Ever imagine that you are in the short journey to your office (do you really need to imagine that?), what could you possibly think to utilize your time? (Any ideas?) Well, I will tell you mine! Like everyday’s regular and updated routine, I leave my residence (Bhaktapur) for my office (Dillibazar) at my regular 8 O’clock time. The bus approximately takes 1.30-2 hours to reach my designation but if you get to be in the old Mercedes Bus then the clock can go even farther. The bus was the most crowded back in time when there was no fuel crisis. The situation is even worse nowadays. You can call me extremely lucky or by any synonyms, because I manage to find a seat in very crowded buses every day. Passengers from different age groups travel in the same bus, but it surprises me when they start conversations. The most common topic you find in their conversation is “politics”. I feel shocked as well sometimes when small teenagers start talking about politics but, somewhere down in my heart, it says why not expect that when the whole country is suffering.
My God! And you should hear them talking. They are no less like experts. Everyone suggests the work that the government needs to do. The anger rises and the frustrated passengers on the buses ultimately blaming the government for the work it has not done. Sometimes, I feel proud looking at the patience of the Nepalese people. Even though there is no cooking gas, petrol, proper wood available and no timely electricity; they are adjusting themselves to life. Staying in queues for days to get petroleum products or buying them in the black market by paying thrice the original price, they have done all.
While journeying, the hypothetical suggestion given by the people gets accumulated. If the suggestion applies to our current working system, there is no way the graph of economic growth will go up. It just needs people’s awareness in order to solve the issue with proper implementation.
Politics is the hottest and happening topic among Nepalese nowadays. Not only in buses, but all the tea stalls, hotels or any other places I go to are filled with such talk. Looking at the current situation, the problems have become bigger and complicated. Despite the efforts being made by the government, the blockades and crisis have not been resolved yet.
Let’s just hope and keep our fingers crossed that the situation gets resolved and all the things go back to normal.