It takes me 1 hour to the max to travel from home to office in Amsterdam. In Mumbai I used to take almost 2 hours. But the Mumbai ride was spent in sleep in the company bus. Here in Amsterdam, I can’t sleep as I have to change three trains.
This gives me a chance to listen to music and observe the people around me. There is a lot of time to look around. The waiting time is more than the traveling time altogether. Amsterdam is a reverse of Mumbai. Mumbai is hot, Amsterdam is not. (strictly Climatic conditions). You see a lot of people in Mumbai. In Amsterdam, you may be the only person on a platform. But you do see people. Not like India but you see them. My favorite time pass is to observe people
Observing them. No, not staring at them. That will be rude. But yes observing them. Looking at their faces. Trying to think what they are thinking? It wouldn’t be intrusion if I try to enter their brain, their thoughts would it?. Some talking to each other. Some looking endlessly at something in a distance.
And you wonder what’s going on in their mind? What are they thinking about? Do they have the same problems that I have? Are they thinking about what to have for Lunch/dinner? Are they thinking about their loved ones? Are they thinking about the fights, the victories and the events in their life? I really don’t know. It becomes a little easy to guess when you know the person. Have you thought of a complete stranger?
Is that beautiful girl thinking about her boyfriend? Is the middle aged man in the next seat thinking about his problem at home? Is the young man thinking about the next concert in town or is he thinking about his girlfriend? We would never know.
A few years back there was a movie, “What women want?” Mel Gibson could read the mind of women. If we could have the power to read the mind, not only women but to read the mind of everybody we want. Is it good?
Good because you can know what others may think about you. Bad because you can know what others may think about you.
Come to think about it. Imagine, you are alone in a train and you smile at the joke you heard two days ago, because you probably didn’t understand then. Or just remembering that funny incident in your life or remembering a good joke and that broad smile escapes your face. Look at the person standing/sitting in front of you. Most of them will give you the weirdest look possible.
And some might just smile back.