6 degrees apart. That’s the supposed difference between one person and another. Standing at the door of my train coach, looking out and admiring the lush green beauty when we pass a railway crossing. The guard there, standing with the red and green flags, waving the green one. One instance, our eyes meet. We are about 20 feet from each other as the train is crossing him. I give a smile, he returns it with a bigger one on his face and a delighted raised eyebrow. We are getting apart even as I raise my hand and a tree comes in between. He raises his hand to acknowledge. Connection made.
Easiest way to bridge that 6 degrees difference is a 4-inch smile.
Somewhere in Madhya Pradesh, after the Barbatpur Village. About 800 kms from my destination.
Bharat Somani is a pizza lover, entrepreneur, and avid traveller. His stories are about the locals, and small moments that make the journey.