Varalotti's Whirlwind Project You might have forgotten about the “whirlwind” project which delayed my replying to your fb for LA 5 and which delayed my posting LA 6. But I can never forget your kind wishes and your statements of love like “We understand, Varalotti.” And some statements which made me cry “Why should you apologize?” “There is no need for you to tell. We will still understand.” Like the pet child of the house standing before his parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grand parents I am now standing before you to tell what the project was all about and what were my learning experiences therefrom. It was a busy Wednesday forenoon exactly three weeks before. I had completed an arduous professional assignment and before I took up another, was enjoying my well-earned ten-minutes inter-assignment break. I used that time to read our Kamla’s reply in Love All and was wondering how could this lady bring out so much love even while passing a critical comment. My mobile rang. My publisher was on the line. (Think of Mr.Sethuramalingam of ALS – well that’s my publisher for you.) “Varalotti sir, can someone write a 200 page-book in ten days?” “Depends on.. who is that someone and what that book is all about.” “Ok, I’ll give a few more clues. That someone is you. And the book is about the President-Elect of the US, Barack Obama.” A few minutes of deafening silence. “Sridhar sir… Sridhar sir.. Varalotti Sir.. are you still on the line?” “I am, but, that’s too much for me. First I am not a professional author. Second I know next to nothing about Obama. Third, there are way too many books on that man.” “It does not matter whether you are a professional or an amateur. As far as I am concerned you are a good writer. This is for your second statement: I’ll buy all the books on Obama that’s available in the Chennai market and courier them to you. "And the third, the most important, yes there are at least four books on Obama in Tamil. But none of them are good enough for me. I want you to write Obama’s biography in your style. “ “But then.. sir… 10 days.. 200 pages… Obama.. book. … Tamil… how…..” “I am asking Marimuthu to courier the books to you. You will get them tomorrow. Have a glance at those books and then call me. We’ll talk. Have a great day.” The line went dead.