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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Metroblogging Karachi: Female Bus Drivers

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I wish her good luck! To be honest, I am impressed. However, my fears keep raising their heads and I just hope her experience would be different than the female taxi driver in twin cities who was particularly harassed many times by Rawalpindi and Islamabad police.

metropolitan Karachi: Female Bus Drivers: "Female Bus Drivers
Odd things happen on the bus. Maybe it's the fact that you have to compose an intricate balance between letting your mind wander and yet remain involved enough in your surroundings to be able to respond to anything that comes up, from a conductor asking for the ticket price to some random oddball (yawn) staring/leering at your from his section of the bus. The truth is, the ordinary female in Pakistan gets stared at by men everywhere she goes and in any mode of transportation, so the reaction to being stared at by some random idiot is just to induce a big mental yawn."


Anyway, returning to the bus, this was the first time in a long while that I had traveled in the smaller buses, and I took a seat and studied my surroundings. Disappointingly enough, there was no bad poetry on the walls involving a tragic love affair and an ode to the sajan who has gone away forevermore. It was then that my eye strayed to the driver of this particular vehicle and I was shocked (in a good way) to discover that the driver was a woman wrapped in a chaddar.

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