another exhibhition of corpses

Now there are a great deal of buses from different IT companies, that run from Electronics City to the main city. The journey is typically around 1.5 hours one way, and sometimes the road is bumpy (and that’s an understatement 😉 ).

When another IT company bus passed me and I looked at the inmates and I was quite jarred…

…that the people in these buses are typically seem to be half-dead… their faces are lifeless… either sleeping at any and every angle or grim and expresionless. This is not after a hard day’s work, but at almost any given time, even at 7 AM or 9:30 AM or at 11 AM or during the evenings as well.

I don’t know if I sound as cynical as Sham Kashyap when he said software engineers… you suck but somehow I couldn’t help recalling the exhibhition of corpses I’d seen long ago, and that I was seeing another one now.

I wondered if I was over-imagining things, but I looked at a public bus – they were relatively sitting up straight and looked lively :mrgreen: There was a stark difference. (Did make me wonder how many times I’ve been in the same category)

The main problem seems to be that a stereotype software
engineer (certainly not all) gets into such a routine, that the moment he’s (or
she’s) boarding the bus, he’s already assumed that
he’s going to be dead tired, even as he begins his day?


Recently, on an evening journey home, one of my colleagues was bent over really in an awkward position dozing off. After some hesitation, I shook him awake. I told him that though I wasn’t a medical practitioner, I only speculate that sleeping at such an awkward position, in a moving/jolting bus, for a few hours, day after day, is probably laying the red carpet for Spondylitis or some sort of injury like that. Sometimes software engineers can be quite egoistic, and I braced myself for his annoyance for being woken up, but he seemed to actually see the point (to say the least) and we had a really nice conversation for the rest of the journey! 🙂

Nobody wants to be, nor really is, a living corpse. Unfortunately, we might end up being one rather inadvertently if we’re not careful, but isn’t it so much better to be fully alive? 🙂

3 Responses to “another exhibhition of corpses”

  1. Mohan Says:

    Have personally observed the same….. but
    1. People have to be IN their seats by 8.30 and the bus pick up at many places happen by early morning 7.10 AM by which time our sleep deprived engineer just makes it to the bus ( except for brushing his teeth, a changover ) he just slomps into the bus bed and makes it to the office… The nice jostle of the bus just puts him into the good lulluby of sleep

    2. If this engineer is not asleep he would be talking nonstop into his mobile…


  2. msanjay Says:

    Well one thing is the people in buses have to wake up at the same time as well… even earlier perhaps. Well, sometimes we happen to be sleep-deprived, but the main thing is the taking for granted that we’re tired, even though we may not necessarily really be tired! 😉

    anyway, good observation Mohan… we’re proving a good quote by Douglas Adams… :mrgreen:

    If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months’ consideration and observation he abandonded this theory in favor of a new one. If they don’t keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.

  3. Mohan Says:

    ha ha ha…. thats a very very good one. mohan!

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