Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The things people do to get a life....

I'm guessing that most of you would have heard about the plagiarism scandal involving Chennai born Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan. If you haven't, then you must not have been watching NDTV 24x7, which makes it a point to put 'Kaavya Cheated' in big, bold letters quite frequently at the bottom of the screen in their news bar. Very subtle. Anyway, there appears to be at least 40 instances of plagiarism in this book of 300 pages. That's a lot by any standard and when I heard that her publishers were pulling out the book from the shelves, I got a weird idea (not necessarily a smart one, I might add). I decided to buy this book now so that 10 years down the road I could like sell it on eBay for 3 times its current market value if not more. I mean, nothing sells like a plagiarised book.

So I went to Landmark in Citi Center (Wow, its huge!) wondering whether they would have removed the books already. On expected lines, it was displayed as their featured book. Hmmm, bad publicity is not always that bad if you are a new writer who can't write. So, I bought the book with my Machiavellian intentions and I finished reading it overnight. I personally found the book to be quite a bore, filled with the same stuff that appears in all these so called 'chic-lit' novels. Yep, it was recycled rubbish. I really do not think it would have been so hard for Kaavya to come up with original stuff. I mean writing about characters wearing clothes with playboy bunnies on them, c’mon! If you are gonna plagiarise stuff like that, God help you! So if you’re planning on buying this book for non-investment reasons (considering Landmark is still selling it), I seriously dissuade you from doing that. Buying an ice cream would be money well spent, I feel. Has Chennai always been this hot!!

P.S: My 100th post! A nice moment. As I always say, “Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.” Ok fine, I didn’t say it. I may have just internalized Ms. Rose Kennedy’s words ; )

14 comments:

Gaya said...

I'd pick up that book simply coz I'm curious about why is caused suck a ruckus in the first place... But for now I think I'll stick with that ice cream :)

Vishal said...

:D.. me also sticking with ice cream.. and if gets to be worth anythin i'd steal it.. now that i kno where to find it :P.. and congrats on 100.!!

Antarius said...

I may have just internalized Ms. Rose Kennedy’s words ; )

hahahaha. Too good. Kinda sucky book... HOWAL it seems.. HOW such a GAL wrote such a crappy book i should think :D

Neon said...

@gaya,
Yep, all this publicity does make buying the book seem very tempting. Good choice about the ice cream I might add.

@vishal,
Thanks about the hundred thingie, not so much about the stealing part :)

Neon said...

@Antarius,
Yep, they should put me in Harvard instead of her. I dont think ive ever plagiarised...yet

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Ben said...

and mate congratulations on your 100th post...and i am almost there...hmmm it seems like it is a mad rush...
and what do you think of abortion...
have your say...

http://shamben.blogspot.com/2006/04/silent-screams.html

cheers

Neon said...

Thanks ben

Ben said...

most welcome mate...and thanks for leaving a comment...

Siddhu said...

Hahahahahahaha!!

You actually bought that book. Awesome post!

Asta la Vista (my turn to internalize the words of that intellectual giant, Arnie.)

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