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A journo's jottings under no deadline pressure (since Jan 1, 2010)

The Lal Dabba of Maharashtra

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You may deride them for their unkempt appearance, laugh at their sense of punctuality but to whoever has cared to listen, I have always maintained that nobody else can match the reach of the familiar red ST (State Transport) buses, owned and operated by the MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation). I can definitely say that there is not a single village in Maharashtra which is not serviced by ST buses.

So a few days back I was pleasantly surprised to find a website devoted to the bus service and quaintly called Lal Dabba (Red Box).
Intrigued, this journalist promptly shot off a mail to the blog’s moderator, asking him for more details.
Here, verbatim, is Shekhar Sidhaye’s response:

Hi Raju,
Basically this idea came in the minds of Amit Karmarkar, Darshan Naik, Kuldip Gandhi and myself.
We four working professionals have a passion to explore places using the best available transport, i.e., ST which has a very wide reach to the remotest places.
While travelling to several fantastic places in Maharashtra by ST buses, we realised how important an ST can be to the person staying in the remotest place. For him the ST bus is just like what local trains are for the people of Mumbai city.
Hence we started this blog and started contributing to whatever we came across.
We have already established ourselves in our respective fields. Amit and Darshan are passionate graphic designers working in MNCs. Kuldip is a hardcore programmer and tech-savvy guy who also loves the winding roads of the Konkan.
I was once a graphic designer but have now turned into a full time travel and documentary photographer.
Through this blog, we aim to capture the essence of this mode of transport which is considered to be the largest in India in terms of fleet and reach.
Shekhar.

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Written by Raju Bist

September 18, 2010 at 10:18 am

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  1. Raju,
    Thanks a lot for taking notice of our blog and exposing it on your blog.
    As mentioned above by shekhar the idea was mine. My thought was just to have Photo gallery dedicated to MSRTC, but it was Kuldip Gandhi(with plausive support from shekhar and Darshan) who really took on the initiative of making a blog.

    The Blog also has a major contributions from ‘Free and footlose’ who joined in after. Also must mention latest contributions of Ajinkya.

    The response has been astonishing.

    Amit

    September 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

  2. Thank you, Sir for the appreciation. Makes all lal Dabba lovers feel really good.

    That photo above has been clicked by me at Surat.

    Free and Footloose

    September 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm

  3. Free and Footloose

    September 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm

  4. […] The Lal Dabba of Maharashtra September 20103 comments 3 […]

  5. Please dont call them LalDabbas….They r the lifelines of Konkan..if thought over serioulsy they are the one who go to every nook and corners of highly rugged mountainous regions in Konkan called padas….without them Konkan wouldnt be easily accessible…even though Konkan railway is running….

    AVB

    April 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm


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