Stories From Gaogang...........Part 6
What is the best way to see China, when you are living in China? Just get in to any bus, drop two coins in the drop box which is installed on a pole at the front entrance. There is no conductor in the bus. The driver conducts the whole business very well. I have never seen a scratch, a dent, a broken side view mirrors or signs of any mishandling of the bus. I don’t know if the buses are fitted with speed governors or not but I have never seen the bus over-speeding, overtaking from wrong side, starting and stopping suddenly, jumping signals or doing any traffic violation or being driven irresponsibly.
当你住在中国的时候，了解中国的最好方法是什么？ 只要进入任何一辆公共汽车，在正门入口处的投币箱投入两个硬币。 公车上没有售票员。 司机很好地进行整个业务。 我从来没有在公共汽车上见过划痕，凹痕，破碎的侧视镜，或任何处理不当的迹象。 我不知道巴士是否配备了限速器，但是我从来没有见过巴士有超速，突然超车，突然起停，跳跃信号或任何交通违章行为或不负责任地驾驶。
Local Bus Interior in China- Notice the bucket for cleaning and the dustbin
中国当地的公共汽车内部 - 注意清理桶和垃圾箱
The driver even waits for some passenger he may espy running for catching the bus, in the rear view mirror which he/she checks to ensure all passengers have disembarked and are safely away from the exiting door which is in the middle of the bus. I think all bus drivers of Haryana Roadways should be sent for a crash course and they may be too happy to attend because besides getting a free trip to China, they may find emotional bond with the word “Crash” and might think that it may be a course in learning how to survive the ‘crash’.
Haryana Roadways Bus
He/She has all the controls on the dashboard and a video monitor in front of him where a continuous footage of various locations in the bus including the entry and exit points is displayed. The driver is solely responsible for the bus, even its upkeep.
At bus terminus he/she brooms it, empties the dustbin that is positioned near the exit in every bus. He/she even washes it. I have seen them doing it at the terminus and I am sure it is not out of love. The driver takes care of the bus like it be his personal vehicle. In China, employment for a job is holistic. I have seen in every shop, the sales women broom and mop too. It is unthinkable in India where everyone doesn't think beyond the scope of the job he/she is contracted for.
在公共汽车总站，他/她打扫，清空位于每辆公共汽车出口附近的垃圾箱。 他/她甚至还要清洗车。 我已经看到他们在总站做这件事，我相信这不是出于爱。 司机照顾公车，就像是他的私人车辆一样。 在中国，就业是一个整体。 我在每家店都看到，女销售员也同时有在打扫。 在印度，这是不可思议的，每个人都不会负责超出他所承包的工作范围的事务。
When I ask the Chinese I come across, whether men help the women in household chores, they say that they do, but personally I don’t believe it to be completely true, because my impression is that in the Chinese society the women still are seen as subordinate to men as in other Eastern societies and are treated less respectfully than the women in cultured section of Indian society are treated or the respect they command Haha.
However, sharing household chores by men with women in India is a different story. In most of the Indian homes (barring mine Hahaha) as far as I know, if the food gets spilled on the table, or there is a sticky patch on the floor, the husband yells and calls his wife to come and clean up and she in turn may scream at the maid or the servant or wait for her/him to do the job, if they employ them, but the husband will never get up and do the cleaning.
Well..I haven’t done it in my home and at times, Ok- every time :) but I feel that my willingness to share, my initiatives to do such small jobs myself sent wrong signals to my wife or maybe it’s my chauvinistic ego that tells me so, but well I think it is better than seeing the job left undone until the next morning. Although I consider my thinking orthodox, as even still after nearly forty years of marriage doing such things gnaws my pride, but while living here in China, we have no maid or servant to help and there is none to report to the whole neighbourhood of having seen me mopping or cleaning and above all, I am the only one she has at her disposal Hahaha.
好吧…我没有在家里做过，有时候，好吧，每次都是这样 :)。但是我觉得我愿意分享，自己做这些小工作的主动性给我的妻子发出了错误的信号，或者可能是我的自我沙文主义告诉我，但是我认为这比直到第二天早晨才看到工作依然没被处理来得好。 尽管我认为自己的思想是正统的，因为即使结婚近四十年后，做这样的事情有损我的骄傲，但是在中国生活的时候，我们没有女仆和仆人来帮忙，也没有人向所有邻居报告看到我拖地或清洗，而最重要的是，我是唯一一个她可以支配的人哈哈哈。
I do not say that the Chinese are more cleanliness conscious than us, but there is no indignity in doing any job in them. There leaders don’t pick up brooms, with a posse of sycophants joining in for the Photo Op to mark the starting of a drive to clean up the nation and to inspire the people to take some initiative in doing some cleaning. I doubt if any of those Babus and their bosses after the photo session, as much even wipe the dust off their tables.
我不是说中国人比我们更清洁，但是在他们身上做任何工作都没有侮辱性。 那里的领导不会在一群谄媚者拍照时拿起扫帚，标志着清理国家的动力开始，激发人们主动清洗。 我怀疑那些先生和他们的老板们是否在拍照之后，甚至把他们的桌子上的灰尘都擦掉了。
This mentality has to change in us but will it? I doubt it ever will but there is a possibility that if all people start doing their bit of cleaning up, the people who traditionally do these jobs might sit in protest, citing the drive as anti-poor and a conspiracy of robbing them of their livelihood.
Bus Stop at Gaogang- Clean and well kept
Bus stops are steel structures, factory made in bulk, built up design, easy to install units. I like this concept of work. On a chosen stretch of the road on any day you can find the electrical poles, young trees, the bus stop units or anything that is to be installed, lined up at the locations where they are to be erected. The erecting gang then goes from one unit to another and by the evening (the Chinese mostly work for one shift, although it can stretch to more than twelve hours from dawn to dusk) you can find hundreds of units erected. The road give the look of having been there since years.
公交车站是钢结构的，工厂批量生产，组装设计，易于安装的装置。 我喜欢这个工作的概念。 在任何一天的任何一段路上，你都可以找到电线杆，幼树，公共汽车站部件或任何要安装的东西，排列在它们要建立的地方。 然后建设队从一个部件到另一个，到了晚上（中国人大多是一班倒，虽然可以从黎明到黄昏延伸到十二个小时以上），你可以发现数百个部件被组装了起来。 这条路看起来像是几年来就是这个模样。
Bus Stop at night- Well lit displays
The bus stops on the road to Taizhou are made from two steel square sections shaped like huge ‘U’s placed upside down. The top is covered with thin metal/plastic sheet. The back of the unit has two electronic billboards which help the bus company or the administration earn revenues from the advertisements. The display is a scrolling type of unit which exhibits more multiple advertisements. Between the two screens an electronic display board is placed, which tells about, time, temperature, bus routes etc.
在台州路上的公交车站是由两个巨大的U形倒置的钢的方形部分制成的。 顶部覆盖有薄金属/塑料片。后部有两个电子广告牌，帮助巴士公司或管理部门从广告中赚取收入。 显示器是滚动类的，可以展现更多的广告。 在两个屏幕之间放置一个电子显示板，显示时间，温度，公交路线等。
Electronic Display board at a Bus Stop in Gaogang
In Shanghai, the bus stops have display boards with route maps having bus stops marked by tiny bulbs which light up as the bus passes the corresponding stop, meaning thus that they are controlled by a monitoring system which is connected to GPS and keeps track of the bus movement. Two stainless steel benches are placed in front of the billboards which also serve as illuminated back walls of the unit. Simple ideas-intelligently used but for them to work, the whole mechanism in place should be working and most importantly, the power supply should be available to the unit at all times.
在上海，公共汽车站设有路线图的显示屏，公交车站上标有小灯泡，公交车经过相应的车站时灯泡会亮起来，这意味着它们由连接到GPS的监控系统控制，并跟踪公车运动。 两个不锈钢长椅放在广告牌的前面，也作为照明后壁。 简单的想法 - 智能地使用，但为了它们的运作，整个机制应该都是要工作的，最重要的是，电源应该随时供应。
Two years ago, when I was in Chandigarh, the Administration had started replacing the old brick structure bus stops with the ones which were so similar in design to those described above that I have a feeling that they were imported from China, using a big chunk of the budget. Although manufacturing them doesn’t require high end technology but there are obvious advantages of trips to China and cuts and commissions which form a part of every deal go nment or private sector contracts in India, and the Chinese are too happy to please to further their business interests.
After placing the structure in place at least the masonary work has to be done locally and for months that I was there, it hadn’t been done, nor was any electric supply given to the billboards which were gathering dust. Besides having the problem of providing electricity to these units another big hurdle in Chandigarh is of using a certain place for displaying the advertisement. The administration is strictly against this and ever since Chandigarh has been granted a heritage city status by UN, the Administration is absolutely adamant in its resolve of maintaining its uncompromising stance of allowing any changes to the “Carbousierian” look of the city, not even as much of giving a coat of paint to the building facades sullied by moss and grass growing in the cracks.
把这个结构放置好以后，砌砖工程至少要在当地做，我在那儿几个月，它都还没有完成，广告牌也没有供电，只放在那儿招灰尘。 除了给这些设备提供电力的问题之外，昌迪加尔的另一大障碍是利用某个地方展示广告。 自从昌迪加被联合国授予遗产城市地位以来，政府就严格地反对这一点，政府对任何改变“柯布西耶式”外观的态度决不妥协，甚至没有给裂缝中长满了青苔和草的建筑外墙涂上一层油漆。
Stripped off all advertisement boards- Public Toilet in Chandigarh
脱去了所有的广告板 - 昌迪加尔的公共厕所
A few years ago, Chandigarh administration had come up with a bright idea of letting the walls of the public toilets be used for advertisement purposes and suddenly the city had walls of the public toilets displaying colourful advertisements and the good thing about them was that they were illuminated at night and so they added brightness to the whole aspect. It was too good to last and so, the routine process of setting up inquiries into allotment of contract started. The investigation found the company that was allotted the contract deficient in services. It was found to have been unduly favoured by the concerned officials with renewal of contracts at an escalated costs. The investigations are still underway as is generally the case in India.
几年前，昌迪加政府想出了一个明智的想法，把公厕的墙壁用作广告用途，突然间，城市的公厕墙上摆放着五彩缤纷的广告，而他们的好处是， 在晚上照亮，给所有方向都带来了光亮。 这样做太好了，所以例行程序开始需要进入合约分配。 调查发现被分配合同的公司不善服务。 据认为，有关官员过分赞成以升级费用续签合同。 印度的情况一般如此，调查仍在进行中。
I read that a further penalty of some 40 Crores has been slapped on the company but so far there is no news of any officials of the administration having been penalized for their connivance. It’s so common a scene in India. CBI is raiding some premises of previous Finance Minister and his son and some investigation regarding illegal deals amounting to hundreds of crores have been going on for years.
我听说有公司被罚了4亿多卢比，但迄今为止没有任何政府官员因为纵容而被处罚的消息。 这在印度是很常见的一幕。 CBI正在突袭前财政部长和他的儿子的一些处所，一些涉及数百亿美元的非法交易的调查已经进行了多年。
Last week there is a news of CBI raiding some places for shady land deals of Mr. Lallu Prasad Yadav who has been holding various high offices for almost three decades and has been linked to innumerable scams. He is said to have amassed properties worth thousands of Crores. Then someone posted on WhatsApp the picture of Lallu with his first three children aged between 1 and 3 with the whole family sitting in rather humble quarter of a peon of a veterinary college before he became the Chief Minister of Bihar in 1990. What is the purpose of doing all these raids and investigations? Ever since independence of India, how many ministers or their relative have been proved to be guilty of any crime and prosecuted? If the go nment is sincere in setting an example, it should ask all the politicians the source of their riches they acquired in such short spans of time.
上星期有一个消息，CBI突袭了Lallu Prasad Yadav先生的阴谋土地交易的一些地方，他已经担任了将近三十年的各种高级职务，并与无数的诈骗案有关。 据说他已经积累了价值数千亿的财产。 然后，有人在WhatsApp上发布了一张照片，是1990年Lallu成为比哈尔邦首席部长之前，他和他的三个年龄在1-3岁的孩子，全家坐在兽医学院的一个不起眼的四分之一处。做所有这些突袭和调查的目的是什么？ 自印度独立以来，有多少部长或其亲属被证实有罪并被起诉？ 如果政府真诚树立榜样，就应该问问所有的政治家他们在短时间内获得的这些财富的来源。
I wrote in my Hindi poetry at one place:-
Jaanch aayog, aur shwet patra, to hain sab lippa-poti (white wash)
Is desh mein kabhi kisi, neta- abhineta ko saza nahin hoti.
All these Enquiries and White Papers are mere Eye wash
In this country, no leader or film actor ever gets prosecuted.
Jaanch aayog，aur shwet patra，hain sab lippa-poti（洗白）
Is desh mein kabhi kisi，neta-abhineta ko saza nahin hoti。
hi, your blog is very good. i like .
People like you write great informative article which serve as an eye opener.Our country need to make a lot of progress which only depend on the working mindset of people.I don't know how Chinese has been so well ingrained & trained themselves to work honestly & sincerely .We need to show such pictures to our rural & urban community , maybe Indian film made or based on this may awaken Indian conscious too.
For an instant I thought that my sister in law had made an account with Sulekha and commented on my blog :), but well it doesn't matter. Much appreciate your comment. Yes, there's a lot to learn from the Chinese. Making a film based on it is a great idea that hasn't yet crossed my mind but my blogs do enjoy quite some popularity with the Chinese.
有一瞬间，我以为是我的嫂子在Sulekha注册了一个帐户，并在我的博客上发表评论:)，但没关系。 非常感谢您的评论。 是的，从中国人那里可以学到很多东西。 以此为基础制作电影是一个很好的主意，但我的博客确实在中国人中颇受欢迎。
Addicted to read these articles OωO
Thanks Zhiyuan Zhao- I need the inspiration and support from people like you :)
感谢Zhiyuan Zhao - 我需要像你这样的人的鼓励和支持:)
The LED screen display how many stations the bus will arrive this station. The bus install GPS,and the station can inform passengers when the bus will come. This is normal station these years . some big city have super-capacitor bus,this bus can charge 30 seconds at the station,and run 10km. the bus had exported to Europe 2years ago.please see YouTube of this link.
LED屏幕显示公交车还有几站到站。 公交车安装GPS，车站可以通知乘客公共汽车何时来。 这样的车站是这几年普通的车站。 有的大城市有超级电容公交车，这辆车可以在车站充电30秒，跑10公里。 这样的巴士2年前已出口到欧洲，请看这个链接的YouTube。
That is a good piece of information. I saw these chargeable buses a few days ago in Taizhou. Thanks for telling me. I will write about them in the following blogs.
这是一个很好的信息。 前几天我在台州看到这些电动巴士。 谢谢你告诉我。 我会在接下来的博客中写下他们。
Another gem from you Navneet
The less said about our uncultured ,uncouth ,corrupt politicians, the better !
How nice the bus stops and buses look! In Tamilnadu, the buses are much better compared with the North. In fact, in the small town of Kumbakonam, quite some institutions like Banks and Jewellery shops have built A/C bus shelters !! Looks so neat..Very soon some unscupulous ones may be found sleeping here, is another matter
By the way, I have been wanting to ask you for a long
巴士站和巴士好漂亮！ 在泰米尔纳德邦，巴士比北方好得多。 事实上，在Kumbakonam小镇，银行和珠宝店等相当一些机构已经建造了A / C公交候车亭！ 看起来很整洁..很快，一些不讲道德的人可能会在这里睡觉，这是另一回事
Thanks UshaJi- My internet connection is giving a problem and my job is keeping me very busy, otherwise I have a lot many stories to tell. I saw some days ago in a whatsapp forward an Air Conditioned Bus Stop at Mumbai by Daiken and really felt a lot good. In China, I haven't seen any such initiatives by manufacturers or corporate houses. I hope this are maintained and well kept and as you said, kept free from encroachment. As regards, Paan eating or any other things like we glutton Indians like to :) the Chinese have meals at rigidly fixed times and mostly nothing in between. In the shopping malls though you can see the trend catching with children having ice-cream or a candy but that's about all. Even in Food Courts ( except for Mac'Donald or KFC- Americans have spoiled their habits too:)) you can't get meal after 1:30/ 2 O'clock in the afternoon and 8 O'clock at night because Chinese lunch time is 1130 and dinner time is 5:30. No eating after that. Chinese don't eat Paans or chew Paan Masala but smoking is a very serious problem in China, but they don't take smoking or any sort of breaks during the job. For them eight or twelve hours whatever the job demands- full time on the job. They carry their glass bottles with green tea leaves to which they add hot water wherever available and work with cigarettes dangling from the mouth if the job environment allows that.
感谢UshaJi-我的网络连接出了问题，我的工作让我非常忙，否则我有很多故事要讲。前几天我在一个whatsapp的转发中看到了一个在孟买的大金空调巴士站，真的感觉很好。在中国，我还没有看到制造商或企业的这种举措。我希望这一点能和你所说的一样得到保持和妥善保存，不受侵犯。至于槟榔或任何其他像我们馋嘴的印度人喜欢的东西:)中国人会在固定的时间点吃饭，而且中间的时间不会再吃。在商场，虽然你可以看到孩子们在吃冰淇淋或糖果，但这就是所有了。即使在美食广场（麦当劳或肯德基除外-美国人已也已经破坏了他们的习惯:)），下午1点半后，晚上8点后不会吃饭，因为中餐时间是11:30，晚餐时间是5:30。之后不吃东西。中国人不吃槟榔或嚼槟榔马沙拉，但吸烟在中国是一个非常严重的问题，但是他们在工作中不抽烟或者休息。对于他们来说，无论工作要求是8个小时还是12个小时 - 全职工作。在工作环境允许的情况下，他们在玻璃瓶里装上绿茶叶，在其中加入热水，如果工作环境允许，他们会衔着烟工作。
hi Ushasuryamani , only some chinese chew paan. such as Hunan province people(of course young girl except).
to continue, I have been wanting to ask you for a long time...do Chinese chew Paan ? I find this paan spitting so much here in our country..bus stops including
Very nice blog Navneetji. Feel bad that in all comparisons with China, India fares badly. Hope 'We' too change!
非常好的博客Navneetji。 感觉糟糕的是，在与中国的所有比较中，印度都很糟糕。 希望'我们也改变！
Hello Geeta- It doesn't feel good to highlight but my intentions are to inspire my fellow countrymen to feels encouraged from what is good in them and worth emulating.
你好Geeta – 强调这些并不好，但是我的意图是激励我的同胞感到鼓舞，通过他们做的好的，值得效仿的方面。
Suchisree/ Sree Kumar
Honestly, started loving China through your blogs. Without an axe to grind this the truth, real and uncontaminated.
Most of the illiterate but cunning politicians are immensely rich protected for generations. We, with a paper degree struggle.
Hello Suchi Sir- We have differences with them, like most neighbours have but we should see their achievements as challenges. We can learn from them a lot many good things.
Suchi先生你好 - 我们和他们不一样，像大多数邻居一样，但我们应该把他们的成就作为挑战。 我们可以向他们学习很多好东西。
Navneet saheb, good piece of info on China. Please keep it going !
Navneet saheb, 这些关于中国的信息很棒. 期待你继续更新 !
Thanks Parsad Ji- Unlike you I can't tell about the worlds beyond but have a lot to write about our immediate neighbours :))