pretty sad abt kaavya's mess. 19 and screwed up bigtime. she didnt have to. could have just stuck to her own wordplay. immature, unintentional, whatever...plain foolish.
and what abt the publishers - have they heard of anything called editorial review which also includes checking for instances of plagiarism.
but am thinking at a real basic level isn't everything just a regurgitation of what has been said, written, thought about forever. say i read something brilliant somewhere or see a great pic and the next time i write or take a picture, i might be unconsciously evoking the other. a word, a tune, a color used artfully, just the way a poem's been crafted.
maybe not totally and not word to word as ms.viswanathan seems to have done in so many passages. what was she thinking?
i mused abt it in an earlier post.