While going through a recent post on My Himachal (himachal.us), Jalori Pass: Don’t Give This A Pass these lines looked familiar.
Jibbi is a decent village with a few shops and a good eating joint on the main road run by a lady from Delhi who is married to a local and has some amusing stories to share. Don’t miss out the gharat installed in the backyard of the house. It is quite something which one doesn’t see around these days. Marvel of village engineering. See a few foreign faces at Jibbi bazaar.
I referred to my blog post Crossing the Jallori Pass and confirmed these were indeed written by yours truly. I had posted to my blog on June 2, 2008. Obviously, I met this lady from Delhi and listened to her amusing stories and saw the Gharat first and marveled about the village engineering. Now this writer Ananda Banerjee, in his article lifted the very same words. I did not mention the name of this joint in my post and so hasn’t he. A plain simple copy and paste trick.
Now comes the funny part, I contacted the owners at My Himachal site, posted a comment on the site requesting them to remove this article. I was promised action soon. An email appeared in my mail box written by Ananda Banerjee to My Himachal
Thanks for the email has forwarded it to the desk editor who subs copies and adds to the copy before it goes to the print. This was a originally written as a drive road drive coverted to a trek.
So the matter ends up here! The oldest excuse in the world.. desk editor did it. My Himachal conveniently edited the post. I was told Ananda Banerjee is an established writer and he won’t do anything like this. Established writer??? Even a chavvani chhap blogger like me does not scout the Internet to complete an article. An established writer cannot commit theft.. Wow!! My comment about the theft has not been published till date. The very same article was also published in the Daily Pioneer and still contains the above mentioned words. Some one has been collecting bucks at my expense indeed!!
I know that whatever we create is our own intellectual property whether we put a copyright notice or not. How these people have the guts to post things they don’t produce? I fail to understand this kind of behavior of benefiting on others expense and hard work to earn a living. I can’t make a dime of my own work but apparently others are able to do well with it. Looks like they ran out of dignity as well.
Here is an unedited version of the article on My Himachal and a link to The Pioneer article.