Plagiarism can be very entertaining at times – I think I quite like the bit where one is negotiating and putting pressure on the person who grabs your content and uses it without attribution. Perhaps it has to do with my social science background where even if an “a” written or professed by someone is to be borrowed, one needed to attribute with the minutest of details of authorship that go beyond the author’s name.
What was entertaining about today’s brush with plagiarism was the fact that it actually resulted in a new recipe – workable or not is of course a different question.
The plagiarised post by Nausheen initially resembled this recipe from the Yum blog word to word and used the pics , but then it progressively changed with every comment I left at regular intervals.
The proportions of the three flours used for making Pani Puris first changed drastically. Then poor wheat flour was shown the door. In the next edit the quantity of maida dropped and Kabuli Channa gave way to sprouts. Subsequently dates went thrown out of the pani and the whole spices substituted with powdered ones. A pic was removed. The most innovative edit of course was the inclusion of soda in the recipe.
Here’s the link:
Update: She seems to have removed the post and interestingly also turned off comments on her blog.
I have no idea what state this is in right now. The last I saw the recipe had changed but she had retained one pic from my post.
I dint even want write about this today (thinking that perhaps she did it out of ignorance) – but I
seek attribution want her to remove that pic, even if her blog may be small and even if this may be insignificant to my larger goals in life. Repeated requests in comments dint work (she deleted most religiously) and hence this post.