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197711 [2019/04/03 08:47]
vievems [50th Anniversary Celebrations]
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vievems [A Variation of Calcutta to Kathmandu]
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 by Marion Lloyd by Marion Lloyd
  
-"You look like a squashed chock,"​ remarkedmy brother David as he triedto prevent jam dribbling out of his day pack dowii an unfortunate'​s neck. We were sitting on the stairs jammed in by bodies that were stacked up the stairs of an oldvintage Leylandbus which must have been bequeathed to the colony before Independence after it hadoutlivedits usefulness in London and coaxed along for another twenty years.+"You look like a squashed chock,"​ remarked my brother David as he tried to prevent jam dribbling out of his day pack down an unfortunate'​s neck. We were sitting on the stairs jammed in by bodies that were stacked up the stairs of an old vintage Leyland bus which must have been bequeathed to the colony before Independence after it had outlived its usefulness in London and coaxed along for another twenty years. 
 The bus was doing its best to heave itself through the heat and traffic along Chewringhee Road to Sealdah Station, Calcutta. Men were riding on the outside of the bus hanging on to any hand hold that coula be grabbed whether it was the bus or a body. This way it was free, anyway they were the lucky ones as the multitude inside was padked in. like sardines, collection of fares wree a farce and getting out was a dream. The bus was doing its best to heave itself through the heat and traffic along Chewringhee Road to Sealdah Station, Calcutta. Men were riding on the outside of the bus hanging on to any hand hold that coula be grabbed whether it was the bus or a body. This way it was free, anyway they were the lucky ones as the multitude inside was padked in. like sardines, collection of fares wree a farce and getting out was a dream.
 To beat the peak-horer traffic we left our pseudo. "'​hotel"​ at 3 pm to try to reach the other side of the ciy to catch the Darjeeling train at 7.30 pm. At the best of times Calcutta'​s traffic is confusion but at peak hour it is utter obace5. The traffic grinds to a halt fOr a couple of hours trying to sort itself out as the. air and. smoke pollution rises. At Sealdah.Station hundr s>6.3 of homeless and poorer passengers were lying, sleeping, eating, begging, cooking, waiting. To beat the peak-horer traffic we left our pseudo. "'​hotel"​ at 3 pm to try to reach the other side of the ciy to catch the Darjeeling train at 7.30 pm. At the best of times Calcutta'​s traffic is confusion but at peak hour it is utter obace5. The traffic grinds to a halt fOr a couple of hours trying to sort itself out as the. air and. smoke pollution rises. At Sealdah.Station hundr s>6.3 of homeless and poorer passengers were lying, sleeping, eating, begging, cooking, waiting.
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