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Life Stops @ Bus Stops

16 January 2008 17 Comments

Saturday evening, in the twilight hour, I lethargically walk to the bus stop. A
bus stops about 20m away from me (to my left). I run to catch it with 2 heavy bags
(one is my back-pack, other my belly :-))

“Does it go to Ramamoorthy nagar?”

I walk back very slowly. Almost at snails pace πŸ™‚

“Ting, Ting” “Ting, Ting” – There is a guy selling roasted peanuts.
I wonder, how does he earn his bread by selling just those peanuts. Or does he eat
just peanuts for his living?

My mind continued to flutter..

I look around. There are guys dressed in formals, holding a file in hand, with a
dejected look on their face! It doesnt require a Newton to guess that they didnt
get a job..

In the mean time, another bus stops 20m to my right. I ran there. Same story, The
bus doesnt go to ramamoorthy nagar.

It was getting darker. More people accumulating in the bus stop. I could see a
silhouette of a young couple, holding hands. They are probably the only 2 souls
there who didnt want the bus to come. πŸ™‚

Time flies. Its 20 minutes since I reached there. Bored of standing alone, I
bought peanuts for 2 rupees.

“Sammmmmosa” “Sammooosa” – A man selling samosas for 5 rupees each. He was so
drunk that he couldnt stand. All the money that he earns by selling those “Over
Priced” samosas goes to a bar. πŸ™‚

I also caught sight of a beautiful girl there with a back-pack similar to mine.
My mind continued to fly on that boring evening..
I am sure she has a laptop.
she should be in IT.
She should have just started her career I think. Otherwise, why the hell on earth
was she standing in the bus stop.
What could be the make of laptop – IBM thinkpad or dell.. blah blah blah..

Another ten minutes passed with random thoughts. She gets into the next bus. πŸ™
So did the silhouettes. I go back to the peanuts guy and take peanuts for 5 rupees.
Ah, now I understand how he makes his living πŸ™‚

My life was stranded in the bus stop. I appreciate my patience to stay there for
half an hour without a bus. πŸ™‚

There are people there to make a living out our patience. (the peanuts guy, the
somasa guy etc). An auto guy comes and stands in front of me. “Vroom, Vroom..” He
is trying to make his living out my impatience. πŸ™‚

I show my disinterest by looking away from him. I catch sight of the samosa guy
smoking “beedi”.. Rings of smoke flew in the air.. He was in his own world! So am
I. Those rings reminded of the ring that I give to my cab driver before leave.

“Hello suresh, where are you, I am coming down in 5 minutes. Please be there, I
dont have much time”. I thought, here is another person, who makes his living because of our fast moving life.

All these random thoughts engulfed my mind as my life stopped at a bus stop!


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  • The Maharishi said:


  • payal said:

    may be if the girl with the laptop was there for some more time and u guys got into a conversation….. life never stops! not does thoughts!
    very true! πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    thanks payal.. Yeah.. thoughts never stop..

    Yeah.. the girl should have stayed thr. πŸ™‚

  • Harishankaran said:

    hmmmm, you can try standing at the same stop for a few more days at the same time, if you want to meet that girl and you don’t want life to stop :D.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    Good suggestion! πŸ™‚ Will do!

  • The Rain God said:

    i think if u boarded the bus the girl took, you would have “settled in life” by now. Looks like you really lose all your opportunity and then crib that there is nothing called “settling in life” and its a constant run πŸ˜‰

    -U know who I m, dint wanna put a sig πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ the rain god
    ha ha… nice comment! really funny πŸ™‚

    I should have taken that bus πŸ™‚

  • Megha said:


  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    thanks megha.. I hope you enjoyed reading it! πŸ™‚

  • | Balu | said:

    Hello Sundar.. nice post! Can I take this one for Blog Talk in Bangalore Mirror?

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ Balu,

    Thanks a lot!
    Sure. Please take it!

  • Nidhi Modi said:

    Hey Its very nice blog.
    It happens with many people but only few have skill to write incidents in a touching language. You are one of them. πŸ™‚

    Keep writing! We enjoy our coffee time with you.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ Nidhi,

    thank you very much!!

    Its very encouraging to read such comments!

  • Immaculate Bigot said:

    simple things enrich life the most! Its really refreshing reading your blog – I can connect with it πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ Immaculate bigot,

    Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

    Read more!! πŸ™‚

  • Lavanya said:

    I don’t know why most of the commentators were stuck up with the girl. I was stuck up with the running towards the wrong bus and peanut guy.How true.What must his living be? Not great..he must be knowing about everyone who are his regular visitors..The smoker had nothing to loose.He is already poor, so he lives like a king breathing in that smoke.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ lavanya…

    The girl thing is just for fun.. i guess.. πŸ™‚

    Great comment!!