The story "The Woman on Platform 8" is written by Ruskin Bond. The story is about the train journey of a boarding school boy named Arun. He is the central character of the story.

The story goes like while Arun was waiting for his train (which was scheduled to arrive at midnight), he meets a woman who looked very pale and kind. She approaches him and starts a conversation.
The central theme of the story is love and affection that transcends all barriers of kinship.
The major characters of the story are,
  • Arun
  • A woman
  • Satish
  • Satish's mother
The minor characters of the story are,
  • Arun's parents
  • Ticket collector
  • A crowd of people
  • A boy
  • Guard
  • Coolie