The ride in "Namma Metro" was anti-climactic. It may be due to either the non-rush hour or the distance between two subsequent stations. But one thing is for sure. I am spoiled by the Parisian metro. Paris is a small city and there is a metro stop every few meters away.
"Namma Metro" in Bengaluru has gigantic stations and MG Road to Baiyappamahalli link runs mostly above the ground. The train stations are well designed, sometimes making you wonder if size is really necessary. Who is the actual customer here? The tourists or the commuters? The stations are very clean. So are the interiors of the train.
Since the train ride is above the ground, you get a view of the city. Unfortunately, the landscape is depressing with views of semi-demolished buildings and the impoverished areas of the city. Despite these, Namma metro seems to be a local delight. There were a few fellow riders like me who were there only for the joy of being in the train. They were also busy taking pictures using their mobiles.
The metro service is still in the teething phase. This is evident from two factors. The first is the signboard saying "No return tickets available". If there is no return ticket, is there an option for a day pass or a weekend pass? Is this again a distant dream? The second is the presence of people assisting people through the automatic gates. This also shows the low confidence on the intelligence of the travelers to figure the whole thing out.
There is always something about life that brings a smile on my face even when I am complaining. Yes, there were two during my "Namma metro" adventure - one before the ride and another after the ride. A metro staff requested not to spit chewing gum on the metro station in the most polite manner possible. This was while I entered the MG Road metro station. When I took pictures of the parked train, one guard requested me with a smile not to take pictures while his friend was trying to shoo me away.
The final act also is the basis of today's dilemma. Is photography forbidden inside the metro? I saw a signboard requesting everyone to kindly avoid taking photographs. The keywords were "please" and "avoid". Please and avoid are not the same as forbidden. I do not want to discuss intricacies of language with the metro staff. Instead I would like to argue on the technicality when time comes.