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Perl and the Last of the Neanderthals

Perl's Script Vol III
Type: Print Book
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Humor
Language: English
Price: ₹299 + shipping
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<strong>There’s a Neanderthal in my bed!</strong>

Like most women on their wedding night, Gloria Kryptopoulos comes to this routine, non-startling conclusion. But Gloria is not most women. She has a PhD in Anthropology, and her husband, a senile buffalo farmer, doubles as research specimen. Where the average susceptible young bride is filled with a kind of shrinking horror, this moment of epiphany affects Gloria the way an overflowing bathtub had a compatriot of hers, several centuries ago – a gent by the name of Aristotle. Like him, she springs up, uttering something unintelligible in Greek, and spends the next twenty years of her life trying to prove her hubby is the last surviving Homo Neanderthalensis, a leftover from a lost tribe of Neanderthals.

Flash-forward several years. Gloria is about to make public her epoch-making research findings at an international anthropological conference, when her research specimen-husband is kidnapped – by a jealous colleague with a permanently jaundiced view of life after having been dropped on his head as a baby.

Enter the Perl and Hari: software programmers, restaurateurs, scientific detectives. Gloria is impressed with their tracking down of a kidnapped buffalo. She hires them to track down her kidnapped buffalo-farmer husband.

Their search takes them to the glassy caverns of AARS, lined with bound back-volumes of Playboy, in the staid business districts of Singapore. As head of a premier anthropological organization, Shi Yi must know something of the kidnap, for he has a finger in every anthropological pie. But is he really on their side? Or is he hand-in-buffalo poop with the kidnapper?

It does not take them long to realize that they have not one, but three mad anthropologists to contend with, and that the answers lie deep in the virgin rainforests of Borneo.

And what do leading critics think of Neanderthal?
<strong>Telangana Herald: </strong>We’re really, absolutely sure it’s a book of some sort…

<strong>Farm & Ag Review:</strong> The author displays a remarkable breadth of expertise in livestock farming, turning this time to the care and upkeep of Neanderthals, which we have been given to understand is a prehistoric breed of milch cattle.

<strong>Daily BJ:</strong> OK – archeological sex. Now we’re getting somewhere. This fellow finally seems to be learning that sex is what our readers want to read.

<em>This is what the critics say about Neanderthal. And do you know what we say about critics? Read the book, kids. The last one to read it is a mad anthropologist.

About the Author

Pashupati “Poltu” Chatterji is in his forties. He describes himself as an overgrown teenager and an incurable Wodehouse addict. He spent the early part of his childhood in Africa, and later in Rajasthan, India. He grew up listening to the Goon Show and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on the BBC, and reading and re-reading the saga of Bertie Wooster and Lord Emsworth as the revealed gospel – something he continues doing to this day. All this deeply influences his humor writing. Other than the Perl books, he has written a humorous New Age book, some humor non-fiction and graphic novels. He is also a fairly useful cartoonist. He credits his Australian teacher at a Christian missionary school in Africa for imparting her enthusiasm for the comic strip, and revealing the inner beauty of the very best comic strips that takes them beyond being “merely” funny. Poltu considers Charles Schulz and Peanuts amongst his biggest influences – not only for the artwork, but also for Schulz’s approach to life, humor and storytelling.

In his former life, Poltu was, like Perl and Hari, a software engineer and manager based out of Bangalore. He worked almost two decades in German MNCs, including long stints in Munich. He has a number of technological innovations to his credit. Like Hari, Poltu managed to get himself laid off in 2006 in order to concentrate on his writing. In the story, Hari gives up on his writing in despair and gets together with Perl to create a tech startup. Poltu too – in moments of panic – got together with disparate bunches of guys (no Perl, unfortunately) to launch various ventures. But he backed off each time to persist with his writing. Writing about fellows who DO THINGS is a lot less stressful than doing it yourself, he has found. Perl too is drawn from real life. Possibly because Poltu, like Hari, is a harmless, muddle-headed ass, he seems to draw strong, colorful, protective women like moths to the flame. Perl has elements drawn from all the wonderful women who have loved him, helped him and guided him at various points in his life.

Poltu maintains a humor blog ( where he posts his cartoons and short comic pieces. Poltu is training to be a Blues guitarist. His musical influences are Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, BB King and Hendrix.

Poltu speaks English, German, French, Hindi, Bengali and smatterings of Kannada, Marathi and Swahili. He lives in Bangalore. He is divorced, without children.
He can be contacted via his website

Book Details

Number of Pages: 282
Dimensions: 6"x9"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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