These words of Malathijagan in my thread ‘The teasing girl’, “May be, I guess you had nothing up your mind when you clicked on the 'New Thread' and this is was what you could think of! Even if you scribble some nonsensical meaningless words, we will get some meaning out of it!” had me thinking! At once it enabled me to remove my thinking cap, a tattered one that I had been wearing for a pretty long time! But as I thought of it more, I could realize the stature that a writer or a speaker could reach if he had been tenaciously pursuing his job for a pretty long time. The readers of his would reach a stage eventually when they would read his mind so clearly that he might not even have to say what he wanted to say! That is indeed a great development. Such an intense rapport between him and his fans takes a big burden off his mind! Let us take this further and let me share with you my thoughts on this!! It is unbelievable but true that tens of thousands of words of commentary have been written on just the two opening words of Rig-Veda, ‘Agni Meele`’. It only goes to prove that eloquence does not mean making everlasting speeches and conversation. On the contrary, long speeches and endless conversations may fail to convey even a fraction of what we want to say, that is if at all we have anything to say, and what we have in mind. It is, therefore, no exaggeration to say that ‘brevity is the soul of wit’. Many people think that it is a gift to be able to make long speeches at the drop of a hat. They marvel endlessly at those who can speak extempore on any subject for hours together. But do they really remain focussed on the chosen subject? We fail to notice it being under the narcotic spell of their pedagogic words. At the end of it, try to recollect what was he really trying to say and you will not recollect any. Blessed are those who can rivet your attention with the briefest of statements, like Agni Meele. One of my fellow members at a Rotary meeting took me by surprise when he greeted me with a ‘So?’ sometime back. For once I found myself tongue-tied by the sheer intellectual pressure of this terse one-word sentence. So! What do you say in reply when a person opens the conversation with a ‘So’? It is the beginning and the end. It stimulates meditation. It is both introspective and extrospective. When he addressed me thus, I became introspective. So what am I doing here, I asked myself. Do I deserve to be in a place hollowed by the presence of great visionaries who had adorned this forum before me? Am I making the forum stronger by my presence? Questions, questions and questions. All stimulated by a single ‘So!’ In Sanskrit, there is a process of initiating self-inquiry called ‘Kah: Kim’ In effect, it is asking ‘Then what?’ Asking this question repeatedly is believed to take you to the very root of a matter and is recommended as an effective introspective tool. Like Ramana’s famous ‘Who am I?’ You will kindly observe that all these thought provoking statements are very short sentences and not longwinded speeches. In fact, in ancient schools of learning, great lessons were learnt from meditative questions and not from long lectures. The person who started the conversation with a ‘So!’ in a world of endless chattering, was such an intellectually inspiring conversationalist. It is quite sometime since he said to me ‘So!’ and I am yet to stop thinking about it. My mind has travelled millions of miles in this interlude of time but is yet to find a convincing answer to this question. I am not prepared to dismiss his ‘So!’ with a ‘So what!’ I must find the answer and trust me, I will.