Thursday, May 25, 2006

Kaavya Vishwanathan Is Not Guilty (Pun Intended)

(The title is modified to clarify that this post was intended to be funny).

The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

I got this quote in a mail from A.Word.A.Day which prove that Kaavya Vishwanathan is not guilty of plagiarism.

I haven’t read her book, but would like to own it now as a Collector’s Item.

An afterthought: if I had the capacity of internalising books, Khalid Mohamed,
Sidney Sheldon and Harold Robins would have got a run for their money, as I always reread passages from their writings. Never had the patience for rereading any other authors.


silverine said...

I second that. But for a different reason. I read an article by Shobha De, in which she talks about the Publishing industry in the West and their modus operandi. It seems an 'author' is identified by the publisher to lend name for books that are already written by writers (hired by the publisher) and then released under the 'author's' name. The 'author' gets money and the publishers makes money. A win win situation. I don't think Kavyaa wrote a single line in that book.

josh said...

The episode represents the greed that floats about us, around us. William Morris agency prompted Viswanathan to work with Alloy Entertainment, a media firm responsible for 'packaging' books.

We would not know who actually wrote it. Nevertheless as a person who got paid and used her name, Kavya can't get away from the smoke.

For the publishers it's akin to betting. Eventually, the readers end up losing.

Paresh Palicha said...

Wow! Two of my favorite bloggers commenting on my post. Thanks.

I had planned a sarcastic post, but I guess it has got a serious tone. My nocturnal endeavor induced by insomnia failed. *Sigh*

We cannot absolve Kaavya in any way. She is responsible for whatever has happened.

We all may be influenced by writers. I for one am influenced by many. But cannot recollect a word of theirs when I begin to write and she claims to have internalised whole passages from other books. Ha… Ha… Haa…

Paresh Palicha said...

Silverine: I read a similar column in The Express. it seems that columnists also internalise each others ideas.

Velu Nair said...

i wish i cud it read it, though ~ plagiarised or whtever! the kind of hue and cry that was raised over the book, had me rushing to DC, to grab a copy, only to be told that it was withdrawn from the shelves a couple of days back!