The waiting room at a railway station presents a wonderful opportunity to observe human behaviour. Describe an experience when you were early for a train and had to spend some time in the waiting room with different kinds of people.

If you ever want to observe human behaviour closely, I think one of the best places to do so is the waiting room of a railway station that accommodates a huge variation of our modern day society. I was enroute Delhi to Kolkata and due to an unfortunate misunderstanding, was forced to switch trains at Lucknow. The time gap was two hours between both trains, hence I was in such a predicament and had no other option but to take refuge at the waiting room of the railway station.

As I entered the waiting room a foul smell tickled my nostrils but I soon became accustomed to it. The announcement of the arrival of a train caused some seats to get vacant and I quickly occupied one and made myself comfortable. Opposite me, a family of five was busy haggling over some petty issue. Apparently the wife had forgotten to complete some household chores before leaving and the husband was reprimanding her for the same. Their three children , the eldest being not more than eight years old, were chasing each other around the waiting room and the mother was screeching her head off trying to control them.

On another bench sat an elderly couple who was hardly talking to each other. They seemed to be too lost in a world of their own, probably weighed down by the worries of this relentless world. Suddenly, the old lady said something which brought a smile to the otherwise serious face of the gentleman and he keenly began to observe the three little ones playing with each other.

Another young newly married couple sat in the farthermost corner of the room talking in hushed voice to each other. They were just content to be with each other and did not even notice a group of young students ogling the pretty young wife and passing lewd comments. Fortunately the next announcement was for their train and they were replaced by a contingent of women hockey players who were returning from a match. By their upbeat mood and excitement, one could easily gauge that they had won their match and were now eager to get back home.

It was indeed a very interesting two hours wait. Isn’t it strange that when a person sits idle, he notices a variety of human behaviour which normally a troubled mind would have overlooked? Such was the case with me and believe me, I enjoyed every moment of it till the arrival of my train was announced.