The Scene at Railway Station
Essay No. 01
My father alongwith my elder sister were going to Kanpur the other day to attend the marriage party of my cousin. I went to the railway station to see them off. It was a pleasing sight at the railway station.
Many taxis, cars, scooters, rickshaws and tongas were parked outside the waiting hall. The waiting hall was full of passengers. There was a long queue of people at booking window. People were buying their tickets one by one. The coolies were busy. They were carrying the luggage of the people to the platform or from platform to outside. My father bought a platform ticket for me. He hired a coolie to carry our luggage. We reached at the platform from where the train was to depart.
The railway platform was full of people. Rich and poor, young and old, women and children were seen there of all hues. Everyone was waiting for the train to come. The railway stalls were doing brisk business. Cold-drinks, tea, coffee, snacks etc. were available everywhere. The coolies were carrying huge luggages of the passengers. Some were looking for the tickets. The police personnel were seen quite in alert. Frequently there were announcements about the timings of the trains, incoming and outgoing. There was high danger of luggages being taken away or pockets being picked. Everybody stood guard to their belongings. Everybody was restless but some had occupied benches and places and were sleeping comfortably evidently waiting for the late trains. There were some scenes of painful partings of parents seeing off their children going for distant destinations and some eager to meet their nears and dears arriving after long time. The waiting at the Railway Station seemed to pass off very fast while looking at all these things.
Soon there was a signal of the arrival of train. There was lot of commotion. Everybody began to move, catch hold of his luggages and making way towards their respective compartments. Some began to negotiate with the TTE’s to confirm their unconfirmed seats. Most of them seemed dejected. In no time the whole crowd seemed to dwindle away leaving the whole platform almost deserted. I said goodbye to my father and sister and the train moved. Everyone around was seen waving hands for their departing nears and dears. It was really a sight to see. I also came out and headed towards my home.
Essay No. 02
The Scene at a Railway Station
A railway station in India is a very busy place. It is a center of great activity. The parking place, the huge entrance and all the platforms are full of people. Men, women and children of all ages, colours, religions and states can be seen here, walking, running, standing, sitting, talking or looking harassed. They are either waiting to board a train or are alighting from one, or they have either seen off somebody or are about to do so. Some have come to buy tickets and some to cancel their reservations.
Red-coated porters move around, balancing luggage on their heads and haggling with the passengers. To add to the confusion vendors, walk up and down shouting loudly, trying to sell all kinds of things — locks with chains, books and magazines, cheap ornaments, sweets and savouries and, of course, tea which at railway stations is quite welcome.
However, as soon as the train’s whistle is heard, everyone starts moving. When the train screeches to a halt, there is complete chaos as passenger’s rush to get into their various compartments.
Being at a railway station is great fun and a really good experience as we meet all kinds of people and learn a few things.
Essay No. 03
Scene at the Railway Platform
A railway platform is a place full of excitement and attention catching. Here we come across all kinds of people—the rich and the poor, the educated, the illiterate, the young and the old-all waiting for the train.
On the railway station we can see people running to and fro from one platform to another or checking up the arrival or departure of the trains while some can be seen at ticket counter, bookstalls or at the eatable joints. There is always a large crowd on the platform, and the people can be seen reading newspapers or studying train schedule or maps. A few can be seen pacing up and down the platform. At some places, one can hear the cries of the children, while some can be seen troubling their parents. One can also see ladies, children and men sitting on their luggage due to lack of seats.
Sometimes certain passengers can be seen quarrelling with coolies over the charges while passengers can also be seen cracking jokes to pass their time.
When the train is departing passengers can be seen jostling and elbowing each other to board the train. At the same time passengers can be seen sipping tea at tea stalls or buying magazines. While some children cling to their parents in the rush and some try to locate their kith and kin.
After short intervals, the announcements from the loudspeaker about the train schedule for arrival or departure can be heard, which diverts the passenger’s attention from their activities.
Indeed with so many characters and activities railway platform appears like a colourful stage.