We were being driven from Jaisalmer to a tented camp in Osian, an oasis in the Thar desert, when we passed this bus. This was typical of bus transport with an apparently 'Tardis-like' capacity for passengers. Nearly all the buses and trucks that we saw were made by Tata, India's largest car company established in 1945. It leads in commercial vehicle production and its headquarters is in Mumbai. I have not travelled by bus in India but have by train. I was amused by this scene and how everyone waited their turn to get on - I did wonder whether there was a legal capacity limit on these buses!
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lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-15 10:54
This is typical India. This is very common among the villagers when they travel from their villages to cities. Nice capture.
vasilpro (40933) 2011-03-15 14:50
Wonderful daily life composition, interesting scene, excellent POV, TFS!
Warm regards, Vasilis.
tyro (20692) 2011-03-15 15:26
Yes, gone are the days when the British motor industry more or less dominated India and every car was an "Ambassador", a Morris Oxford built locally. Tata is now a massive concern owning, amongst others, Jaguar and Land Rover.
I think there probably is a load capacity on these 'buses but I presume any regulations are flouted by the locals and the 'bus companies. Clearly India is not as obsessed about Health & Safety as we seem to have become!
I like this picture for it portrays daily life: it is colourful, well composed and beautifully sharp and clear. I also like the attitude of these people - no pushing or shoving, just an orderly, happy queue of people awaiting their turn.
Graal (97777) 2011-03-16 1:12
unusual scene, good shot and caught moment. An interesting reportage about the daily life. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
Nicou (123144) 2011-03-16 1:50
Vraiment impressionant ce chargemetn de personne fantastique scčne de la vie de ce pays, on se demand ou vont aller ceux qui montent dans le bus, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31427) 2011-03-16 2:24
Hello Ann - I like this daily life scene - I've never been to India but living in Africa can relate to the "crush" on public transport. I think this shot shows the patience of the community - the concept of the "invation of one's space" does not exhist! TFS and best wishes Rosemary
ktanska (24900) 2011-03-16 6:43
Such pictures always male me wonder what urge makes them to risk their lives...
Yes, queue and order adds another dimension to this.
Well done document shot, though you had no luck with light.
I'll add this to my theme of buses.
Waylim (25360) 2011-03-16 17:16
A wonderful shot of daily life and transportation in that part of the world, the sharpness is a soft, but did not take away the quality of this image that depict way of life. I too used to be on of them on the roof of a small bus. The last time I ride in one of this bus, we had flat tire 3 times before we got to my destination.
williewhistler (14607) 2011-03-17 4:07
Hello Ann,I have seen newsreels of Indian trains overflowing with bodies,but until now not a bus!
I like the way that there appears to be people boarding at the front and alighting at the back.A light hearted moment in a busy world,I`m glad not to be at the end of the queue.
saxo042 (37578) 2011-03-17 5:56
A very funny picture! The man to the left seems to have given up any hope of buying a ticket for this ride, but the long queue on the other side of the bus are still waiting to be denied. Or maybe there will be som room somewhere. The persons here still look like they believe there might be some possibilities... But at least they provide some nice eye-catching colours!
Budapestman (82620) 2011-03-17 14:42
an expressive photo with spectacular composition and superb details, a suggestive shot, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
Nard (6972) 2011-03-18 11:08
Typical picture of India, I like this kind of shot because it is really the life. We can wonder if there will be enough of room for every body but I'm confident, all of them will fond a place... Well done
mauro61 (52623) 2011-03-19 23:59
una scena che capita di osservare quasi con stupore per il sovraffollamento del bus che trasporta questa gente.
Ottimo il momento colto e ottima resa del'immagine,
patdeph (35748) 2011-03-20 10:44
I think this is always funny for us to see such scenes in India.But this is not a problem for them,everybody will find a place.
siudzi (33925) 2011-03-21 5:55
This is really interesting scene! Amazing how they can move from one place to another :-)
Great shot! Congrats!
kiasari (62) 2011-03-22 2:50
wow! It's unbelievable! It seems that the bus is not safe at all. Good documentary shot. TFS.
Bournazel (0) 2011-03-22 6:42
hello ann (and obviously dear colleague ..!)
a nice and funny shot. The typical one wich you can only seen during a distant journey for us ..!
jadesgran (5357) 2011-03-24 2:00
What a great photo!Not many health and safety officers around.Well seen T.F.S.
macjake (57074) 2011-03-27 12:06
I have friends who live in canada, who grew up in India, and yes, this is certainly a daily scene in most areas of the country.
its no wonder we hear about people dying in overcrowded trains and buses in india.
great cultural and daily life scene.
samson (1355) 2011-04-17 0:48
I think India makes the strongest bus in the world. At least the bus with the strongest axle and the strongest roof. Do they have seat belts on the roof too?
Amazing daily life shot.
clic (15130) 2011-06-07 5:33
Hello Ann and thanks for your visit.
Maybe the bus was late and those guys have no time to loose! Or did they got an half-price rebate for sitting on top!
Anyway, it's an interesting report "ŕ la National Geographic" about exotic ways that you caught with thrill and I share your excitement
See you soon!
batalay (35723) 2011-09-12 23:11
I have been eternally fascinated by buses and trains packed inside and outside. Clearly, the bus driver and the authorities have to allow passengers to climb to the top (no release letter needed), but do they actually charge a fee, and are there rails to hold on to? I shudder to think of the accidents, and the reports of accidents in the media, "250 Killed when a bus rolled over a cliff..."
Incidentally, as I find time, I write blogs for the National Geographic. If you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard of 9/11, I would love to have you share a comment at News Watch National Geographic.
adidas5nb (5399) 2013-05-24 5:29
hahah....really an interesting pic and caption.nicely seen.great capture showing people inside the bus, on the bus,waiting to board the bus and just got down the bus.lovely.
Indrasish (2871) 2013-07-15 9:40
great shot here.. You took this image maintaining a good composition.. Nicely framed and superb image quality too.. Very well done.. Wonderful daily life shot..
Good night and wish you all the best..
- Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) (19917)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-12-05
- Categories: Transportation
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Buses [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-15 10:35