Rithala to DCE in 5 Rupees!!

At the behest of one of my college friends, i have decided to share some of the best and the worst experiences of my college life. As a writer sometimes it becomes difficult to come up with interesting topics. Hence i thought it would be a nice opportunity to write about some unforgettable incidents that i have missed out somehow.

Talking of my college life, i can never forget the metro feeder buses or RTVs that used to(probably still) ply between Rithala metro station and DCE. During the first two years, most of us traveled mainly by RTVs as they were the most convenient(... not really!!) and economical means of conveyance to reach college. Later on, shared autos and gramin sewas became popular. At the moment, i can recall some really funny scenes like:

Scene 1
I get down the metro station stairs to find a stuffed RTV waiting for some more passengers!! I stand outside to wait for a vacant RTV. The conductor comes to me and asks in his typical tone "Madamji kahan jaaoge". "College", i say. "Arey aao madam , bohot jagah hai" , he says this despite the fact that people are literally overflowing(almost hanging :D) from the RTV!! "Bhaiyya sir pe bitha k le jaaoge kya!!", i reply back in an angry tone and continue to wait for the next RTV.

Scene 2
This time i find an RTV with seats full but enough space to stand comfortably. So, i get in and wait for the RTV to move. In the meantime, people keep getting in. Ten minutes later, i am still standing, the RTV hasn't moved, i am surrounded by uncountable people, almost suffocated, there's hardly any space to even move, still the conductor continues to attract more passengers and strangely people keep getting into an already stuffed RTV!! When i get down at my college, i am all messed up. I realize i just took a ride in an overstuffed RTV in 40 degrees temperature!! Phew!!

Scene 3
Now, i find two RTVs standing, a metro feeder and a green coloured DTC. On seeing a flurry of "potential" passengers, both the conductors come forward to get more passengers into their respective RTVs. I am just about to enter the metro feeder when i realize the DTC is more vacant. As i start moving towards the DTC, the metro feeder conductor comes to me and says "Madamji bohot jagah hai, yahan aaiye, aapko seat dilwata hu". On the other hand, the DTCconductor requests, almost pleads to me to get into his RTV!! Completely frustrated by both, i decide to take an auto.

These are some peculiar "RTV attributes". Howsoever crowded it might be, the conductor always sees "ample space" to accommodate more and more and more people!! The drivers have this strange habit of keeping the vehicle in 1rst gear and moving it by inches for nothing less than 15-20 minutes. In this way, they give a false impression to the people outside that the RTV is about to leave whereas those who are already in keep sulking. They usually play a series of unheard songs that belong to either of the two categories. They are either loud and typical punjabi/haryanavi folk songs or hopelessly sad separation/betrayal (judaai and dhokha would sound better.. :D :D) songs. Moreover, there is a lot of hidden talent in the drivers and conductors who keep people entertained with their singing skills!! I very well remember a conductor who had memorized the lyrics of a particular hindi song by heart and sang each and every word to an "irritating perfection"!! In four years, the RTV fare has doubled from 5 to 10. However, the attributes remain unchanged!!


  1. ahh... Rithala RTVs, no matter how much we crib about them now... fact is we still miss them..!!
    I guess I shouldn't visit your blog... it makes me nostalgic... :(

  2. not a very good reason for "not visiting my blog" !!!

  3. hahaha..they sound so much similar to the share autos that ply around the Hitech city in Hyd..:-)

  4. I think it's the same scenario everywhere... but category of songs(if they are played) might be different in hyderabad... :D