Two years back, I left office at around 7-730 PM and was standing in the bus stop in pune. Usually I take a shared auto as the bus frequency is less in that route. It was pouring cats and dogs that day and I came to know that the some bridge broke and the way to my home was flooded. So no auto dared to take that route. I didnot see a single auto or a shared auto. I was waiting for more than half an hour and no bus came in that route.Power went off and it was so dark and cold.
At last a bus came, and it was jam packed. I felt if I miss that bus I will not get another one for next 30-40mins. As the bus slowed down, I literally started running to catch the bus. I heard a voice from behind, someone asked ‘does this bus go to xyz ?’ My full mind was on ‘not missing that bus’ and I didnot have time to turn back and answer that voice. I ran boarded the bus successfully. I folded my umbrella and tried to find a place to rest my feet.
The bus didnot move for sometime. Then I heard the same voice asking the driver if that bus will goto xyz stop.The bus driver said yes and the man boarded the bus. The bus started moving and only then I noticed that the man cannot see. I was feeling guilty and my mind went blank. My sleep was disturbed that night.
There is one thing I should mention here. The two years that I spent in pune I have seen so many good bus drivers.They treat people as people.
As I have told you several times, I always think myself as a super hero doing all kind of good things in my dreams.But I was totally the opposite on that day.
The guilt is still there.Now the real question in my mind is ‘If I had known that he can not see, what would I have done? “