God has created men and women. This conductor, with whom I had the misfortune of traveling, was a fussy one and made the life of passengers miserable, whenever, he could.
I boarded a slightly overcrowded bus. Men, women and children crowded near the conductor for tickets. He was shouting at them particularly the weaker sections where he expected no retaliation for minor things. Suddenly he stopped issuing tickets and refuse to accept the one rupee note, as it was slightly spoiled. The passenger did not have another note, nor was he willing either to travel without ticket or get down. To break the impasse, i exchanged the note. The possess of issuing the tickets restarted.
Intermittently he was almost shouting at the passengers to move forward, to stand erect, as if it was possible, to get into the bus and leave the foot board and threatened to stop the bus, making everyone quite uncomfortable.
Suddenly he noticed a passenger smoking. He almost pounced on that man and wanted him to throw his cigarette. The passenger was not the one to be easily cowed down. He argued that ‘no smoking’ applied to the front and sitting portions of the bus only and not to the rear portion. The argument continued.
The passengers waiting for tickets, some of whom was nearing their destinations, grew restless and had joined in. The altercation ended only when he passenger had enjoyed the last puff.
About the same time, the bus reached my stop. I alighted with a prayer that God may give him good sense.