Wednesday 11 July 2007

Blueline @ 10PM

Last summers around the same time, I was working for a company in Noida in the evening shifts. My shift was till 9:30PM and we had cabs to drop us home. On dat fateful day, I happened to miss my cab (ONLY on dat day, the driver decided to leave at exactly 9:45PM. Y me!!!!). And so it was 9:50 and I was standing outside my office fuming at the cab driver, transport deptt, my boss who had to schedule a meeting at 9PM, fate, god while at the same time trying to figure out how to reach back home.
I thought of asking my dad to pick me up or asking one of my collegues to drop me home (my place was at drive of only 20 min away from office so it wasnt much of an issue). And then i saw a bus goin towards my place and all sane n logicals ideas flew outta my mind. "Why bother calling dad at all? Its just 20 min. By the time he'll reach office I'll be back home. I'll take a bus only." And so before any fear or terror could stop me, I crossed the road and boarded the first bus that came my way (obviously the one going to my place). I took the first stair, looked at the driver, then looked at the crowd in the bus and 1st thing that came to my mind, "AA-OH!" Reason: There was only person who seemed sane and sober in that bus and dat was ME. And that includes the driver! It was stinking of liquor. The thought of getting off this bus and dare-devilry flew out as soon as it came coz the bus started moving ahead.
I went in the bus and took a seat next to a window. I could feel around 20 pairs of eyes on me (later on i realised that I was the only gal in the bus) but I kept a firm grip on my nerves (wasnt easy!). I was suddenly mesmerized by Noida with my gaze unblinkingly fixed out of the window. Few people were getting on the bus and were 'trying to' navigate their way in the passage for the empty seats at the end of the bus. A guy sitting next to me though dint seem drunk definitely wasnt sane. Atleast 5 times he asked me the time; not that i bothered to tell him even once. Never ever had a 20 minutes ride had been this long.
Finally I got off the bus and dashed off to home (Phew!). Fortunately I had reached home around the same time as I would have with a cab so my mom dint really doubt anything and I obviously dint tell her anything.
Till date I wonder, what was I thinking? Or was I thinking at all?

11 comments:

SPD said...

hmmm...i like such pieces about anonymous moments:)

Spectator said...

u could have gifted a watch to that guy :P

Supernova said...

Thanx spd:)
and specy, I cudnt care less!

Beena said...

Till date I wonder, what was I thinking? Or was I thinking at all?

dont wonder.. u were out of mind may be..
thoug you have written in an easy way, it was kinda scary too .. to be alone in a place of strangers at that time.

so hope u might have started thining afte that atleast :)

Supernova said...

lolz! I dint do a follow up of the act... i guess i was too tired n eager to get back home.

BaKfIrE said...

You keep a pepper spray, a safety pin and some chilli powder in your cute little wallet....the world is then safe again!!

Supernova said...

Bakfire: ya bt it dsnt work alwayz.

Adi Crazy said...

Man! I wud be scared like hell....

Supernova said...

So was I.

Rebellion said...

hehehe. hota hai hota hai ;)
You were just too eager to get back home on time, to realise how you were going about it! :P

But, must accept, brave girl you are :)

Supernova said...

wow! thanx rebellion, that feels gr8! others called me an IDIOT, bt i guess dey r just jealous;)