12:30 pm, 11-Feb-2019, Sambhalkhi, Mohri, Ambala, Haryana, India:
I boarded the Volvo bus from Bay No. 21 of ISBT Kashmere Gate, which is on the ground floor of the building complex. As soon as my luggage was put into the cargo hold, I got inside, sat down on my window seat, adjusted the back and the leg rests, and crashed out within 10 minutes of the bus starting the journey.
I had tried to sleep during the Pune Delhi flight earlier in the morning and I had to stretch as much I could in the cramped seat to straighten my back and legs. The Volvo seat didn’t put me through such pains and I only woke up once in between, when the sound of my own snoring shook me out of my slumber.
The bus has stopped for lunch and my plans have already been changed. Abhishek is on his way to Chandigarh with his parents and I’ll join them in Zirakpur, heading back to Shimla with them in the car once their work is done.
There is no point comparing the car with the bus, but when I think of it, I’ve heard a lot of stories of people getting motion sickness in the Volvo buses as they zip through the mountains. And since the windows don’t open, the necessary needful has to be done in sickness bags. I’m kinda glad I don’t have to endure this part of the journey in the bus. In fact, I have covered the best stretch of the Delhi Chandigarh Highway in the best possible public transport medium.
So here’s heading to yet another different mode of getting back to “home”.