Interview with Ganga Bharani: @ganga_bharani : who says that Nikita Singh has got the Inspiration from an earlier work of hers which she read couple of years Back.
There are news about Nikita Singh latest work's Right Here Right Now Ideas being picked up from an earlier work by Ganga Bharani.We Spoke with Ganga Regarding the same and got to know certain Facts about the same as well.She did submitted the proofs and we are publishing the same.We are not publishing this Interview to malign or to publicise anyone , We are doing a plain interview and publishing the same unedited.The Views expressed below are solely by Ganga Bharani.We Can only say that we dont Support Plagiarism and are strictly against it.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself ,your blog(s)/website(s), and your aspirations and your hobbies!!
I am a simple girl with complicated dreams. I have a book published but I still don't call myself a writer. It takes many books to realize for ourselves if we are the "Writer" that the word actually means; so I have a few more to go before I call myself one. I love to make short films and videos as a hobby. Two of my short films have won awards at WE CARE international film festival. I work as a software engineer and I love my job.
My dream to become a writer began with the hobby of writing articles to newspapers. When those articles were published in various newspapers like The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle and the like I gained a lot of confidence. I created a blog to archive the rejected articles. That's how it all started. Now, I am running towards my dream of becoming a chief guest at my (when I have one) kid's school function (To be worthy of it).
That's pretty much about me.
2. How you first got to know that your content had been copied or plagiarized.
I won't say copied or plagiarized because I am really confused with those words. According to my understanding reading something and then intentionally using it without giving credits is plagiarism; be it the plot or even as small as a character sketch. Plagiarism, according to me, is not just something that is related to words but something that's majorly related to the "INTENTION".
When this book was a manuscript, I had sent the first few chapters to Grapevine on 15th January, 2013, as a part of my proposal. On 4th March 2013 I received a reply from Nikita Singh, Editor Grapevine saying that the editors enjoyed reading my manuscript and they would like to take a look at the entire manuscript before making a final decision.
My mail to Grapevine:
While I was still waiting for their reply, I met with another publisher, Tales4 Publication, and they were ready to publish the book in a traditional way, without getting a single rupee from me. So I thought it would be right to check with Grapevine and keep them informed about the other publisher. I mailed them asking for an update. In reply to that, I got a rejection mail from a different editor, below is the screenshot of the rejection mail. I am a sport and it's okay to get rejected.
In December 2013, I got my book, Just you, me and a secret published with Tales4 Publications.
28th April 2014: I saw a poster that Nikita published on her Facebook page promoting her book. Below is the poster I am referring to. The synopsis of the book was a lot similar to my book. I got a little doubtful and sent a mail both to you and Grapevine to receive nothing in response. The mail was sent with the subject, 'Doubt of plagiarism' and yet both the publishers ignored my mails. I did not mention such a doubt anywhere in social media respecting the publisher and writer. I didn't want to jump to conclusions before I checked it.
I, calmly, waited till the book titled 'Right here, right now' got published. A lot of blogger friends told me how so much similar the two stories are. I read the book myself and was shocked. The plot, the narrator chosen to narrate, the theme and mood of the story and most importantly first chapter, including the tiny details in it were just like my book.
For instance, in my book I have spoken about the beeping sound, ECG to the "right". The same details are in the epilogue and the beginning of the first chapter of the other book. I have also attached a screenshot of a reviewer's comment about both the books.
First chapter of my book, Just you me and a secret:
First chapter of Nikita's Right here, Right now:
I need to mention Sachin Garg the owner of Grapevine replied to another mail had sent saying that Nikita is not with them anymore. It was also mentioned that Right here, Right now was published under Penguin's banner and they can't do much about it.
The point I am trying to make is that she has read my manuscript, which is clear from the mail she has sent. After a few days she publishes a book with a very similar plot. How often do two people, who write a story with an amnesiac protagonist, start with the same hospital scene. Okay, let's say this is common. But how often do they write about just the same details in almost the same style? Considering that she has read my manuscript already, how far can we consider this coincidental?
We budding writers actually research the market to understand what sells and what doesn't. We spend years in coming up with a plot that's not much touched upon by the Indian market. We take years in finding a publisher. If it was rejected I won't flare up and falsely blame. I am a sport I can assure you that. But when we send to the publisher and the writer, who is also the editor there, sends a mail asking for full manuscript, then the next book she writes is of the same concept are we not supposed to question? If it was the same concept I won't call it a act to be questioned. The first chapter clearly reveals the intention. I am against that intention.
Also the publishers (Both penguin and mainly grapevine) did not take this seriously when I had mailed. They might say that they receive 100 such mails about being plagiarised. But I am sure they get 10 times more number of manuscripts a day. It's their duty to protect those 1000 writer's who send their manuscripts with trust by replying to the 100 mails about plagiarism.
With what trust will we send the manuscripts to them? I might not be a famous writer, maybe I won't even turn into one, let's say. What if a highly potential person sends a concept that's not like anything in the Indian market in the recent times and what if that ends up like this?
Also, what if Nikita's book had the same story as mine? The publishers did not even check it when I had mailed. If they had now they would have confidently said it is not plagiarism. If that was the case her book would have got published and even if I file a case I won't be able to publish my work. (Thank God! It was already published.)
My question here is, if I am an editor of a reputed publishing house I get to read manuscripts of budding writers every day. Am I allowed to pick the concept I like the most, reject it and then write a book with the same plot but a story of my style? Will this not question the way we need to feel protected in sending manuscripts to publishers?
Another question I have is, if a not-so-famous writer has a concern of plagiarism which involves a famous writer, will it not be taken seriously by the publishers? My mail was not replied to.
If this is the case, editors are free to reject good concepts and make use of it quickly in their book. They will obviously get it published before the struggling writer approaches another publisher, in my case it was luckily quick. So, this will make the editor have an edge over the writer to get appreciated for the concept. The pain for the other writer doesn't stop there, when she/he publishes the original work, people will say it's similar to the famous author's book. How are we, writers, protected today?
I am not saying the entire story of Right here, right now was lifted from my book. All I am saying is I am against the intention.
3. What did you do about it?
After receiving no response from the publishers, I posted it on facebook but did not get an support at that time. I thought I won't be able to fight against big names and people won't actually try to understand what I am trying to say, so left it there.
On 11th February, I was tagged in twitter to promote her book, the same one I am complaining about and I got really annoyed. I felt humiliated. But keeping quiet about this was even more humiliating. I thought I should voice about it with all the proofs on social media though I assumed no one will relate to what I am talking about; THE INTENTION though the stories are different. To my surprise, people understood it very well, a lot of them supported me including your site which came forward to give me a chance to voice it here.
Penguin then tweeted asking me for all the proofs and the details to be mailed. I have mailed it to them. I hope they will do justice being such a reputed publisher.
4. What is the proof of the accusation ?
I have attached all the proofs in my previous replies. The first chapter being very similar and the plot being same, considering her reply confirming that she has read my manuscript and the timing of the book being published a few months right after the reply from her makes it more intentional than coincidental.
5. Did you try contacting Nikita Singh Directly over email or twitter or facebook.?
I thought it was not professional to directly mail her asking if she had done. So I just mailed the publishers and waited enough assuming someone would take action for me until I understood that if someone would talk for me it would be ME. I tweeted two days back asking where she got the concept from and if she remembers reading my manuscript. That's where everything started. She is yet to respond.
6. Why don't you plan to send a legal notice , that must not be a problem ?
Penguin has replied to my mail, NOW, saying that they will look into this and get back. I will wait to know what they decide before I decide what I need to do.
7. Did you try contacting other publishing agencies and sellers like flipkart etc ?
No. I don't think contacting Flipkart will solve the issue. Also, when people involved don't take it seriously, like Grapevine and Penguin, how will others take it seriously.
9. What do you want if they agree that the accusation is actually correct ?
Right now I got what I wanted. As I have already said in social media they should not easily do this and take struggling writers for granted. I wanted them to understand that we struggling writers won't let it go easily without being a pain by voicing it, out of fear. I think I have made that very clear to them.
10. Do you feel demotivated that its been done to you or are you motivated enough
to fight for justice ?
I am not demotivated as my book got published before hers and mine has a different story. Also the reviews I have got so far are very encouraging an positive.
I feel stronger after the kind of response I got from people in social media. I was happy that people understood what I pointed out as a mistake from their side; THE INTENTION.
11. What do you have to say if some one calls it fake publicity?
If all I wanted was publicity I would have planned and executed this a long time ago. I never had this in mind. Opening up was not planned. It was a sudden outburst seeing someone tagging me to promote that book. Also, if you still think it's all for publicity all I can say is everything stated above are facts and I don't fear being called names for raising my voice for my right and fellow writers' rights.
Similarities between Right here, right now and my book, Just you, me and a secret:
1. Clearly first chapters are very similar.
Similarities between Right here, right now and my book, Just you, me and a secret:
1. Clearly first chapters are very similar.
2. In the second chapter of my book I have written a scene with the laptop. It can be read here http://scribbledbygb.blogspot.co.uk/…/just-you-me-and-secre… A scene in Right here Right now is very similar to this scene.
My argument here is, it's about a 17 year old girl. So when she was a kid, it would have been a year in 90s when Digital cameras were not there. So it is natural for anyone to say that the amnesiac was showed a physical photograph. Why a laptop? I had written laptop because that scene occurred so to me and also it was about the recent photographs. In her defense, she can say it was all digitized form of physical photographs. But why a laptop? It could have been a tablet or a phone. The only conclusion I can come to, with this point also, is that it's taken from my manuscript.
3. Her book starts from 2nd April 2013. I would like to point out that the first five chapters of my manuscript was sent to Grapevine in January, 2013. I received a reply from Nikita asking for full manuscript on 4th, March, 2013. I sent the manuscript immediately as I had it ready. As writers we tend to make use of the date we start the book, we don't write a date too much in future. So, my point is that she has started writing her book after she received my full manuscript. This makes the intention clear to me.
And these are just a few examples only....
PS :Plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work/Idea and lying about it afterward.
Ganga Bharani can be found on twitter here .@ganga_bharani
There are news that Nikita Singh has plagiarized some of the content in her latest Novel Right Here Right Now.Nikita Singh is an Indian novelist. She has written seven novels including If It's Not Forever and Love@Facebook In February 2013, Someone Like You, a book she co-wrote with Durjoy Datta, was released by Penguin India.Read More about her on Wikipedia.
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It surely does sounds shockingDelete
It's horrifying! I can't believe this, especially when such big names are involved. SAD and UNFAIR!ReplyDelete
One thing I would like to say to the author: Published or not published, if you write and love to write, you are a WRITER. Don't hesitate to call yourself a writer (As said in the first question) :)
Thank you. But I think it will take a few more books to say that confidently :DDelete
And yes I am published.
That's real fact why budding writers still under the big name whether they have enough good plot than establish writer. Dear I am with you.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the support :DDelete
We stand by your side GB...do not hesitate to send the legal notice if no action from publisher.all evidence clearly states the conduct of plagiarismReplyDelete
Thank you for the support. Yes, for now I am trusting that the publishers will take action. NExt step will be on the shoulders of law.Delete
Penguin and Grapevine are thief...so do their writers...shame on these society-eating worms.ReplyDelete
Kindly read more about this book at http://www.keveinbooksnreviews.in/2014/08/book-review-right-here-right-now-by.html
Surprising as your review link says right here right now book content story is crap and copied from many movies and also Copied from this budding writers book then the budding writers book would also be not nice !Delete
That's not the point because what you are talking is subjective , I might have liked both the books , but that does not mean you are allowed to copy.Delete
But the review says book is crap which means it was not liked, Well if the copied book is copied from movies and is similar to so called original story then this so called original story is also copied from movies! Ironic, contradicting!Delete
Just to clarify- my book is not exactly the same as right hrre right noW. Also a story told by two people doesnt have to soind the samE.Delete
He can hate mine more or like it more.
Kevin- if u r interested i ll send u a copy of my book to do a comparitive review in order to answer the question of MR/MS ANONYMOUSDelete
Oops so even without reading review states that book is copied from budding writers book, poor review! And if story told by two people dosen't sound same then where is the issue of copying, looks like the comments written and issues raised are itself contradicting ! Also it shouldn't matter name or anonymous as remarks made towards comments and review are valid... Just to clarify its not for or against anyone...if fame is what is required nothing wrong but go via right means to acheive it and accept that fame is what the true motive is..the best way to respond is by writing more books and if passion is true success will follow automatically...best wishesDelete
I guess Dear Anonymous you have got is wrong :Delete
Kevin : He has a negative review about Nikita;s Book.
GB : She has the proofs to prove that Nikita's book is actually copied from Her;s book.
My Point is this does not mean GB work is also Poor.and Even if GB;s work is poor that does not allow someone else to copy the same claiming as hers original work.
I think you got it wrong. The story of right here right now is a subset of my book just you, me and a secret. My book has a lot more twists and turns. I am not saying mine is better all I'm saying is even if it's poor no one can copy it. Moreover, if I am behind fame I don't have to run behind a book that was a flop altogether. Because that only makes people think the same about my book. 😄 this is not going to make me a best seller over night, if controversies sell books and make people famous everyone would choose that route. This is just to bring to light what had happened and to avoid it from happening in the future.Delete
If your passion is to write then only write, but looks like your intention is fame !ReplyDelete
I don't think that the intention is fame , I guess the Intention is to highlight that someone;s handwork is stolen and it should be brought to justice.Delete
I believe if ones real passion is to write or do anything else only that should be done, other things should not matterDelete
So you also think your handwork be copied and no action be taken.Not Raising your voice against a crime is also a crime , by neglecting it you are actually motivating more and more people to plagiarize , The point here is to bring the matter to justiceDelete
I think that this Anonymous is hand in hand with Penguin or Nikita.Delete
I think that this Anonymous is hand in hand with Penguin or Nikita. Maybe it's her herself hiding behind the Anonymous tag.Delete
If your real motto is to discuss this issue why is that its from an anonymous account? ☺ real account real questions i m ready to answer any day.Delete
You write 'sun rises in the east' you write the same. L rs fight for the palagrismDelete
I had posted just the first chapter because photographing the other pages of her book and posting it online is not the right thing to do. First chapter was taken from samples Amazon site has.
Secondly, the similarities don't stop with first chapter. It's just an example I had given. There are a lot more similarities. I have a list which I won't post here for obvious reasons.
Read from many places that she wrote many books..wandering if all her books are wrote originally by herReplyDelete
We are with youReplyDelete
Shocking! though I am getting this news rather late. It's time that first struggling writer work together to bring a rule that should a publisher reject a work, they should formally send a mail or letter of rejection (often the big names keep silent) and also add a paragraph that the contents or the idea or the concept will not be used by them or their staff.ReplyDelete
I am not shocked at all. Plagiarism is in blood of these writers, who are dishing out 1 book every 6-7 months. It is amazing how they think about a brilliant idea,research about it, write it perfectly, and get it published in just 6 months! Not possible. A lot of writers copy one liners from Internet. Many other copy content of other not-so-famous writers. It is harsh reality.ReplyDelete
Are you a writer? I hope you know most of these writers work on 2-3 plots at the same time. You are so negative to think every bestseller to do plagiarism.Delete
Lol two word copied and marked plagiarism; dear who-so-ever running for fame please get it clear 70% original with 30% copied don't comes under plagiarism. It's called Mosaic plagiarism. Peace and delete everything before you get a defamation legal notice from penguin or Nikita.ReplyDelete
Hawww I am Scared !!!Delete
Should be scarry, her market value as per sales of the book would be 5 x the sale which would be around 30 to 50 lakhs or so for defamation (Being a lawyer).Delete
1.Its Scary , Please learn elementary English !Delete
2.Regarding Defamation : Bring it On , I don't care !
3.Being a Lawyer : You have been threatening in comments on a Interview published an year Ago.You call yourself a lawyer LOL , ROTFL , For me you are some useless , Wasted Old Man who is hiding behind the Anonymous Tag , you got the balls get out of your couch and speak face to face or at least reveal your identity ! And You should thank me that I am accepting your comments !!!
This article was a year ago, wasn't it? What happened afterwards? Was some action taken regarding this issue?ReplyDelete
Someone from Penguin mailed me. Lastly they said it wasn't a word for word and that the two books have different settings. Mine has a 25 year old rich south indian and her's has a teenage north india. Though there are similarities the stories develop differently is what they said.
They did no understand the intent against which I fought. One can get an idea from any book and write my book with a lot of similarities but being an editor who gets to evaluate manuscripts one shouldn't reject a manuscript and later use the idea and develop a very similar story. That's just like a professor using a thesis of a student, developing his/her own paper based on it and quickly submitting it rejecting the student's paper.