Had to attend my Grandma’s birthday party last evening and since my bike was giving problems I decided to use public transport to get back home from work.
Left my workplace a little after 3.30pm and hitched a ride with a colleague heading towards Thane. His plans changed and I had to get off at Rabale and find a bus or auto heading towards Airoli.
For those who aren’t aware, the transport in Navi Mumbai SUCKS!
After a good deal of waiting I a 513 arrived and I jumped in as it heads towards Mulund.
Instead of getting off at Airoli, which I am familiar with I went upto Mulund (E). My first mistake.
Climbed over the correct bridge at Mulund to get to the West and started off in the wrong direction. Asked a traffic cop who pointed me towards the bus stops. Reached there, searched and asked and found the correct stop.
Got into a 398 and asked the conductor for Chakala and he told me it goes only to Marol and asked me to get off. Second mistake!
Got off at the next stop only to be caught by the ticket collector (TC). Argued a great deal with the TC in Hindi. But I was getting late and will admit that for the TC, I was in the wrong. I finally payed off the small fine (The image to the right).
For those who don’t understand Marathi, it says that I had to pay a fine for travelling ticketless.
I still maintain that it the conductor is largely to blame. And I am pissed off not being clear before boarding the bus and also for getting off, because incidently the 398 did go to where I wanted to! X(
Got the TC to tell me the correct bus no. and bus-stop and I finally found the one. It was already past 5.30pm.
The bus journey took me more than an hour and I reached home a little before seven.
Got ready in a hurry and left for the party, strongly vowing to not travel by public transport again, unless I have no option!
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