I go to my parents place every weekend. It is around 145-150kms (~90-91 miles) from where I work.
In my travels, I've come across many people and have experienced lots of different things. I thought of sharing some of my experiences with others and therefore I am starting this thread. I hope you like reading it.
It was Monday. I took my usual 6:45 a.m. bus from Mumbai to Pune. I hadn’t reserved a seat; I had to almost fight to get into the bus and fortunately, got the last seat. I found a weird guy sitting next to me, smelling of alcohol and gutkha. The mere thought of sitting next to him was appalling. He was mumbling something, perhaps, talking to himself. A few minutes later, he asked the bus conductor whether the bus will go to Pune station and whether it will take the bypass. The conductor replied in the negative.
I tried to leverage upon this piece of information. I started conversing with him and slipped him the fact that there are buses for Pune station every half an hour that take the bypass route, so he could wait for another 15 minutes and get a direct bus to his destination. He bought the idea and left. That brought a smile on my face. The bus started and relieved me of the doubt and the thought that the guy could return.
I gave out a sigh and tried to breathe the cool winter air in but the odor was still there. As it turned out, the guy, next to the guy who left, was also drunk!
The Journey from Mumbai to Pune usually takes three and a half hours(when the traffic is light).
Highly addictive and a known carcinogen, gutkha is currently the subject of much controversy in India. Many states have sought to curb its immense popularity by taxing sales of gutkha heavily or by banning it outright.
Excessive gutkha use can eventually lead to loss of appetite, promote unusual sleep patterns, loss of concentration etc along with other tobacco related problems.