Posted by: travelrat | June 6, 2019

The Crew


Delhi: 29th September 2018

As we come to the end of our tour, and we board the coach for the last time bound for the airport, it’s time to say ‘thank you’ to our driver and his assistant. We mainly saw the backs of their heads, and neither spoke much English, but they always had a smile and a namaste for us each time we boarded the coach.

What surprised me was how calmly the driver navigated through India’s manic traffic, and emerged unruffled, without as much as a scratch on the bodywork.

In this, he’s helped by his assistant, who guides him through tight situations. His other duties seem to be handing out bottles of water and hand-wipes; older books refer to this gentleman as the ‘cleaner’. Maybe that’s part of his job description, too? In fact, I wonder if this is an essential stage to becoming a fully-fledged bus driver?

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