The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed my mother, and in the interview, she talked about how she used to take the public bus by herself to elementary school. I thought it would be an interesting topic to talk about because it shows us that life can be very different back in the day.

It was early in the morning. My mother awakened to the sound of crows chirping. She knew that today was going to be a challenge. Today was not any ordinary day, she was about to take up a responsibility that most eight-year old's today would not even think about. She was about to take public transportation by herself for the first time to elementary school. she showered and got into her school uniform. She then braided her hair and got ready for breakfast. Back then it was normal for kids to take public transportation to school, so my grandparents did not really make a big deal about. They just treated that day like any other day. Once my mom finished her breakfast, she was ready to leave for school.

“Mama, Papa, I’m leaving now.” My mom said nervously.

“Bye sweetie stay safe.” My grandparents replied.

She nervously walked out of the house and locked the gates. She was praying that everything would be aright because she knew the dangers of traveling alone in India, especially as a young girl. As she walked down the street both my grandparents came to the balcony to watch her walk down. When she reached the end of the street, she saw both her parents waving goodbye. This put a smile on my mother’s face because it showed her that she wasn’t alone and that she had parents that cared about her deeply. 

Being all alone made her realize how noisy the streets were. There was constant honking, dozens of vendors on the sidewalks, and cattle crossing the streets. this kind of chaos would be overwhelming for the average American today but she grew up here and was used to most of it. Approaching the bus stop, she realized getting on the bus was going to be a struggle. Since a lot of people relied on public transportation, the buses were often packed. Luckily she got in relatively early because otherwise she would be forced to hang on the outside of the bus or to wait for the next one and risk being late for school. she had to stand because there were no seats but that wasn't an issue because she was going to get off soon. In the beginning, her first impressions were good. No one talked to her or gave any funny looks. However soon after a couple of young guys were giving the woman next to her a hard time. They were whistling and getting very close to this woman. Once of them took a glance at my mother. She turned away and began to panic. she wasn't sure if she would be next.

Public Transportation in India

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1975
India

I interviewed my mother, and in the interview, she talked about how she used to take the public bus by herself to elementary school. I thought it would be an interesting topic to talk about because it shows us that life can be very different back in the day.

Decade: 1970s
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Recorded by Arjun Dulipsingh on June 2, 2020
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