A few weeks ago, I had to commute to and from work via public transport for a week. The two-drop, at least 30 minutes trip (one way) is an experience I would prefer not to have, even for one week. The use of public transport is a forgone alternative for me. If I can help it.
In my part of the world it can be intolerable. The wait to get on a bus, taxi or tricycle, the unavoidable but annoying stops for a passenger to dismount or get on (bus stops are almost non-existent), the unscrupulous and unsafe driving of the bus or tricycle drivers, all combine to make the ride unpleasant, if not unsafe.
In all this, there was a silver lining. I got to do more reading that week than I usually do. In addition to my daily 30 minutes reading time, I got to read on transit.
That week, my wife and kids were away on holiday at my sister-in-law’s.
Despite the unpleasantness of such commuting I looked forward to, and enjoyed the moment when I settle in and read till I get to my stop. I relished that reading time so much that I would wish to not meet anyone I know or a chatty stranger. Reading made the ride bearable.
The convenience of eBooks also made a big difference. Though I still cherish the feel of physical books in my hands, eBooks made reading in transit that week convenient.
In reminiscence, I recall the days of hopping in and out of taxis or buses, to and from work, before our family owned a car. I enjoyed the opportunity it afforded me to keep up my reading. Despite the inconvenience of carrying a book, especially a large book, in hand, I was happy for the chance to read. Then eBooks were not common.
Today, I would prefer to drive to and from work and catch up with reading in other ways. I would rather the forgone alternative of reading on transit remain forgone. Unless I find myself in a place where public transport system is safe and convenient.
In what ways do you catch up with reading?
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