye.. if you are travelling with a friend and one of you has tic .. other dosent.. TTE come.. what do you do????


The person with tic runs like hell and WT walks away coolly:)

Kriti said...

hehehe

Kriti said...

allow anonymous comments also.. turn on that option in settings...

rohit said...

@kas
aise incidents pittsburg me rare honge. is your univ the same as shown in 'the graduate'?
@voice
what logic did u come up with?
@kriti
now i remember what they call it, almond chocolate brownie, oh ow, i am hungry!

Bhav said...

same as urs...

Vivek Malewar said...

your blog was worth the wait :)

kumar abhishek said...

its Pittsburgh. Haven't seen the graduate . will put that up on my priority list after the qualifiers.

rajesh said...

rohit is god

Avinash singh said...

Hmm .. i am against the logic of ur pacifying urself.. in todays world.. less profit is loss..

still it was gd that u were alone..so ..that 100rs was well spent in getting a worthwhile funda.. nd that too without loss of pride.. as they were all strangers..nd even if they laugh.. u were coming out of goddam 5 *.. so who can shout..

nd gd to know that ur environment frenly.. will try to become 1 myself..