Bulletproof Bus by Farah Ali



The bulletproof bus glides through the city. Potholes and pockmarked speedbumps don’t bother it. It does not tear through red lights. It slows down gracefully and gradually until it reaches a complete stop. Unlike other drivers with their buses, the bulletproof bus driver knows and understands the rules. He has Respect for the Law.

Sadaf is the first person I tell all this to. “I’m going to apply for the bus driver job,” I say casually. She is nursing the baby and doesn’t look up and chooses to stay quiet. So I go on pretending to read the newspaper and after five minutes she says, “What do you mean, bus driver job?”


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