When I saw Chithra’s thread greeting Sridhar aka Varalotti a day earlier, I could understand her eagerness to beat everyone else to start this coveted thread! Look at the time when it was posted. 6 a.m.! Within minutes of its appearances, greetings have started pouring in! With my limited knowledge of IL, I have seen that it’s not a wise thing to start any new thread on a Saturday for the weekend hibernation sets in and there will be hardly any response. And who would bear to see her thread going unnoticed? I have felt it too when my initial posts went abegging! But Chithra took the risk because she knew that the subject matter of her thread defied all calculations! She knew that even if it is a week of only Saturdays, a thread on Varalotti was bound to draw the crowds! I was in a dilemma. Whether I should join others under Chithra’s thread and offer my greetings or not. I paced the floor like the famous Hamlet asking myself, To join or not to join! I was not sure if it was IL etiquette that once a thread was started to wish someone, you would have to necessarily join it and not start another thread afresh. I generally do not like breaking rules and etiquettes but in this case, I decided to break it even if there was a rule like that! I just cannot post a mundane message saying “I join others in wishing you a happy birthday’ when it comes to a great personality like Sridhar. Justice must be done even it meant breaking a few rules! In referring to Sridhar, you would have noticed that I used the word ‘personality’ instead of a ‘person’ and you would have instantly understood my rating of Varalotti. A person is just a nondescript individual, but a personality is a celebrity. We use the word personality to refer to people whose contribution in any chosen field stands out like a beacon. Personality is to a man what fragrance is to a flower. Personality in man is what is "not his own" . . . what come from outside, what he has learned, or reflects, all traces of exterior impressions left in the memory. All of us are born equal but what distinguishes a person is what he acquires during his march through life. While many continue to remain a person throughout life, a chosen few become a personality. Sridhar is one such person who has blossomed into a personality. The fragrance of his erudition has made this Sridhar the most sought after flower everywhere. I did not quite understand that bit of Chithra of Sridhar being eternally 28 but I can say this much. For most of us, age shows in the face but only in a handful, it shows in their wisdom. Among such people of wisdom, there will be a rare gem whose face will show a physical age of 30 and the wisdom of an octogenarian! (I have seen your picture, Sridhar!) In the physical context, I have but to agree with Chithra! Sridhar and I belong to an exclusive fraternity whose ideals are very lofty. It constantly reminds us that all of us are here for a purpose known only to Him. Whatever we are engaged in, there is a Godly purpose behind it. Utter devotion is expected of us no matter if we are cleaning a toilet or launching a rocket in Sriharikota. I can see how much of the ideals of the Fraternity has been imbibed by Sridhar as evidenced in everything he does. I feel honoured to share my thoughts on a person who I consider as a phenomenon of IL. The love and affection that he enjoys here can only be a small repayment of the great debt we owe him. May God bless Sridhar with long life, higher learning and ready willingness to share it with others. I call him my younger Brother without even thinking if I would ever be able to justify my role as his elder Brother! God bless you, Sridhar!