The Adventures of the night bus

Poster of movie Bombay to Goa glorified a bus trip.
Poster of movie Bombay to Goa glorified a bus trip.

If you have not traveled in one of those over dressed night intra-state buses then you are definitely missing something in your life. I mean you keep boasting about your bike trip to Leh, your back packing in Europe or “soul-searching” (hehe) trips to Bangkok but I never hear anyone saying that ” I took a ride in that shady “Video Coach” between Gorakhpur to Lucknow. ”

There may be 2 possible explanation for absence of popularity of these buses. Maybe cool people don’t travel on them or maybe they don’t think that endless playlist of 90’s Kumar Sanu+ Nadeem Sravan music is not swag enough. I always have fun in these trips and meet many interesting characters except for last time, when the bus conductor didn’t play any Mithun/Govinda starer movie.

So, here are the most interesting “Night Bus” characters that I have encountered over the years :

1. Traveling Salesman:

Salesman are fun people to travel with
Salesman are fun people to travel with

If you are traveling alone and looking to make some friends, don’t look beyond a travelling sales man. They are easy to spot. They have a brief-case style backpack, rotten teeth and always ringing cellphone with Ashiqui 2 song’s ringtone. They are fun because they always travel with hidden bottle of booze and chakna, and they know all the cool places on the highway because of their constant travels.

2. Bollywood Fanboy:

Ayega Ayega gaane mein ayega ayega kitni baar aata hai ?
Ayega Ayega gaane mein ayega ayega kitni baar aata hai ?

Another small town Salman Khan replica with his signature turquoise bracelet and bell-bottom pants, he is the funniest guy in the entire ride. He will lip-sync all the songs played, he will communicate in bollywood dialogues (Franndship mein no sorry, and no thank you !), and bring out irrelevant bollywood trivia out of no where ( Do you know the name of Shah Rukh Khan’s father in Baazigar ?)


3. Confused Communist

Mr &Mrs Iyer

A confused communist will slowly inquire about your background, monthly income expenditure and other details that will make you extremely uncomfortable. Then slowly he will let you know that he has lot family land and farms but he still lives his life in utter modestly. His sole aim is to shame you and make you feel sorry for yourself but you may end up laughing at the dude.

4. Student of the Year wannabe

student of the year

Couple of movies by Karan Johar has sucked life of this boy and now he is dreaming of high school or college filled with cheerleading girls and synchronized signing awesomeness.  He is about to witness the bitterness of college life. Just shut up and don’t spoil his dream.

More to come in part 2 .

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Alok Singhal says:

    Quite funny. Any characters you’ve had interesting conversations with?

    I have been on many rides from Delhi to Ambala. Some people just sleep on your shoulder and when they wake up, they see you as if you are the culprit.


    1. I indeed had several conversations with the confused communists and traveling salesmen.

      I know what you mean by the sleeping on the shoulder”” people, because I am one of them 😛

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  2. abhibishnu says:

    And then there are the Telugu potboiler movies on the bus from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. You don’t understand a word, but you relish the absurdity of it all!


    1. You tell me, I love those action movies on the bus. Thanks for your comment 🙂


      1. abhibishnu says:

        Oh yes ! Those are hilarious !


  3. that’s was a fun read Avinash! Looking forward to part 2


    1. Thank you Debajoyti . Now I have some motivation for the part 2 . Cheers


  4. Gaana -wala-song and confused communist… 😀 😛 great post…

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    1. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  5. abivastrad says:

    Didn’t strike any conversation with fellow passengers. But I, remember those movies which we are compelled to watch :)….


    1. Yeah the compulsive movie viewing remains the most daunting part of the bus ride 🙂
      Thank you for your comment


  6. BellyBytes says:

    Oh I loved this one the most out of all the genres I’ve seen of yours so far. You do have an eye for seeing the funny things in life. I’ve never travelled in an overnight video coach but I did make a bus trip on an AshtaVinayak Yatra. And that was quite something too!


    1. Thank you so much this really made by day 🙂


  7. I have come across couple of such characters myself in an only such ride i took when i was left with no options! Hilariously described Loved reading it.


    1. Thank you 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

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