Anil is not nearly as annoying in person as he is online. When I met him at my party I was suprised by how warm and friendly he was. Later I started introducing him to others like this: “Anil is not an asshole but he plays one on TV.” He told me that his ability to manage his online personality was his key to success.
I have no doubt that Anil is flattered and is trying to think of something to say in someone’s comments to kill this nice-guy image. But he is a nice guy (at a party).