The lesson Madam Rides the Bus by Vallikanan revolves around a young girl named Valli who is curious about everything in life. One often hears phrases such as 'You only live once' and 'live life to the fullest'. But one's circumstances might not be in their favour to practically do so. There are no limits to dreams, and one cannot judge other people's little wishes. For a person living in the city, it might seem trivial to hear that one has a great desire to travel on a bus. It might not make sense to them as it is readily available to them. But needs and dreams depend on the person and their exposure. Valli's biggest desire is to travel on a bus. The author uses this simple narrative to explain complex understandings of life. He tells the readers how life contains fleeting moments of joy and sorrow. He also emphasises how it is important to follow one's dreams, even if they are very small. Valli is happy when she sees the cow for the first time, but her joy is short-lived. She is shocked and saddened by the fact that something that made her laugh a few moments ago is no more. Life is unpredictable, and one has to enjoy all good things before it comes to an end. It isn't easy to know about everything and understand the reason behind all the happenings of life.