When You Spend 24 Hours On A Bus In India

… you might start to go a little bit crazy.

This may be happening due to a multitude of factors: maybe it’s the lack of space availability, maybe it’s the minimal bathroom breaks, perhaps it’s the fact that the bus horn is actually a jingle (and it keeps going off every thirty seconds because, after all, these are India roads). 

You’re sitting in the very back of the bus; while you were initially worried that being there would give you motion sickness, it doesn’t bother you at all.

It is extremely noisy, in all senses of the word. An obnoxious movie is playing on the large television screen at the front, which means that every speaker is carrying the obnoxious audio at full blast. No one seems to be actually watching said obnoxious movie, but it plays on nevertheless.

It is around four o’clock in the afternoon. The bus has been on the move since noon, and there have been two stops at different temples so far. Beautiful places, amazing experiences… but incredibly, incredibly tiring. And there’s still a long way to go.

So you decide to take a nap. Headphones on, music volume up, and ah, escape from the obnoxious movie and irritating bus-horn-jingle has been achieved. Light is streaming in from the sunroof in the top of the bus, bathing the back seats in the sun’s glow. Everything is just the right temperature as you drift off to sleep…

Only to be awakened by being thrown about two feet into the air. The bus had hit a bump in the road, and being in the back means maximum effect.

Oh, well. Once again, these are India roads we’re talking about.


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