we started with regular bench seat Kadamba bus, then semi luxury where the seat would recline just a tad — then the luxury where the seats would go way back. very few trips by train as we had to run across to the other line at Miraj — train trips meant DudhSagar and Kesarlok; folks would throw a few coins and make a wish. Bags of every size and shape to goa and return trip with huge amounts of fruits and goodies — board the bus at Dhobi Talao — Panvel the point where night fell and day broke on way back. Never really knew any other stop except Khed, courtesy hotel Poonam Deluxe.
The men would pull out nips, have a quick one and settle down. Songs would play — I remember listening to “Sanaam Teri Kasam” — the song Nisha still means a bus ride under the stars as we navigated the winding ghats.
morning tea break somewhere at Patradevi. And then Shiroda. And a fun 60 days or so. Fishing, football, late night movies, early morning mango raids, afternoon swim… two days into the vacation and one forgot what day of the week it was..