I have often wondered as to what compels the likes of Baapi-da, Anu-sahab and their ilk to blatantly pilfer tunes from other sources.
Well I think I know. They were all “compelled to STEAL”, presumably by voices in their heads.
A few days ago, Sugata sent me a mail about a certain blogger who had copy-pasted the Desicritics crosspost of this article of mine in toto (of course claiming to have written it himself). When Sugata pointed it out to the blogger, this is what he wrote in reply. [all capitalizations are of the letter-writer]
Let me explain it to you why I did so. I am appearing for CAT this year and felt that writing on the latest political and social topics will help me in my prep for GD/PI. Hence I created this blog in the first place. I had never the faintest of idea that people apart from the one’s I know will be reading my blog.When I came across this article on DC, it really inspired me. It was written in such a mesmerizing fashion that I was compelled to STEAL. I know that I have done a very bad thing, I am truly ashamed it and such a wrong-doing will never happen from me again.
Please don’t judge me by that single post. I have removed that post from my blog and now I am writing one of my own. Do keep visiting my blog Sir and keep your HONEST comments coming.
I apologise for my misdeed.
What a lovely way to prepare for your GD/PI….by copy-pasting other people’s content.
This is not the first time I have been copied. I have had my Mithunism article come back to me, forwarded, with my name not there or seen places with parts of the Mithunism post and a few of my “Mithun reviews” being passed off as ‘original’. There is this guy called ‘Cut N Paste’ who posted my “A Brief History of the Vulgar Song” as his own here. (Thanks to Avantika for pointing it out). And as he gains ‘applause’ for his ‘original bit of research’ (according to the comments), he is also careful to remove a comment I had posted asking for credit for the piece. I also wrote a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (August 16) but that remained unanswered and the offending article has been allowed to stay on.
In contrast, this cool CAT above is contrite, has removed the offending post and come on, he just wanted to impress the people “he knew”…..that blogpost was not meant for us ! And that is why, mesmerized by the spirit of “Gandhigiri”, I embrace my plagiarizer virtually, decline to identify him by name, and wish him the best for a bright career as a management person.
He has certainly made the right start.