That mahAkavi kalidAsa is one of the greatest poets is perhaps already a cliche. From Bhavabhuti to Goether several personalities have paid very rich tributes to him. In the history of world literature, from time to time one finds a gem that lauds him to the sky. Here is one such a beauty.
पुरा कवीनां गणनाप्रसङ्गे कनिष्ठिका अधिष्ठित कालिदासा ।
"Long ago when poets met together, they agreed that KAlidAsa is equal to the pinky finger."
Very insulting indeed! How could one equate Kalidasa the greatest of poets to a pinky finger?! Isnt it preposterous? Has this guy even read any of Kalidasa's works?
Well here comes the unassuming punch line as the next part of the subhAshita:
अद्यापि तत्तुल्य कवे: अभावात् अनामिका सा अर्थवती बभूव ॥
"Even today due to the absence of a poet of equal stature, the next finger remains meaningfully to be called as "anAmikA" (Unnamed)."
(In Samskrita, the ring finger is called "anAmikA".)
What a master stroke!