When I asked folks at the Shanbhag School the best way to travel to Kodkani (about 15 kms from Kumta) to see Shilpa’s parents, they recommended that I ride the School bus. On Saturdays, school ends at noon and the bus drops off students in Kodkani. Riding the bus would thus bring me in Kodkani in time for lunch. And another experience to notch!
Leaving the school, the bus was packed! I felt guilty as a seat was saved for me. But gave me a chance to take a few pics.
Little kids from the adjacent primary school got the pride of place next to the driver. At each stop, the conductor would literally carry a little one and hand them over to one of their parents waiting at the stop. Then joyously they would scamper away.
The kids were superbly well behaved and engaged in mindless banter the entire way. This kid looked at me suspiciously the entire ride.
A bunch just behind me.
One of the spiffy school buses. Here in Kumta, cows are an ubiquitous presence. Chewing cud, this calf sauntered in just in time to have its pic taken. 🙂 As M had not accompanied me to Kumta, this pic elicited the well expected: “sooooo cute!” That was for the calf, not the bus.
You may also enjoy this pic of local school kids in Kumta I shot a few years ago!