Double Hai! Double Hai!

By: Aayaz Ahmed Laghari

In our routine life we often overlook many common things but those common things are really special for some common people and their lives. Local transport is one of such things; we see public transport vehicles running on the roads, to drop people at their nearby destinations.

It is special for drivers and owners as well as the cleaners of  public transport. It sometime looks dented but still drivers do dusting and mop the mirrors of their vehicles pleasantly.

In the city of Hyderabad, some busses, suzukies and small taxies run locally on certain routes of the city. Middle class and lower class working men and women, students and labours are the passengers of these local public transports.

I have experienced lot of times in the local transport. You can find varied nature of people in the cage of Suzuki or can observe the lives of different people on seats of the buses.

 Sometimes local transport presents glimpses of a talk show of any television because passengers discuss on various topics concerned with society or the politics.

Drivers or owners of the local transports have emotional bond with their vehicles. "It is not only vehicle but our rozee (livelihood) and we also respect it.

 Once a boy took his feet on the dashboard of my bus, I got him out from my bus" told one of the drivers of A1 bus services in Hyderabad.

Drivers become anger on politicians who call for strikes because it affects their daily wages.

Many drivers have craze of decoration for their vehicles. Beautiful beat works which they hang inside the bus and certain signs of fortune also sometimes welcome you while entering the buses.

Non-verbal messages, painted on the vehicles, teach you many things. For example: (Agar ami ki daant se parhta tu aaj driver na hota) if I studied on saying of mother, I would not be a driver, many other sort of messages are seen too. Often poetry also reflect the feelings of drivers.

 Sometimes fare collector horrifies passengers by telling them Akhri! Akhri! (Last! Last!) Bus. They also argue on fare and make their ways in packed buses.

They usually have ghutka in their mouth; according to a driver it keeps their mind tension free.

Child labor is crime but you can easily find many children hanging on the edge of suzukies and collect fare dangerously, with abusive language and shout for calling passengers.

 I once asked driver "why do you hire children for such job?" The answer was simple "we do not, but they come to us!" Another driver has another answer "because they need less money!”

A boy told me that he was the only son of her widowed mother so he was trying to earn some money to run their lives. It is very hurting, while hearing the arguments over fares in the innocent voices.

Buses and suzukies extremely want more passengers in one round so they break certain rules of traffic resulting, paying charges.

But we all sure that the tap of double hai double hai would never stop!.