10th blog! It IS a big deal for an amateur blogger like me who blogs about applications in economics in everyday life. Thank you for all your feedback and comments so far which really helped me to move forward and I hope you stay with me throughout. Feel free to carry out discussions relating to anything, counter arguments in the comments section keeping in mind that these are just thoughts of an undergraduate. There’s nothing fancy about today’s blog though. 😛
Buses are back! Yes!! Today’s blog is about buses. Again. Because I am a daily traveler and I can’t seem to get enough out of it.
When you get on board it’s another realm inside. You meet people who mind their own business, kids who shout and vomit, cranky people, people hunting for seats, friendly people, perverts, people who fight their way for a window seat and close the shutter so that their hair don’t mess up! You name it….. and then… there are bus conductors whom play the role of “the witch”, and finally bus songs!
Many of you might have posted so many things about bus songs in Facebook but sadly I have not found a single meme relating to bus songs. For those of you who are not familiar with bus songs; they are songs played in buses which are noisy to common people like me. Sometimes even a good pair of headsets won’t work. So noisy you rarely hear the lyrics of the song, hence coined by the term takarang songs. I have questioned why these songs sustained for a long time even though people complaint about it in social media but rarely raise their voice to reduce the volume. I actually have tried this once or twice but the conductors seem to act like they own this especially in-built realm where they are given the opportunity to rule his fellow subject commuters. So moving back to the question… why have these songs sustained even though most of the people hate these songs. I’ll give you a minute to think and comment below if I have not mentioned the reasons.
- The drivers and conductors have the power over you. The moment you get on board to a bus, they can decide if they are going to stop at your halt if you live in a very dote area like me. They decide if we are going to get late for work or for lectures or exams!
- Drivers and conductors are sleepy and these songs keep them awake for some reasons.
- There are youth who like these songs which explains why even some radio channels play them especially at noon!
- Conductors hate us so much for some reason and take revenge on us by playing these songs.
Reason no.5 is interesting. There is a hidden and informal industry or could I say an economy which benefits a certain “class” of people (apologies if I offended anyone. I certainly did not mean any disrespect to anyone) even though there should be a sufficient demand to sustain “bus songs” for such a long time. The reason I called this a hidden industry is because I’m not sure if any of the people who are involved, know that they are inter-related.
In this industry, it is obvious that the demand is from the conductors and certain part of the youth of the country. On the supply-side, there are a range of suppliers who connect as a value chain. (Take a look at the following diagram)
This is like a food chain except in this case everything is interrelated even though most people are not aware of it including the ones who are engaged in the industry. So even though as annoying as it seems, this industry of bus songs has a hidden realm which nurtures the livelihood of certain categories of people not to mention the conductors assuming their energy boosts when they listen to these songs enabling them to do an excellent service to the daily commuters.
So in conclusion, there’s nothing like bus songs to ruin your day and your ear (In my words kana katha wenawa (makes my ears sound bad)) which will surely sustain for many more years to come. Not only the story of the bus songs is an entire industry in operation, but it is heavenly music for people who broke up recently. (Example; Budungen pawa illuwe mama oya (Even from Lord Buddha I asked for you), Senehase muttiyen (Pot like affection) etc.). For people like me, these songs remind me of perks of being single and wonders how miserable these lyricists are. Analyzing a bit more makes me think that they take us to another realm without us knowing, the realm of heart breaks and hears melodies that sounds like the singer is having a hard time easing himself!
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more in the world of an undergraduate who sees the world, in a different way!