Friday, May 19, 2006


I was thinking of writing this post for a long time. From the time I heard of Kavya Vishwanathan. A 19 year old girl, author of a bestseller and now accused of plagiarism. She has accepted that she indeed "have internalized Ms. McCafferty’s words". There are a number of instances in the novel(Though I haven't read it). But the most important point is that only the sentence formation and style of writing is similar and not the story plot. She has not picked sentence by sentence of the other novel, only writing style in some places.

I wonder how I would have completed my MBA but for google. Or if Microsoft remove its Control-C and Control-V shortcuts, how much difficult life for a MBA Grad would be. It is not about getting info from net and typing it. It is about taking the whole SWOT analysis of a company done by some other person and blindly placing it in our report. So management is just about teh ability to find the right info at right place. And thus most of us may be accused of plagiarism/theft.

The novel that i have found most interesting is Midnight Childeren by Sulman Rushdie. And I must confess that I did try to use his way of writing in my blog. The ideas and opinions are mine but writing style is his. The association between words and names, long but grammatically incorrect sentences, developing symbolic relationships between 2 different events, the simple satire told in way of some simple happening and all that stuff. But I do agree that Sulman Rushdie is a master in this and I am just a copycat.

That is what it is. Noone can write a bestseller just by copying someone else's material. Otherwise this would have been a very successful blog. Moreover the publisher has agreed to delete all the objectionable matl. So guess there is nothing more to discuss. And lets wish we would get some more of these bestsellers from the girl , offcourse now without any inspiration.

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Blogger MY VIEWS said...

i really liked your article...well written ,no matter you call it salman rushide style or something else....
The thoughts which comes in my mind when i think about kavya vishwanathan episode are -
1."every sort of publicity is good whether good or bad"
2."There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary"

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:14 PM  

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