Stranger than the strange is the fact that Puttappa, though had such influences, began to compose poems out of a non-poetic influence. He reminisces:
"As I remember, my first poem came into existence under a most non-poetic influence. A friend of mine was a student of history. Per se, history is not a subject that troubles the students. We were at the lower secondary class. A book entitled 'Hindu DEshada Charithreya SulaBa PAtagaLu' (Easy lessons on the history of the Hindu Nation) was the textbook. We read the book and enjoyed it as if we were reading a story or a novel. However, the difficult part of it was remembering the list of years and the list of Governor Generals that was of little use to us. We read the life history of Shivaji and the events related to the war of Panipath the same way as we enthusiastically read the novels. Even to a student like I who enjoyed reading stories, poetry, drama, and novels in English, reading history in English was too disenchanting. Then imagine the fate of other students who never touched any book other than their textbooks. That friend of mine learnt by heart the issues related to Akbar or Aurangazeb. That was his way of preparing for the examinations. But, everything evaporated as often as that. I told him: "I will write the substance of history in English in the form of a poem with rhythm and meter. It will be easier to read and learn the poem by heart. If you recite the poem, and understand it, it will be much easier to write." He happily agreed. I constructed few lines under a caption Akbar's tomb or Aurangazeb's tomb. The blessed one easily learnt it by heart and begged for more. I did it assuming as though I am an angel granting boons. I later learnt that it helped him in the examinations. Whatever it is, that laid foundation for my writing poetry in English.
[Picked from Shri K. C. Shiva Reddy's book - Ugada Kavi (Poet of the Era). Translated to english by Shri R Vijayaraghavan]