Putu the Cat

Fear me, if you dare. Meow.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Beastly Tales

You are Beast!

You are brilliant and extremely clever. You can
handle almost any problem swiftly and
efficiently. You are devoted to philosophy and
are always up for a good discussion.
Sometimes, though, your anger gets the best of
you and you upset those whom you care about.

Which X-Men character are you most like?
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Doing another of those Putu link-twists we have all learnt to love, hopefully, here's a little info for fans and followers of the Great Beast. Also, another great beast of the literary world gets profiled in the Guardian on the SAME DAY that Putu starts reading the first Dark Tower book. Spooky, which, in this case, couldnt be more apt.Update: More on the Dark Tower

Friday, September 17, 2004

Putu rounds up

Putu's becoming fat and lazy and rounding up nicely in time for the forthcoming winter. If you have any blankets (preferably moth eaten) and or duvets that you might want to donate to the cause of Putu surviving a Massachusetts winter (where Putu has just teleported from the temperate climes of Bangalore), please do contact us. On that note..Ian Kershaw watches a spine chilling re-enactment of Hitler's last days, is impressed, but wouldn't want this to start off an avalanche of 'Hitler as a human being' movies. To quote the venerable Dr Kershaw, perhaps the foremost living expert on the Fuhrer: "I am, of course, not suggesting that there should be a veto or censorship on the making of such films - Germany is a mature and stable enough democracy to put up with them. But are they needed? Will they bring new insights? Will it become any clearer why the people of a highly advanced, politically pluralistic, economically advanced, modern society thought, threequarters of a century ago, they had found national salvation in Hitler? Does German need this type of reminder of its past in order not to forget it?"

Those who share the Forebrain's proclivity for bad Hollywood romantic comedies on the other hand, will be pleased to know that today is the release of Wimbledon. Putu having prowled around the hallowed turf can cast a perspicacious eye on the on screen activities of Bettany and Dunst. (Putu will also sit for the GRE soon...so Putu is both a puissant and perspicacious feline for the present moment). Here's a sneak preview of what to expect.

Putu's headed right back underneath that blanket where Putu will await further donations..


Putu's back from Bangalore, which is a nice city. The natives are friendly, the roads build personality and the auto drivers are polite and do not cause berserker rages like the ones in delhi. Putu especially enjoyed the traffic jams. Putu also bought quite a few new books, so all is well.
I will now curl up in a ball and go to sleep. The only known way to really wake me up is to give me the Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary edition, thus completing my collection. Well, now you know...
Since youre here, you might as well read about what we've talked about in the last two paragraphs...cities and legends. What the heck, theres also this thing about books women like which is also worth a glance.
Putu's also in a bit of a foul mood over the latest rejection, and so was much cheered by Hurree Babu's link to one of the rejection letters Ursula K LeGuin got once upon a time. Incidentally, does anyone else make up middle names for people with initials in the middle and then sort of stick to those even when you find out what the real ones are?
The great wizard who made Earthsea will always be Ursula Kumar LeGuin to me. And fond memories of first reading John Rocky Rambo Tolkien in 1991 still float back fondly...

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Its not exactly...

Rocket Science. Via the Mumpsimus. Have also put up links to GalleyCat, the new blog from the CoC blogger (Putu wishes, Putu does, that the Indian publishing marketplace had this sort of thing to offer). Also, conspiracy theory collections on this site, via Zigzackly.
Putu is off to Bangalore in a bit, and has heard they have good bookstores there. Its Putus first time (in Bangalore, not in bookstores) so general purring is happening.
BTW, in response to a mail from a Putu reader, when Putu has time (and yes, Putu has other things to do) Putu will start a digested read series...for now, if anyone who reads this blog would like to send in short, clawed synopsis of any book he or she has read, preferably something that will cause Zigzackly to spill more coffee on his keyboard, this is where you send them to.

Monday, September 13, 2004

What Ancient Civilization Are You?

You are the Romans. Once the greatest empire in the
world, your power stretched through out most of
Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near
East. (Putu cuts off long paragraphs of well-known history) As a Roman, you are proud, arrogant,
goal-oriented, argumentative, philosophical,
logical, rational, opinionated strong-willed, &
absolutely Hell-Bent on getting what you want,
and you will stop at little to obtain it. (Even
if it means resorting to lying, cheating,
stealing, conspiring, overthrowing, betrayal
and murder. Just as long as you don't get
caught, eh?)Your motto is "Carpe
Diem!", for those of you unversed in
Latin, "sieze the day!" (and anything
else that looks shiny, pretty, sexy, or
otherwise appealing.) You don't mean to be a
bad person, but you are like a sponge, quickly
soaking up the ideas, thoughts and propaganda
that surrounds you. You really would benefit
from some quiet time alone to meditate and form
your own thoughts and opinions. And dude, I can
totally see your junk through that toga.

What Ancient Civilization Are You?
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