“ Recently, I was surprised and upset to learn that there are similarities between some passages in my novel….& passages in these books” these are the words of Kaavya Viswanathan, which I just happened to see on the website after I published my previous post here. It is also reported that there are at least 29 passages that are strikingly similar. Well, I just wonder if that book published in 2001 had so much fame to be bought by a film making company but the fact is “ How opal Mehta got kissed, got wild and got a life” has it. Just go kaavya go!!
In a large enough world India and Indians including persons of Indian origin are always on the news, good or bad whatever it may be. This time it is 19-years-old Harvard sophomore, kaavya Viswanathan- an Indian American filling up the spaces in print media. But what’s put her on the story? She has penned her debut novel named “ how Opal Mehta Got kissed, Got wild and Got a life” published by Little, brown and co, in march. She is the youngest author signed by that publisher company in decades. And that’s not all!! Her story would be coming to a theater near you, days are far may be, as the movie rights of the story has already been bought by DreamWorks.
That gives much cheer to the Indian community wide spread across the world. This has raised her to the status of a star in the skies of English literature works. But with fame, pride and stardom comes allegations, altercations and controversies. Kaavya is no exception to this, after all none can be spared in this game called life.
Now a high decibel debate is being roared over the authenticity of her works. There are claims of similarities- of plot, characters, style and the language to a book published by author named Megan Mcafferty in 2001. this is the moment kaavya, a name to Indians proud, should display stoic endurance and get ahead with her creative prowess with added vigor. V.S Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy- looks like the list is to get longer. It augurs well that kaavya is a writer to be watched out for.
This entire nation runs on several systems. All this system constitute nation. One such system is political party. India, being constitutionally found on the platform of multi party system, has umpteen number of political parties. Each party can be categorized into some form or the other. To say some, it can be caste based, ideologically sui generis, splinter groups, etc. But now there is one political party which stands out from the rest in one way. Yes, I’m talking about the new party floated former students of IITs. It was only through a mail I came to know that they are contesting in up coming general elections from tamilnadu. Here is that mail:
Hi, We have a good chance to vote for the Lok Paritran a party started by 3 IIT students last November.....In chennai they are contesting the elections from
1. T Nagar 2. Mylapore 3. Park Town 4. Thousand Lights 5. Saidapet 6. Anna Nagar
Most of the Party leadership holds degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, and all of them have sacrificed lucrative opportunities both in India and abroad in order to participate in the Party. The President Tanmay Rajpurohit has returned to India leaving his PhD in Economics in the US in order to head this group.So if u r in any of the above places plz don hesitate to vote for Lok Paritran....also spread this word to Ur friends n neighbours in your locality and try to bring in a change...