Chalta Hai! (It's Okay) is a popular phrase that defines the lax attitudes of Indians in many spheres of civic life. Things come back on track - fast & forgotten - in this country which exhibits remarkable level of tolerance. This is what preserves the Nation's free spirit but hurts at other places.
India is a vast country interlinked by a vast road network. It is like a lifeline and keeps the country going. Apart from rail the cheapest transport is the bus service. Most of the buses in India are falling apart in places, especially the state transport and some privately owned. The vehicles are maintained in road worthy or are just functional - conditions are on the border line. These vehicles offer the best connectivity to a traveler though many times over crowded.
The comfort level is very low, but at times these are the only means of transportation available to you. The luxury buses ply between major cities and rarely cover small townships. These are costlier but not as much as taxi.
Privately run taxis are the best bet for long distance travel. The country has large number of SUVs and other vehicles that provide excellent comfort on tour. These are expensive especially the AC cars but than you have to pay the price.
The road network in some states is good, but as you reach places of lesser importance - away from the highway - you will find more pot holes than functioning strips. At many places in the country the roads are horrible. The inherent corruption is responsible. Most of the time right proportion of material is not used. Tar patches best define the roads in India and they are ubiquitous from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.