Monday, November 12, 2007

Night-mare on wheels

Of late, the TN Government is going all out to ensure that the buses it operates are eye-catching to the potential passenger. This has resulted in ‘DVD – audio’ and ‘DVD – video’ long distance buses. I implore the Government to prefix ‘Board at your own peril’ signs to them. For traveling by these buses is nothing short of a exhausting and patience-sapping experience.

It is one thing to go to a cinema hall and see movies like ‘Paruthiveeran’, ‘Aaru’ and ‘7G Rainbow colony’ and a totally another thing to be forced into seeing these movies whilst traveling. It is not that I blame the filmmakers but the work of the censor board becomes pointless. The whole journey loses its charm if loud music and crass uncensored in-your-face dialogues blare at the passenger.

Imagine sitting in a bus while Priyamani pleads with men who attempt to rape her. The opinion of the passenger is rarely solicited and the volume level is always at the maximum much to everybody’s annoyance. One can’t even hear what the person sitting next to you is trying to say!!

To top it all, the cheap songs have subtitles as if to aid people poor at understanding Tamil. One sequence read ‘If I give you big fish, you ask for exotic fish’…

Please, stop this harassment!!!

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