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March 15, 2009

Kalasipalaya Bus Stand



The city dwellers among us overestimate the importance of time. We take pride in complaining that there are only 24 hours in a day. And envy the relaxed life of our rural friends. However, a trip to Kalasipalayam Bus Stand, the gateway to Benglur for the masses from the villages and small towns within the 200kms radius of the city, is enough to help see time in a new light. Most of the products brought into Benglure are perishable and if they do not reach us in time, we Bengloreans never complain. We simply refuse to buy it and for good reason. The fact is that villagers value time as much as we do. It's just that they don't complain as much as us city dwellers.

After a day of business in Benglur. Kalasipalayam Bus Stand is alive with people hoping to get back home before it's too late. It's packed with outgoing buses including a bus rushing out to a place called Shimsha, that had the message, "Speed up time", in English painted on the windshield. The merchants and farmers heading back are making last minute purchases and if you look around you can count at least 30 to 40 roadside stalls selling and repairing watches around the bus stand. And they are all doing brisk business. From imitation Rolex to toy watches (they work too) that cost Rs. 20 (< $ 0.50c) each. A perfect gift for the child, who is probably complaining that time moves slowly while waiting with eyes wide open for his father or mother coming back with a little gift from them from Benglur City.







3 comments:

jyothy karat said...

well written :)

flaming coppercat said...

o, i love that mouse watch! i'm mumbai, they sell amazing watches with retro designs or with a photo of aishwaria rai! and the best part is that they are water proof! and to prove it they are displayed in a tub of water :) will take a picture and post it soon!

Final_Transit said...

I had a watch like that when I was a child. It's nice that you are now writing about the pictures, they make more sense :)

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