The Art of Purring Book Review and a Comment-a-thon!

December 20, 2013

By Julia Williams

Because it’s the giving season, CANIDAE decided to hold a comment-a-thon to benefit PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support)! I’ll give you all the important details for that below. But first, I want to tell you about a pawsome novel that should be on the bookshelf of every cat lover.


The Dalai Lama’s cat is back, which makes me so happy that I’m purring! Not actually purring, mind you, but metaphorically. I was over the moon when I received my copy of The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring, because it’s a sequel to one of the best books I read in 2013.

In that first book, The Dalai Lama’s Cat, I met and fell in love with a witty, wise and mischievous feline who “had me at hello.” She’s every bit as charming in this delightful new book, which also offers pearls of Buddhist wisdom from a cat’s point of view. The principles are sprinkled so subtly throughout the book that you may not even be consciously aware of them, but they will have a lasting impact nonetheless.

The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring offers gentle but profound lessons about life and most importantly, happiness – where it comes from, how to be joyful not just in the moment but for a lifetime, and how to discover more of the things that make you purr. Although the Dalai Lama’s cat walks on four legs instead of two, the wisdom she uncovers through various events can be applied to all of our lives.

My only disappointment is that the Dalai Lama was absent for most of the book, having left on a trip at the start of the story and returning just a few pages from the end. I do understand the point for his absence – a valuable lesson learned – but I loved the interaction of the Dalai Lama and Little Snow Lion (his affectionate name for the cat) in the first book, and was hoping for more of that.

This is a great read that is thoroughly engaging from beginning to end. I came to care deeply about not just the central character, the Dalai Lama’s cat, but all of the others who reside in McLeod Ganj where the novel takes place. When the last page was turned, I felt satisfied that all of the loose ends were tied up but also a bit wistful; I wanted the sweet cat and her cohorts to stick around for awhile longer, because I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye.

If you loved the first book, this sequel will be equally enchanting. If you haven’t yet read The Dalai Lama’s Cat, I suggest getting them both and reading them in order. You can enjoy one without the other, of course, but you’ll be missing out on a wonderful reading experience. And if you have cat-loving friends on your Christmas list, give them one or both of these books if you want to make them purr!

This book was sent to me by the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


For every comment received on this post (one per person, please) between now and December 27th, CANIDAE will donate one bag of their premium dog food or cat food (up to 200 bags!) to PAWS, a charity whose mission is “to preserve, support and nurture the human-animal bond for those most vulnerable in our community.”

PAWS provides needed companion animal services to low-income San Franciscans, including those who are chronically ill, frail, and isolated by disease or age, so they can continue to benefit from the healing power and unconditional love of their beloved pets.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, which will help lots of hungry kitties and doggies enjoy some really tasty and nutritious CANIDAE pet food in the New Year! Also, please subscribe to the RPO blog so you won’t miss any of our great articles. We offer a nice mix of informative articles on pet care, humor posts, fun quizzes, uplifting stories, interviews with extraordinary animals, and so much more!

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  1. eleonora says:

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Well written!

  2. Eric says:

    I use Candidae!

  3. Victoria says:

    My esteem for Canidae continues to grow. Best of luck!

  4. Deb Paraiso says:

    Thanks for the review on The Art of Purring. Can’t wait to read it, but first The Dalai Lama’s Cat. Thanks so much to CANIDAE for helping out PAWS too!!

  5. Godiva says:

    Thank you Canidae and PAWS!

  6. thanks for the book review and thank you even more for wanting to help feed animals!!! We hope our comment helps you get lots of bags of foods!!!

  7. Howard Edelman says:

    Thank you for your generosity to PAWS. From personal experience, I can tell you that the bond between a person and pet is something that is special and unique. I couldn’t imagine being without any of my pets when I’m healthy, but even more so if I was ill in any way. PAWS keeps people and their pets together in times of need like this by providing care and food, and CANIDAE, you are doing a wonderful thing by helping with such a generous food donation. I have purchased your products for my doggies and I know you provide quality in your ingredients so it’s not “just” food, but it is GOOD food. Bless you.

  8. Fafa says:

    Wonderful idea!

  9. Michele in Alameda says:

    Looks like a really cute book.
    And thank you for thinking of PAWS!
    It is a terrific organization that does just so much good for pets and people!

  10. Rainbow says:

    Very pleased to support such a good cause.
    Purrs … Rainbow

  11. Nick S. says:

    PAWS is always rockin it!

  12. Kelley says:

    Thank you for this wonderful act of giving to PAWS! Great book review as well:)!

  13. Anthony Ramon says:

    Such a great thing to be doing!!

  14. Kristen says:

    What a wonderful thing to do!

  15. cat lincoln says:

    Sounds like a great book, and I’m so glad to see you’re helping PAWS! Thanks for doing this!

  16. Clooney says:

    The books both sound wonderful for sure! Hope your Comment-A-Thon is a huge success! Merry Catmas and Merry Christmas!

  17. Rachel says:

    Merry Christmas! 🙂

  18. dave m says:

    Petting a cat is a great introduction to mindfulness meditation. Prrrrrr…..

  19. Wishbones says:

    Hope you reach your goal! What a wonderful cause.

  20. Marci says:

    Great idea!

  21. Natalie says:

    I get to spend the holidays with Guido! I’m so excited! This is such a great idea that goes toward a great organization! Merry Christmas!

  22. Angel MoMo says:

    This is a great idea to benefit PAWS. We love PAWS. Thankyou for the review. Happy Holidays to all furries and their families!

  23. Ripley Redford says:

    What a spectacular idea — warm wishes from our little pack to all of you and the wonderful folks at PAWS!!!

  24. flicka47 says:

    The books sound like a very enjoyable read! Hope your Christmas is very special!

  25. Finnegan says:

    Looks great! thanks for helping the group!

    Finny, Buddy and Jazzy

  26. Lauri n Paqari says:

    Thank you so much for your generous offer! I’m also flagging the website so we can return to read it all!

  27. TK says:

    I loved both these books! I’ve read them several times.
    Thank you for taking care of the shelter animals, you all are the best!!!
    Happy Holidays.

  28. Cory says:

    purrrrr, wanted to make sure I get my purrs counted to help kitties get much needed food!

    Merry Christmas Eve!

    Cory and family

  29. I love that Canidae is doing this. Way to partnership and help PAWS.
    Much Love,
    Mama Mindy of The Slimmer Pugs & Purrs

  30. DtD and Mari says:

    Love the story The Dali Lama’s Cat! Read it three times. We love Canidae too! Pure Sea is Grazie’s favorite <3

  31. Marlene says:

    lst time visitor but I will be back. Thank you Canidae.

  32. Bellen says:

    I hope Canidae has a lot of cat-food ready, considering the number of comments here. This is a wonderful Christmas gift to needy felines. Have a happy Yuletide and a peaceful new year!

  33. Mitzi Frank says:

    What a great way to help out PAWS!

  34. The first book, Dali Lama’s Cat, is one of my favorite books and I recommend it all the time! Can’t wait to read the second. I am not familiar with Canadae, but I love what they are doing!

  35. sANDRA says:

    Wow a wonderful gesture from Canidae , hope PAWS receive as much food as possible, thanks to Canidae for their generosity

  36. jill says:

    thanks for all you do for the kitties!

  37. Peggy's Place says:

    thank you for your generosity.

  38. We don’t know Canidae products, but paws up for their generosity and for helping furry pals in need ! Purrs

  39. DtD and Mari says:

    The Dali Lama’s Cat is a beautiful story. I’ve read it three times. Very inspiring and filled with wisdom.

  40. Jovan Benson says:

    It sounds like a very book to read. I wonder if they have it on audible.

  41. We think it’s wonderful that you’re helping PAWS!!

    That sounds like an interesting book, too. 🙂

  42. Mary says:

    Thanks for supporting PAWS!

  43. Cheysuli says:

    We are looking forward to the second book. We quite liked the first. Maybe someone will get it for Christmas!

  44. Glogirly says:

    A beautiful book and an even more beautiful commentathon!
    YAY PAWS!!!

    Merry Christmas xo

  45. Here that Peepers? When I purr, it’s a work of art.


  46. Debbie says:

    A wonderful thing you are doing here! Happy Meows 🙂

  47. Sparkle says:

    I always love a good commenthon! Plus I love the Caniade products, especially the grain-free canned cat food, so I am happy to support them.

  48. Jane Wiedlin says:

    A Buddhist cat? Now I’ve heard everything! 😉

  49. nikki stewart says:

    These books sound incredibly awesome…They sound perfect for a friend of mine who just had to put her kitty to sleep today 🙁 Thanks so much to Canidae who is providing all this food to PAWS, a wonderful charity organization..they do such wonderful work. Canidae is awesome food..I fed it to my dogs for years, until they both needed to go on prescription food! Thanks again Canidae for all that you do.

  50. Phoenix BlackHawk says:

    Mans friend the kitten
    Lives nine lives.
    Man one, three score and ten.
    Man claims the ownership of earth,
    Of every glebe and glen.
    What modest claims do kittens make?
    The ownership of men.

  51. Mark says:

    Give Pets Are Wonderful Support pet food for their clients, please abs thank you

  52. Fantastic!! Merry Christmas. Hope you hit your goal.

    Mona, Prissy & the Mommy too!!

  53. A Buddhist kittie. Interesting idea. We may have to check these books out some time.

    ppuurrrrrrrrsss on the commentathon.

  54. Peggy's Place says:

    what a wonderful thing you’re doing 🙂

  55. Alyssa says:

    What a great idea, and a lovely book.
    Merry Christmas 🙂

  56. Dee W says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to help the pets and their people. Merry Christmas!

  57. High paw to Canidae for showing such support to shelter pets!

  58. Lynn says:

    Merry Christmas and a special thank you to all those dedicated to rescuing and caring for and adopting our furry friends. God has a special place for your in heaven.

  59. Tara Whitefield says:

    I am now an official fan of Canidae for nourishing the companion animals of low-income and disabled PAWS clients! Great work!! I also had no idea the Dalai Lama has a cat, what a great sounding book! I’ll have to check it out.

  60. Let’s keep those comments going!! paw on!

  61. ThePetMuseum says:

    I would love to read both these books. I need to find them and do so!
    Happy holidays to you and yours, and all friendly souls here who love and care for pets and animals.

  62. pk says:

    Nice ‘teaser’ review. The book sounds very interesting.

  63. This sounds like a good book that we’ll have to check out! Thanks for letting us know about it.

  64. De (@Skye613) says:

    What a wonderful thing !

  65. bichonpawz says:

    You guys really are AWESOME! Thank you so much and happy holidays!

  66. Oh Hai! I am a kitteh who looks just like this! Mai name is Buddha, or Bhu for short. Mai mom sez we can help feed lots of kittehs if we make a comment. I will try to send more furrends over to make even more comments so kittehs can eat! xxoo

  67. nancy armeli says:

    Not only a generous donation ,but wonderfully healthy food for shelter animals. Thank you for this Christmas spirit for the fur babies.

  68. The OP Pack says:

    Mom always enjoys a good book, but we aren’t so sure we want her snuggling up with cats:)

    Great cause from Canidae – good luck with your commentathon.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  69. Millie says:

    Thank you for telling me about this book. I’ll be sure to get it and read it.

    Happy Holidays.

  70. Lisa D says:

    I can hardly wait to read the book!! Thank you for your generosity & Merry Christmas!!

  71. Boris Kitty says:

    Wow what a wonderful post. The book sounds interesting and we all get to help animals too!

  72. Snow says:

    Wow! this is wonderful!!! Merry Christmas to all and espeically to Canidae for their generosity!

  73. Karen Jo says:

    The books sound great. I will remember to put them on my “to look for” list. Canidae is doing a wonderful thing with this comment-a-thon. I hope you get lots and lots of comments.

  74. Timmy Tomcat says:

    I loved the first book and will be running out to get this one
    Thanks so much
    Timmy Tomcat

  75. Jodie Nezdoba says:

    Merry Xmas! You guys are awesome!

  76. Angel Abby says:

    That is a fantastic review and I think I may just have to get that book!
    Hoping for a fantastic and very successful commentathon. Hope this Holiday is filled with peace.

  77. Old Kitty says:

    What a brilliant commentathon! And thank you for the review and info about the sequel to the Dalai Llama’s Cat! Take care

  78. Anna Moriarty says:

    This sounds like a book for my sister-in-law. She has 5 kitties. As far as Canidae is concerned my pups enjoy the canned food very much.

  79. Maria says:

    Thank you for doing this it’s sooo AWESOME!!!!

  80. The book sounds really good.
    The commentathon is a super idea too 🙂
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure,Tiger and JJ
    and Angel Tillie

  81. what an interesting book and I hope you have a pawsome holiday!!!

  82. This is a great thing you are doing!!

  83. Sam says:

    Commenting for a great cause- love this idea!

  84. Sass and Lou says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book; thank you for bringing it to everyones’ attention. I hope, also, that this comment-a-thon is a rousing success!

  85. Katie Isabella says:

    I love this and thank you for doing this!!!

  86. Kim says:

    What a great idea! Fantastic way to support pets in need!

  87. Liza Frakes says:

    Totally great idea, I’m on board with this.

  88. cynfulmagic says:

    I am now looking for these books, too late for Christmas, but birthdays coming soon!

  89. Melissa says:

    This is absolutely fantastic. Thank you, Canidae!!!

  90. Kaz's Cats says:

    Thanks to Canidae for the food, and thanks for the review – I’ve been meaning to buy the first book for a while, so now I guess I’ll have to buy both!

  91. Khyra says:


    Woo KNOW I’m all about anything purry!!!!

    Best wishes fur more food fur those khanines and khats in need –


  92. Laurie Johnson says:

    Thank you for your Generosity to this deserving organization! Also thanks for the great book tip!

  93. Thank you for the review!

  94. Jane Flanigan says:

    What a wonderful idea and a great cause.

  95. Maggie says:

    The books sound very interesting. I will look forward to reading them.
    I’m so glad you are helping people take care of their cats.
    Thank you!

  96. Shari says:

    Merry Christmas. Thank you for supporting PAWS. My guys love your food!

  97. Britt says:

    I love this idea! So thoughtful

  98. DonnaLouise says:

    Thanks for everything you do for cats!

  99. Amanda says:

    My dogs love this food! So happy to hear you will be donating to dogs in need!

  100. sherri says:

    What an awesome idea.

  101. Amanda says:

    what a great way to help out the animals during the holiday season!

  102. Jo McKnight says:

    The cat books sound very interesting and I would certainly like to read those. Good luck on the comments.

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  103. Megan says:

    Here’s my comment to help a wonderful cause.

  104. Asta says:

    Thank you for this wonderful review. It sounds like a beautiful book well worth reading.
    Sending you love for the holidays
    Smoochie kisses

  105. Lola King says:

    Wonderful idea!

  106. LP says:

    Great idea! We know all those animals will appreciate it as will all the volunteers who help them!

    the critters in the cottage xo

  107. Lee says:

    A comment-a-thon. Well here is my comment ~ I am a dog. I think the book sounds quite witty.
    Sweet William The Scot

  108. Cat Hamlin says:

    Oh! We love a good book and especially one that has a happy end!! We also love it when needy kitties and doggies get food! Thank you for this!! We don’t care if it is food for dogs or cats (we are dogs and cats in our house)…just that no one goes hungry!!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!!
    Tiny, Ellwood, Ginger, Elioth and Chouchou

  109. Cinnamon says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to support a great organization.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  110. We think this is a wonderful idea, and we hope you reach your goal.


    Grace & Company

  111. Our mom LOVED this book as much as the first! We are happy to help support PAWS and the good work they do!

  112. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    total lee awesum N merry christmas two everee one at PAWS

  113. Flynn says:

    Another comment for another bag of food. Canidae are very generous.

  114. Julie says:

    Happy to help hungry animals in need! Merry Christmas!

  115. Carol Pugh says:

    This is fabulous. Thank you. Hugs Carol

  116. Amy Orvin says:

    Merry Christmas to all that you touch! My heart goes out to all of those sweet animals! God bless them all!

  117. Sue Brandes says:

    Merry Christmas. What a great thing to do.

  118. Sandra D says:

    Thank you for supporting PAWS and Happy Holidays to all!

  119. PAWS is a great organization and needs your help!

  120. Tully says:

    Thank you for helping our fellow furs out with your food donation – Meowy Catmas!

  121. Debbie Henson says:


  122. Looks like some good reads. What a beautiful Siamese on the cover. I’ll share this to try to get even more comments. How wonderful!

  123. michele janetzke says:

    Wonderful idea. Happy Holidays!

  124. patches Brown says:

    very cool of Canidae!

  125. Daschund Owner says:


  126. Karis says:

    Very generous of you Canidae to donate so much food. Thank you!!

  127. Crepes says:

    Please add another bag of food! Great idea! Love it. – Crepes.

  128. Katie says:

    Another bag of food donated 😉

  129. Rhond Lynn says:

    Thank you for all you do for animals and their people!!!!

  130. Kelly says:

    God bless you! It’s wonderful to see such generosity!!!!!!!!!!

  131. Cheryl Parrish says:

    I love the food for my cats. I’m so happy you help animals and people.

  132. ALS says:

    Canidae is THE best pet food period!

  133. Joan J says:

    What a great way to make a difference! Thanks Canidae.
    The books sound great!

  134. BobbieK says:

    Happiest of Holidays to everyone and much success in the coming year. Lots of love and gentleness for all dogs…and ahem….CATS! :))))

  135. Karen M Lisa says:

    They sound wonderful. Can’t wait to read them.

  136. betty resch says:

    Thank you for your good deeds. Best wishes to everyone both furred and humans, for a peaceful and well fed New Year

  137. Beth Mitchell says:

    What a wonderful idea for a wonderful cause.

  138. Laural says:

    Thank you for your generosity!

  139. Devina Burnett says:

    Please help these animals get food.

  140. TK says:

    Purrfect review for one of my favorites.
    Can’t wait to start the sequel.

  141. jen says:

    What a great idea! Thanks Canidae.

  142. Maggie B. says:

    Our little critters love your products! We wish you a very Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth.

  143. Tess says:

    This is wonderful. Wish we could feed and house them all.

  144. Linda S. says:

    This sounds like a book I need to check out. Thanks for the information, and most importantly, for donating food for animals.

  145. Moxie says:

    What a wonderful idea. Paws up from me. I was a rescue and now I live with my forever family. I love them and nd they love me.

  146. I HAVE CAT says:

    Thank you so much for donating food to the kitties! Well done!

  147. terrie says:

    What a wonderful cause.
    donate a bag for me.
    I personally feed canidae to my dogs

  148. Debbie G says:

    All animals deserve a warm bed and a full tummy. This is a great cause!

  149. Jeanne D'Angelo says:

    What a great cause ! Thanks Canidae – donate a bag for me !

  150. Christine says:

    What a great chance to make a difference

  151. Charlene B says:

    Love my pound puppies.

  152. TK Frost says:

    I think it’s great that Canidae is donating food to dogs that need it!

  153. Shelly Dinning says:

    I love this!

  154. Lisa K says:

    Good on you for the donations!!! Thank you!!!

  155. Tiffany says:


  156. Jenn says:

    Great! Now I have to go out and buy two more books (since I don’t have the first book)! Thanks Julia! LOL Always looking for good reads, and this one sounds great!

  157. Grace says:

    This is great!

  158. Sherri Sachs says:

    Thank you for the information about this book – and for donating.

  159. maxiodie says:

    I love cats

  160. Maria Appleby says:

    Best wishes for this fabulous comment-a-thon endeavor, thank you Canidae!

  161. Jessica says:

    Beautiful cat! Sounds like a wonderful book; after the holidays, I’ll check it out!

  162. Joey Fritsch says:

    Oh tank you so muchlies Canidae fur da halp you is givings to PAWS! Mommy gots to takes a tour of PAWS when she in San Furrancisco and she say is jus meowvalous da necessary yet often furgotten work dey does fur people in needs. <3

  163. momsbusy says:

    thanks for the review. they sound like they would both be good reads.

    special thanks to canidae for their generous donation.

  164. Sharon Kinver says:

    What a furtastic idea want to get this book happy Christmas to you all

  165. Oh I love the idea of this book and am going to find it online. Thank you for a lovely review!


  166. Victoria Winslow says:

    there is nothing more soothing than a purring cat!

  167. Nancy Vehrs says:

    Best wishes for the comment-a-thon! Thanks to Canidae for the donations.

  168. meowmeowmans says:

    That book sounds amazing. We’ll have to look for it!

    Great job, Canidae – we bet this will really help the animals at Pets Are Wonderful Support (P.A.W.S.). 🙂

  169. What a wonderful way to help needy kitties.

  170. Cathy Keisha says:

    Is that really the Dalai Lama’s cat? It sounds like a wonderful book cos TW is a big fan of the Dalai Lama. Wish I’d thought of that book cos I know someone who prolly would’ve liked it for Christmas.

  171. Deborah Darsie says:

    Sounds like a delightful pair of books. Sounds like I have two new additions on my ‘Want to read’ list!

    And what a fabulous way to help the animals at PAWS as well!!!!

    Thank you for that!

  172. Kevin Kosik says:

    What a great and generous promotion! Thank you Canidae for helping those people and pets in need at PAWS!

  173. We gotta get mum to put this on her “read it” list.

  174. julie & dolly says:

    Poochas gracias for helping “PAWS” Pets Are Wonderful Support”! Thank you, Canidae!

  175. Janice says:

    What a wonderful opportunity to help. Thank you for this Canidae.

  176. Liz says:

    What a wonderful sounding book! I love listening to my kitties’ purr songs. I will be sure and look for the book, and I thank you so much for your generous donation to help P.A.W.S.

  177. JOeY says:

    🙂 wHut a niCe thIng tO dO, heLpiN fEed sHeLter peTs!

  178. What a nice thing to do for the cats. We hope you gets LOTS of comments.

    That sure sounds like a good book. I hadn’t heard of the Dalai Lama’s Cat before.

  179. Tango says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Adopt a forever companion this winter, it will warm you heart.

  180. That sounds like a good book we are putting it on Mommy’s reading list.

  181. Guido Basolo says:

    Catzowey! I luvs thizza COMMENT-A-THON and I luvs luvs luvs helping PAWS “Pets Are Wonderful Support” get my favorite food in their food bank 🙂

  182. Bella Herr says:

    We will purchase your food next time. Love good companies who give back!

  183. Guido Basolo says:

    Catzowey! I’ma asking Santy Paws to bring me dat book! And pssst -it’s PAWSatively meowvalous Canidae donating food to my favorite PAWS “Pets Are Wonderful Support” 🙂

  184. Katie Isabella says:

    I am so proud of them for doing that!!!

  185. What a sweet thing for Canidae to do. Happy holidays to you all 🙂

  186. Random Felines says:

    Mom said she is going to have to look for both of those books. And we live helping a good cause!

  187. Jackster Lecat says:

    It sounds like a wonderful book! Thank you for donating food to needy animals.

  188. Great review and believe it or not, with the well over 100 books I have reviewed on both blogs…these 2 I haven’t read….go figure!
    Love the commentathon!

  189. This sounds like an interesting book. The mom says she will look for it.

  190. Monte says:


  191. Cherri Megasko says:

    What a great thing you’re doing. Thanks for caring!

  192. Brian Frum says:

    That sounds good and we did like the first book!

  193. Ingrid King says:

    Wonderful review! I, too, loved both of the books.

  194. Angie says:

    This book sounds really cute. And I call my two huskies Snow Lions too, so there’s that!

  195. lostAnnfound says:

    I still haven’t read the first one, but I have put both on my short list of to-be-read books. Thanks for this most generous comment-athon!! Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

  196. Sandra Akoury says:

    I need to read this book to my cats!

  197. DMatsuura says:

    Please leave lots of comments for PAWS. They are a great organization and Thank You CANIDAE for helping them out this Holiday Season.

  198. Fuzzy Tales says:

    Thank you for the review! I haven’t yet read The Dalai Lama’s Cat, but it’s been on my “buy” list for a while. So I think I’ll have to treat myself this holiday and get both!

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday, whatever you celebrate. Here’s to a successful commentathon and a fantastic new year. 🙂