Ride and pride - then and nowIn the earlier days when kings and kingdoms were existing, it was a matter of pride to ride on a horse for hunting. The one who can control the horse and could ride on it successfully was treated as a real hero. There was no other mode of transport and the common man of that day remained as a pedestrian while those who could afford or belonged to royal clan enjoyed the ride on a 'Phalki'. The generation next enjoyed their far off journey by using 'bullock-carts' and the 'jatkas'. Here also the the ride on a 'jatka' where a single horse used to pull the small cart was the choice of those rich and it was their pride to visit their relatives and friends. Scientific inventions made our rides more easier with bicycles, scooters and bikes and the cars.
In the initial days, our elders used to engage a riksha- a three wheeled cycle where the riksha puller was putting his efforts to drive it while they used to sit comfortably. The car Ambassador was a symbol of pride which became a symbol of taxi when it was replaced by the new model cars. Thus the style and mode of our ride changed with the time but the pride remained as the same. Same is the case with the journey by train and plane. Our Children will share their experience of their ride in Shatabdi Express/Rajdhani and would describe how beautiful is the earth from the window of a plane. Again it is the ride bearing capacity of the parents. The barrier between the haves and have not still continued and a happier ride is the commodity available for those who can afford it.
As such, what is the difference between 'now and then' in our ride?
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