Ramble

I’m sitting on a train right now.
Seated for a 5 hour journey from Ajmer to Udaipur
Squeezed into a seat facing 6 across from me, 2 to my left, and three to my right.
Not counting kids.
One of the earliest signs of communication babies learn is shared attention.
I feel like the best way to learn a new language is to erase all the attachment to words we gave our lives to.
I have spent so long trying to articulate,
But how long have I spent understanding what is beneath the words?
Unlearning to learn.
We speak limited Hindi, but point together to my book.
A man next to me smiles as he flips through his phone of pictures of his life.
I speak like a child, only able to offer my attention.
Hello.
There are so many wonderful people in this world.
Where do I stand among them?

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