Friday, November 7, 2014

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hutti dare kannada nadu nalli hutta beku..
hutti dare kannada nadu nalli hutta beku...
hutti dare kannada nadu nalli hutta beku...
It took some time for me to realize that song was playing continuously and it was not coming from the radio in the bus. Then after sometime, I woke up from the small power nap in the bus since the sound was playing continuously.
The bus crossed the dirty lanes of City Market and reached Corporation. The driver pulled up his phone and started speaking while we were waiting in the signal.
At first, he couldn't recognize the voice coming from the other end. Next, he couldn't hear correctly.. After some time, he was speaking so loud that atleast 3-4 rows behind him could listen to him.
It was a call from a stranger. He didnt know who he was and driver was trying to find out if it was a wrong number or not.
After sometime, he realized that it was a stranger calling from the hospital. My ears became little alert. The conductor who was busy writing his travel log and ticket numbers paused for a moment and looked at driver.
The driver continued the conversation and realized that his kid has been admitted to the hospital. Somebody from the hospital has been trying to reach him from last 5-10 mins.
We got to know (yeah, the awake ones and loud conversation effect) that driver's daughter has been bitten by a stray dog.
hmmm.. not a good way to start the morning .. The driver requested the stranger to pass the phone to his daughter and asked for her state and concerns.
He was more concerned if the dog has bitten her anywhere on the face. (its hard to find a guy for a girl with scar marks, Jai Ho for the society and its expectations)
Later, he found that dog has bitten the girl on her legs and neck. She sounded scared and wanted her dad to come there immediately. Dad consoled her and then said would be there soon.
By then, we had reached near to MG road as the stretch is full of signals.
Before I could jump into conversation, the conductor offered to drive and let the driver make the calls.
The driver agreed and sat in the front row trying to make calls to all his contacts. After sometime, he was able to reach his contacts and ensure that someone reaches the hospital.
At that time, I realized that kid/stranger was in government hospital with no doctor in sight. The kid wanted immediate attention and this incident might have happened in place which is far away from Bengaluru.
Driver called up his cousin, asked him to take the kid to nearest private doctor and get her treated. Looks like both didnt have money on hand, so they were discussing how to arrange for some immediate cash. Later, they settled it out. He was also telling him that he wont get leave and he has to manage the show for next 2 days till he gets his weekly off.
In the mean time, a techie with a laptop bag jumps into the bus and start walking towards his seat. Driver and Conductor together say in Kannada to get down from bus.
With his Malayalam accent and confused looks (since he didnt know Kannada) ; he says "I want to go to Raamugrthynagar".
The driver and conductor again repeat the same , this time little more louder. He gets down and gives back a stare once he is on the road.
You never know, this person might shoot the next complaint to the BMTC stating BMTC staff as rude and un-courteous.
But, someone who was in the scene would know why the driver and conductor shouted in unison for 2nd time. What was going in their mind when a commuter jumped into public bus on private/contract trip.
So, next time .. you are in the auto or bus or any public space..
Carry a smile, (I know its difficult but it helps a lot )
Learn some conversational Kannada (Dont expect public to learn your language)
Stop thinking that they are public SERVANTS. It might be their bad day same as yours on some other day !

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