Friday, August 29, 2008

Bar-Stool Bus-Stop

Alliteration is so much a part of life in Chennai, so I couldn't help but doing it when I saw this strip of concrete with the mushroom like contraptions on them. It is evident that it is a waiting area of some kind; but my experience of Chennai has led me to believe that folks waiting for a bus to arrive would have some kind of shelter overhead. And then I remembered all those bus-stops in the 'mofusil' areas; they are bus stops because a couple of generations have grown up putting their hand out for the bus to stop there. There are no concrete structures, no signs, nothing. Just a convenient tamarind tree by the side of the road to protect the waiting passengers from the skies above.

Santoshapuram, where I saw this, is most likely halfway house; it would like to think of itself as part of Chennai city, but hasn't yet been able to solve for all the amenties that are needed. Maybe they thought it is more important for people to take the weight off their feet - no guarantee of seats in the bus - than it is to shelter them. The budget for the bus-stop has therefore been used to provide these bar-stool like seating. Of course, people being optimists feel that it is more important to escape the sun than to rest their feet - the next bus will have enough seating, you see. And so, they find a nearby tree, wait in the shade, the bus stops there and these typewriter keyboard-like seats continue to dare you to come, sit down and feel the warmth of the sun.

Whatever it may be, there seems to be someone who is determined to make a splash of colour at this bus-stop; that orange ribbon may be eye-catching, but it certainly won't make me wish to take shelter under it!


6 comments:

Hilda said...

Honestly, sometimes I feel that those who plan bus stops and other facilities needed for public transport systems don't even try commuting at all because they all have chauffeur-driven cars.

Ravindran said...

These bar stools save lot of space. If they put a proper shelter that will serve the purpose.Somebody can sponsor a shade here.

Sometimes I don't, sometimes I do said...

>> Hilda>> Well said, Hilda and I'm sure you've hit the nail on the head.

>> Ravindran>> The surprising thing is we've not been able to standardize on a design; that's why so much of creative thinking!

sreesnake said...

When I was at kullanchavadi as a Vet, I tried burying the porcelain insulators (shaped roughly like dumbbells) from Neyveli for tethering the cows. The dispensary ground sprouted numerous porcelain mushrooms then!!

Sometimes I don't, sometimes I do said...

>> Sree>> I hope they kept the cows in place!

moochhi said...

hey, this is a good photo