Why people bring bed-sheets, carpets or newspapers to railway-stations in India

Why people bring bed-sheets, carpets, newspapers or   to railway-stations in India  If you have ever travelled in trains in India, I am sure that you must have seen people sitting on the floor of platform or areas around the waiting room. Usually folks bring something to put on the floor and sit. At times, you may find groups even sleeping on floors. There could be various reasons, but recently we also felt the need of carrying a bed sheet with us, when our train was 2 hours late. And due to fear of traffic, we left early from our house. So we had to spend around 3 hours at the railways station, with minimal seating arrangements as compared to number of people waiting for train on the platform.   Since we had 3 hours of the railway stations, so we thought of exploring other reasons for carrying something to spread over the platform and have rest.   Folks traveling in general section of the train are not guaranteed to have seats, so if it’s a longer journey it’s not possible to go standing throughout. In such cases newspaper, bed sheet or other similar stuff comes handy to spread over the floor and create seatings for yourself. I travelled in general few times, but I was lucky to find a seat but there are many instances when finding seat is difficult.   There is another reason. When folks are in transit and next train has waiting of 4-5 hrs, many many people prefer to stay on the station instead of moving out and staying in hotels. And of-course, moving far away for hotel doesn’t make sense if you have to spend 1-2 hrs in commute.  The good part is that cleanness on railway stations and trains has improved, which definitely makes things convenient for passengers.  Do you know any other reason apart from the ones mentioned in this post?

Why people bring bed-sheets, carpets, newspapers or   to railway-stations in India

If you have ever travelled in trains in India, I am sure that you must have seen people sitting on the floor of platform or areas around the waiting room. Usually folks bring something to put on the floor and sit. At times, you may find groups even sleeping on floors. There could be various reasons, but recently we also felt the need of carrying a bed sheet with us, when our train was 2 hours late. And due to fear of traffic, we left early from our house. So we had to spend around 3 hours at the railways station, with minimal seating arrangements as compared to number of people waiting for train on the platform. 

Since we had 3 hours of the railway stations, so we thought of exploring other reasons for carrying something to spread over the platform and have rest. 

Folks traveling in general section of the train are not guaranteed to have seats, so if it’s a longer journey it’s not possible to go standing throughout. In such cases newspaper, bed sheet or other similar stuff comes handy to spread over the floor and create seatings for yourself. I travelled in general few times, but I was lucky to find a seat but there are many instances when finding seat is difficult. 

There is another reason. When folks are in transit and next train has waiting of 4-5 hrs, many people prefer to stay on the station instead of moving out and staying in hotels. And of-course, moving far away for hotel doesn’t make sense if you have to spend 1-2 hrs in commute.

The good part is that cleanness on railway stations and trains has improved, which definitely makes things convenient for passengers. Although lot of improvements are needed for cleanness. 


Do you know any other reason apart from the ones mentioned in this post?

3 comments:

Kishor Kumar said...

Another reason for people carrying mattresses bed sheets and such things can be that a huge number of passengers is also shifting from one place to another for a while, like a student leaving for college, or a person for his job place in far away location. Train is the most common mode of travel for long routes.

Arun Prasadh said...

Other reason is windows in some of the coaches do not close properly.

VJ Sharma said...

Kishor - Yes. That's another reason but in this case these folks carry lot more stuff than just the bedsheet :)

Arun - That's another genuine reason. Carrying newspaper in buses is also a common phenomenon for the same reason.

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