Wednesday, June 20, 2012

COPYCATS IMITATORS and PLAGIARISTS - THE BANE OF BLOGOSPHERE


COPYCATS IMITATORS and PLAGIARISTS
THE BANE OF BLOGOSPHERE
By
VIKRAM KARVE

I feel very sad when some unscrupulous persons plagiarize my writings, especially when they copy-paste my blog posts onto their blogs, and try to pass off my creative writing as their own.

To such persons I can only say: “Please create your own original writing, especially fiction, and please do not plagiarize the creative works of others.
You must create your own merit and not piggyback on others. Copying and Plagiarizing is sacrilege – yes, this unethical act is the scourge of the blogosphere and a big nuisance to genuine bloggers.
I earnestly appeal to all fellow bloggers and creative writers to please be original, and do not imitate, do not plagiarize under any circumstances.
Have some self respect. Please be creative. Don’t be a copycat.”

In order to drive home the point regarding the dangers of imitation and plagiarism, I would like to tell the copycats this story – a favourite teaching story of mine, called GUTEI'S FINGER  


A Teaching Story for COPYCATS, IMITATORS and PLAGIARISTS

GUTEI’S FINGER

Whenever anyone asked him about Zen, the great master Gutei would quietly raise one finger into the air.

A boy in the village began to imitate this behaviour.

Whenever he heard people talking about Gutei’s teachings, he would interrupt the discussion and raise his finger.

Gutei heard about the boy’s mischief.

When he saw the mischievous boy in the street, he apprehended and caught hold of the boy. Then, Gutei pulled out a knife and cut off the boy’s finger.

The stunned and terrified boy cried in agony and got so frightened that he began to run off, horrified by the sight of his profusely bleeding finger, petrified with fear and in unimaginable pain and distress.

As the boy was running away, Gutei shouted his name and called out to him.

When the boy turned to look, Gutei raised his finger into the air.

The boy looked at Gutei’s Finger.

At that moment the boy became enlightened.

VIKRAM KARVE
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work. 
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About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.


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