It took an hour-long train ride to cash in on a half-an-hour long bus ride, but for Juliet Lobo, every minute of the latter journey was worth it. Lobo, who came all the way from Borivli to sample the pleasures of HT’s heritage bus ride through some of the southern parts of the city, had not been there for years.
“It had been so long, I wanted to catch up with some childhood experiences I had here,” said Lobo, 46, a lawyer.
Having had her fill trundling through parts of Nariman Point, Fort and Kala Ghoda, Lobo opted for another hour-long ride organised by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation for No TV Day that went through Colaba and Apollo Bunder.
About 2,300 people took HT’s heritage bus ride people showed up at the starting point at Jehangir Art Gallery through the day. People formed long queues, especially for the upper deck of the buses.
Some, who live and study in the area, hadn’t seen any of south Mumbai’s heritage areas took the opportunity to learn something new. “No TV Day is a great idea, and I got to see places that I live near but have actually somehow never seen,” said Masoom Parikh, 16, who did the bus ride with a group of her college friends. Planning to go for another one after their first ride ended, Prachi Mehta, one among the group said the vehicle itself was half the fun.
“I’ve never been in an open-air bus before and with the weather so nice, it’s all the more fun,” said Mehta.
Making a rallying cry for No TV Day, there were other passengers who said there should be more such occasions to go out, have fun and spend time with family. “There should also be a No Computer Day, just like No TV Day,” said Krupa Kamat, 37, a housewife.