It only takes one time of being hit somewhere on your body by a freshly made, pipping hot loogie sent flying from a passing bus with skilled craft to understand why I recommend avoiding close proximity with buses in India. Buses are a mainstay of Indian transportation moving millions of passengers daily; passengers who live in a society where spitting is a normal function of life. You might even classify it as The Great India Bus Spitting Habit.
Endless articles have been written about this “epidemic” which infuriates many. Oddly these same people sit around street corners or under the shade of their favorite tree in nearby parks discussing their spitting displeasure as they mightily chew away on paan, only to orally discard enormous amounts of red laced saliva produced in forceful streams onto the surrounding ground. Laws have even been enacted to prevent the widespread calamity spitting has brought upon this nation of gods. With nearly no place left to spit in public, millions of Indians are forced to take refuge aboard buses moving from village to village, and city block to city block, all in the face of freely working out the largest, most vile looking red and white colored blob ever seen.
Don’t believe me? Cop a squat alongside a busy bus stop. Take a look at the red stained sides of buses criss-crossing the roads of India. Before the hulking metal box on wheels fully ceases to lurch, you’ll hear and see a bevy of steaming liquid plunging toward the surface below. Add in the unfortunate traveler with motion sickness (or other illness) who has no place to let loose except out the open bus window.
Yes, it is a well known fact among Indians you just don’t walk near buses. This is not to say Indians purposely send spit flying in the direction of passing pedestrians. Quite the contrary. It’s simply a case of numbers. With a plethora of spitters aboard, the buses of India are like a squirt gun with Tourette syndrome. Give a wide berth to moving and parked buses, keep your eyes focused to the window height as a preventative, and never, ever walk down the length of two parallel parked buses.