On the few occasions that I travelled by bus, to visit my daughter when she was studying at NIT Trichy, I always preferred the night bus, non-AC – I would sleep through the journey.
Whenever I travel now I always have a book or my laptop to keep me company. I prefer 'my space' and do not like an intrusion on my privacy. I make polite conversation, but do not like being asked personal questions, and nor do I like asking them.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak" - Michael Garrett Marino
Caution: Explosive. Handle with care.
But I never travel alone for entertainment. I prefer travelling with my family members in a private vehicle. Stop wherever you want and enjoy the nature. We will plan the trip in such a way that all the places on the way are also covered.
Then during late eighties and nineties it was just reading, exchanging newspapers and magazines and discussing matters from them and on general matters.
But now, as every one has their own personal devices like laptop, tabs and mobiles each one stays in their own exclusive zone plugging earphones (actually sealing their ears!) so that no one will go and talk to them. I am comfortable with a book or simply look through the windows and enjoy the scenes outside. If it is a journey with family , then we make comfortable among ourselves.
In the present days, reading all the negative news spread in the media, an environment of suspicion and fear has caught us and we do not feel free to open up to strangers during journey.
In the earlier days, train journey was enjoyable. One of my senior happened to fall in love with a co passenger during a train journey from Madras to Bombay, and finally married her. It is not possible in the present days.
It is better to be with a laptop or book during a journey which will take us to the destination safely. Always prefer night journey and travel by sleeping.
No life without Sun
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
Don't come to a conclusion that reserved compartments are safe. There could be criminals who plan their action as a good reserved passenger with dummy name and false ID. Never trust a stranger. Don't go to deep sleep during train or bus journey. Always be alert, even while you sleep.
No life without Sun
The reason for first choice is based on my habit of reading books since my childhood and don't take it as boasting if I say that I am able to read even the most difficult and incomprehensible type of books also though it is entirely a different matter how much of that I am able to absorb or understand. Practically a bookworm, if you pardon me for my language.
The reason for other option is still more tempting as I believe that you can gain a lot of information if you get a good co passenger. Today there are dangers also looming as there are cheaters and thugs roaming here and there and trapping the gullible travelers in their net, still you can differentiate between the bad and good after an exchange of initial information. If you sense some black in the bottom do not reveal your true identity and phone number. I have traveled widely in India and came into contact with so many passengers and people and learned and gained lot of informations from them which otherwise difficult to get from the books. The local customs, problems of people, their hobbies and pass times, their outlook and perception for political events and many other myriad subjects are covered during the journey time and make us richer and richer in our perspectives and perceptions.
If I do not get a good co passenger I go back to my books.
Knowledge is power.