Comments on: Taking the red bus home: a joyride in New Delhi Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ravi Rikhye Fri, 17 Oct 2008 17:00:15 +0000 In the 1970s and 1980s, I used DTU/DTC buses all the time thanks to being constantly broke all the time. I seem to recall the fares increasing from 35 paisa to a maximum of two rupees before I managed to buy a two-wheeler.

Possibly because I went insane thanks to my 20 years in India 1970-90 and have remained crazy, traveling by bus in Delhi remains one of my fondest memories to this day.

There was something about the much slower pace of life in India that the old DTC represented that invites nostalgia. No one seemed to have money, and no one seemed to be in a hurry.

The greatest joy was a long ride in a near empty bus. You felt a real sense of satisfaction ambling along along desolate stretches of road, seemingly going nowhere, with nothing to do except looking outside.

By: ONP Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:09:22 +0000 I knew it had come come from you after all those BRT travails! I like the service too, especially no sundayz its so very relaxing..but there’s no entertainment value in it..i think they shud regularly play FM on it that will keep people in swooning control..

By: Nikhil Sharma Wed, 15 Oct 2008 18:26:30 +0000 The salavation of Delhi lies not in AC buses (which is good of Banglore I am sure) but in Metro. Expand it, improve it and phase out autos and buses. Start taxing cars and double those with more than 1 in their family.

Delhi is surprisingly greener than most metros in India and is getting better. We need more underground system to speed up the process.

By: prakash Wed, 15 Oct 2008 17:23:51 +0000 I was happy to see a red aircondition bus while standing full with perspiration in hot sun.I boarded in bus and bought tickets after few minutes the fan belt of A/C was broken and I was repenting for paying double.Another similar bus came but despite of the drivers request of our bus driver of another bus did not stoped.
I almost use to see daily dat the drivers of DTC excepts even just 20 rupee from blue line ticket sellers for either slowing the bus or not to stop at petential passenger geting places.
Time keeper will not inform you the right time of the departure of the DTC buses and the moment all passengers will board in blue line and pay the ticket money you will see that some DTC of the same route will cross your blue line after dat blue line bus will become more slow to grab the passenger.
who will change the nature and charector of the people working in thease buses.
Thanx to the leaders who run their own buses directly or indirectly and appointement in DTC made on various considerations.

By: bunny punia Wed, 15 Oct 2008 12:54:31 +0000 Bus travel in India is coming off age. Bangalore was first city to get airconditioned volvo inter-city buses and now other cities have replicated the example set by Bangalore.

Good to know apni Delhi is improving. I have a dedicated blog on bus travel in india –