A friend of mine, Mr. Sharma, came to meet me just now.
He said he had been following my fb posts, and wanted me to write something about Sharmas on fb.
I told him that many Sharmas had made the same request to me on fb, but unless I do research about Sharmas I would not like to comment.
He said that Sharmas are pure Brahmins.
I replied that many people claimed to be Brahmins, but I had doubted the authenticity of their claims.
For instance, I had doubted whether Chaturvedis were Brahmins ( see my post on Chaturvedis on my blog justicekatjju.blogspot.in and by typing ' Katju Chaturvedi ' on Youtube ).
Many Gosains claim to be Brahmins, but I doubted that ( see my post on Gosains on fb and on my blog ).
Bhargavas claim to be Brahmins, but I was told that they are really banias ( being a mainly trading community ), who took a ' double promotion ' by themselves some time in the 19th century, and declared themselves as Brahmins ( though Bhargavas, like Chaturvedis, traditionally only marry among themselves, and other Brahmins will not inter marry with them ).
So I said that I have to do deep research about Sharmas before commenting on them, or declaring them as Brahmins.
I said that I give certificates only after doing deep research, and my certificates are not for sale. So he will have to wait until my research is complete.