I have no idea.
And with that answer to my own question, this could, potentially, just be the shortest blog post ever.
Flippancy aside, let me tell you what I’m doing here.
Despite having known India for over 3 decades…
Despite being married to an Indian…
Despite living here…
There is still WAY too much about India that I neither understand nor “get”.
And it suddenly struck me that I have a prime resource, right here at my finger tips.
You, the reader.
Especially all of you who live in India.
You’ll definitely be able to answer my questions way better than Mr. Google could.
So, from now on, dear reader, expect the odd, random, unfathomable question about India.
Like, for example, why in a city like Delhi, the nation’s capital, the damned buses don’t stop for passengers.
They never pull in close to the stop, preferring to slow down in the middle of the road, engines revving, and people have to run and sprint to get onto a moving bus.
WHAT is the collective problem with the city’s bus drivers?
Are they paid by how quickly they drive and how many journeys they make?
And why don’t the cops and the traffic cops ever do anything about it?
I drive in Delhi – no, I don’t use the buses, though I definitely would were they safe and clean, the way they are in much of the world – so, back to what I was saying, I drive in Delhi, and there are truly terrifying moments, when people sprint into the traffic to try and get on a bus that is cruising insolently past the bus stop.
There is one scary section I drive past several times a week, after my running group sessions, just near the Hyatt. The damn buses just about manage to slow down a little in the middle of crazy traffic, much of it thundering down a flyover, and people dart into the traffic, running alongside so they can jump aboard.
My heart stops every time.
And I always have the same thought…
WHY DON’T COMMUTERS PROTEST?
What about elderly people, and pregnant women, and women with babies, and people with shopping?
It all seems to be part and parcel part of the disdain with which non-car-owners are treated in this city.
Pedestrians get super short shrift here.
And before you say anything, yes, for much of the time I’m a pedestrian here.
I am a runner, and I regularly pound the city’s pavements, dodging traffic, fearing for my life at every red light and zebra crossing, knowing for how little they count.
Anyway, folks, back to my original question.
Why do DELHI buses never stop at bus stops?
I’d welcome your thoughts.