Have you travelled by a mini bus, where human relationships are still intact?There are many mini buses that ply between smaller towns and the nearest big town, in Tamil Nadu. The first bus starts at around 4AM and the last bus is at around 11PM. It is a big fun and a great experience to travel by a mini bus.
The conductor and the driver are well known to most passengers. At least fifty per cent of them, bring in milk, eggs, fish and fresh vegetables, to be sold in the nearby towns and the biggest town, normally some ten kilometers away. The seasonal vegetables like cabbage and tomato, get sold in huge quantities through the numerous vendors.
I traveled by one such mini bus, some months ago, between Swamimalai and Kumbakonam. The former is a temple town, one of the abodes of Lord Muruga. The bigger town of Kumbakonam, around 11 kilometers away is a huge agricultural marketing center.
The mini bus is a superb example of innocent fun, jokes, and superb human relationships. People know each other and are helpful to each other. The rural environment is in tact, and they are proud about it.
Have you traveled in such a mini bus?