A Journey by Bus
Nowadays the bus has become an important means of transport in our country. In big towns and cities, the bus is an inseparable part of life. Apart from the short runs, long-distance journeys can also be made by bus all over the country. Last week I made a long-distance journey by bus, The starting :
I had to go to Dhaka from Mymensingh. I went to the bus terminal at Mashkanda and got one bus ready for the start. The conductor in his characteristic style of shouting like ‘Dhaka, Dhaka, only two and a half hours’ journey, direct service was inviting the passengers to get on board. I entered into it and he pressed me into a crowded berth in the middle. Within five minutes many people thronged inside and no room was left out even to move our hands and feet. The passengers constituted a ‘motley crowd of the cross-section of people.
Description of the journey :
The bus started slowly at 11.00 a.m. and gradually increased its speed. Sometimes it ran on at a speed of 40 to 50 kilometers per hour. It ran on leaving behind the shops, the buildings, the houses, the schools and colleges, the cluster of villages and vast corn-fields, the forests and marketplace on either side of the highway. The sights and scenes of nature were very delightful. The passers-by and the people who were seen busy pursuing their daily avocations of life moved me with a kind of strange delight. In the course of the journey, the bus stopped at Trishal, Bhaluka, Mauna, Rajendrapur, Joydevpur, Tongi, Uttara, and at some other minor stoppages where the passengers got down and got on board. The bus arrived at Mahakali Terminal in about 300 hours. It was 2:00 p.m. when we came to the end of our journey.
A journey by bus is not, after all, a bad journey. As far as I am concerned, it is enjoyable for me. But a journey by bus can be made more pleasant and attractive if the Bus Owners’ Association pays a little attention to the comfort of the passengers and if the general condition of the B.R.T.C. buses is improved.
A Journey by Bus