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A Typical Indian Railway Platform-A Poem

Updated on March 28, 2011

I am here standing,

At a typical Indian railway station,

Even though it is four in the morning,

Life here is going on,

Without any stagnation.



The shopkeepers have already set up,

Smell of tea and coffee is in the air.

Trains have been coming and going all through the night,

All the luggage carriers,

Looking to get a good fare.


Every now and then,

A cow turns up on the platform.

Mooing its way through the crowd of sleeping people,

It goes along its way,

To the end of the platform;

And back again.



Almost every minute,

A fight would surface,

Somebody runs with someone else’s luggage,

Another person falls face down while walking,

And ends up in the pile of garbage.


The clock struck five,

And my train arrived.

I boarded it and found my seat,

Trying to forget the scenes in my mind,

I lied down on the berth; sleep deprived.



I did not want to think,

About the gross condition in which that platform was.

And this is the case of most of the stations.

But like every other Indian, I ignored it all.

Not even thinking twice,

Why the platform was, the way it was.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A unique and interesting poem raghavarthi.;)

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thanks Mentalist Acer.

      it wouldn't be so unique if u lived in India..... its the scene of every station

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      Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

      But you did not ignore it, nor does it fade from your memory in a split second. You care, whether it is too painful or not, you do care. And that is part of what makes you a wonderful writer and a very worthwhile human being. I will watch for more of your writing.

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thank you for the beautiful comment poohgranma...

      Well, we had a nice big chat about the condition of India and other countries yesterday...so, this is just an example but unfortunately it is nothing as compared to the real condition...

      still,

      hanks for the comment,

      Have a great day and,

      Thanks.

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      attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

      I had no comprehension of what an Indian railway station was like. Your words are so moving, from the heart and much appreciated from a willing pupil. Cheers.

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      haha...Well, this is just a small representation...The actual scene is far beyond imagination and the reign of words...lol. :)

      Thank you for the glowing comment and I hope to hear more from you.

      Thank you. :)

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      Awesome description of the trying enviroment of a bustling train station. Insight into a part of daily living in India. thank you for sharing.

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thanks a lot A.A. Zavala. :) And thank you for the follow... :)

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank you for finding me, for now I feel I must follow you, because I love this poem which deals with a country I love. You would not believe it, but I am right now planning a chapter...perhaps to be a hub... of a railway station in India; but an India long before you were born. A railway station in Poona (Pune) in 1946

      By the way, I have looked through your commenters, and you have attracted a worthy crowd.

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thanks a lot Twilight Lawns... you are definitely one of those commenters.... :)

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Very descriptive. I almost felt as if I was standing there with you.

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