In a Facebook post by a friend who is one both on Facebook and in real life, I had left a comment. A couple of days later, his friend left a message for me there asking me if I was the same RR who was friends with P and N. The query also gave some more information about P and N.

I responded that P and N were my sister and Brother In Love respectively in fact. He responded with the information that N and he were colleagues in their working lives and I sent a Friend Request to him while also informing him that our exchange has inspired me to write a blog post.

And that brings me to this post.

It has been a kind of strong belief that there are only six degrees of separation in the world. There have been too many recent instances like the one that I have mentioned above where the degrees of separation are just one or two. We are getting to know or renewing contacts with people in droves, due to applications like the Facebook or WhatsApp.

It now transpires that the statistical reality is just three and a half degrees of separation!

What a world we live in!

7 thoughts on “Separation.”

  1. Ramana, that’s fascinating! (I remember the original six degrees site!) I worried when you started this story it was going to be a tragic tale of love lost. So glad it turned out to be a fun tale of – well, can it even be called “separation” when the gap has narrowed by half in my children’s lifetime?

    1. What a lovely surprise Holly. Let me share another story with you. I attended a meeting earlier this morning when one of the participant said that he had wanted to get a direct line to our Prime Minister and was wondering how to go about getting a connection. Somebody suggested that he simply write directly to him and he did. He received a response as well and he is over the moon. Modern communication applications has made such stories possible.

  2. How interesting – no comments are visible, yet you reply! 🙂

    What you said about your friend doesn’t really surprise me, and it doesn’t always take “modern communication” to make it possible – this is how my mom built her cookbook, many years ago, and the most modern communication method she employed was postal mail! See my post about Arnold Palmer, here: (In other news, I finally digitized the album and let go – giving my daughter her “1st birthday present” for Christmas this year! Just in time for her and her husband to move into their first HOUSE.)

  3. life is always interesting if you are prepared to step into and be as far as one is able – within it.

    When I had yahoo e-groups I found a person in the States I had lost contact with in the fibre-world

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