School days - Carry heavy books in a bag. Hanging on 2 shoulders like rug sack bag. Walk till bus stop, while kicking the stones on the road. Sit in the bus(I was boarding at the starting point). The seat before the back door was preferred. 2 reasons for this. One, Learn the foot board lessons quickly. Two, help the footboarders by keeping their bags. 40 mins bus.
Pre-University days - Bag in the bicycle carrier. Style in heart. Bicycle with the friends group. Occasional impromtu races added to the thrill. 1hr of cycling with breaks at friends homes.
Graduate days - 2 to 4 books in one hand and a couple of slices of bread (breakfast) in the other. a pen in pocket. Run to the class in the morning. Walk back to hostel leisurely when the class is over. Rarely doubles in cycle. Then either you are holding 8 books or you are pedaling. 5 to 10 mins walk\run.
Early Working days - ID card in pocket. Helmet on head. Zoom. 15 mins drive to office.
Working days continued - 4+ kg bag - with laptop and some junk on the shoulders. A book in the arm. Early morning jog\walk to the bus-stop. Bak Bak when in mood. Or play cards. Or read books. 2 hours of travel.
Nostalgic Feelings -
- Nobody would ever hold my hand and pull me through.
- Miss the foot board adventures (as a friend puts it - There was a brotherhood among foot-board travelers).
- The most enjoyable travel was during PU days. Cycling in the roads of old Bangalore...How I miss it.
- Miss the gossip and breakfast on the run during graduate days.
- Miss the speed to reach office during my early working days.
- Now enjoy the chatting and playing during the travel.