The Busrider’s Guide to Breaking Even

The day was 2454713.50000.

Just in case you passed a CAPTCHA and happen to be more human than computer, you may find it easier to comprehend if I called it Thursday, the 4th of September: Exactly seven days before the seventh anniversary of 9/11.

For those of you who believe in numerology, this is a clear reference to the dual tragedies of 9/11 and 7/7. For those of you who delete all forwarded mails before reading them, ignore the above line.

We had bunked our classes to set out for a quiz, a quiz we reckoned would pass like any other.

After a long chain of riding cycles, parking cycles, boarding buses, chasing buses, bargaining with auto rickshaw drivers, and relying entirely on Amith’s improvised Tamil (which sounded very much like, “ok.. um.. irreke..huh?”), we finally reached our destination.

But once our voyage had concluded,  the true test began: the quiz started off routinely, with us qualifying and scoring decently. It ended routinely, with us cupping and finishing in a lowly third position, our net prize money having been greatly decreased.

However, the real tragedy struck only on the way back: halfway through the ride a policeman entered our bus, demanding our tickets. But it turned out that one of us had used them as a missile against an agitator ( I wouldn’t want to name the culprits, so let’s just call them”Raushik Keddy” and “Sinayak Vapru” :P).

A bunch of traffic policemen then formed a semi circle around us, having trapped the fish in their net. We were told very quickly that the offence we had commited was quite grave and carries a fine of Rs. 500 per person. But, since policemen are such friendly creatures, they said, “Hey, you are good people, we are good people. We’ll reduce it to 300 each: special offer, one time only.”

Ultimately, here is our final account:

Net prize money: Rs. 1000.

Bus ticket money: Rs. 54.

Lunch Money: Rs. 70.

Fine paid: Rs. 900.

Net losses: Rs. 24

or, Rs. 8 per person.

As can be inferred from the numbers, our tragedy ended on a tragic note.

But hey, I now am the proud owner of a 300 rupee bus ticket (see pic).

By the way, I urge my fellow criminals (Amith and Kaushik) to make wordpress ID’s so as to add their versions of the story.


6 Responses to “The Busrider’s Guide to Breaking Even”

  1. I Am The Walrus Says:

    *Help!* Ticket(less) to ride !!!,Or *A Day In The Life* of a Twenty *Something*

    *Riding On A Bus* with no *Ticket To Ride*
    *With A Little Help From My Friends*
    *I Should Have Known Better Than*
    To Trust Thee

    *Hey Dude*
    *That’s All Right*
    *Smile Away*
    Let’s Put It This Way

    It Was To Be,*Let It Be*,*Let It Be*
    3 cheers for us Quizzers Three 🙂

  2. Harsh Says:

    Great ……….. U got a 300 rupee ticket’s owner @ 8 Rs.

  3. adhokshbaj Says:

    Couldn’t you say, that you just boarded the bus or you lost your ticket? I bet the conductor would have remembered!!!

  4. Vinayak Sapru Says:

    well the conductor remembered quite clearly. he even said bye as we were getting off the bus.

    i conclude that no amount of arguing can convince chennai traffic police junta.

  5. Vinayak Sapru Says:


    Crank the volume
    Ears are bleeding!
    But I don’t know
    What you’re singing!


    Yes. It works out to a net discount of 97.33%. Pretty sweet deal, huh?

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