Public Transport

  • gendercommutegap Gender Commute Gap: How Distance Gets in the Way of Women’s Ambitions

    When I signed on for a new professional opportunity, I knew I could handle the demands of the job. But how would I handle the late-night commute, taking rickshaws through deserted streets at odd hours? I am not alone: 3 in 5 Indian women limit their opportunities to only a kilometre from home.

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  • Why Do Women Need Free Metro Rides? Aren’t Ladies Nights Not Enough?

    Dear men, we know how much it hurts when women get undue benefits. And why do they even need it? Free rides are a violation of men’s rights. They are nothing but a conspiracy by Arvind Kejriwal to clamp down on every man’s right to make women feel unsafe in public spaces.

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  • WindowSeat How Smartphones Killed the Art of Sitting at the Window Seat and Doing Nothing

    Technology is a giant slayer of many things wonderful and one of them is the joy of sitting at the window seat. Where do we have the time to simply sit and stare amid the constant notifications and the lure of Netflix on your phone?

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  • bestbus What Riding On the BEST Bus in An Age of Uber Taught Me

    The longest strike in BEST’s history means my commute to work has taken place in a comfy air-conditioned cab, which shows up on demand. I hate it. Others may have switched to cabs like a kid takes to fries, but I remain stubbornly loyal to the big red bus.

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  • bestbuses Arré Checklist: What I’ll Miss About BEST, the Mumbaikar’s Ferrari

    With privatisation, BEST buses are due to undergo a Pimp My Ride-style facelift. A swank new fleet will be introduced this month. But without the badass drivers and rude conductors, riding a bus will be like having a vada-pao without garlic chutney.

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  • delhibuses “Staff Hai!” The Fast and the Furious: Dilli Se Hoon Behn**** Edition

    The introduction of private buses in Delhi in the early ’90s introduced a new phrase in our lexicon – “staff hai”. This elegant form of goondagiri ensured that you didn’t buy a ticket for a ride. To my eternal shame and regret, the kids in my school could never pull it off – until a gutsy senior took matters into his own hands.

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  • Air India: The BEST Buses of the Sky

    The new FDI norms might spell the end of Air India as we know it. For nostalgia’s sake, we hope it takes a page out of BEST’s book. Mumbai’s bus service has been on the brink of privatisation for a few years, but has tenaciously hung on.

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