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:
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:
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
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
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 .