November 24, 2005

Through a white tee

Some months ago, I quoted this short piece I found in the Bombay Times (June 28 2005):
    Tap into his guy mind-set: When it comes to meeting men, it helps to have something specific to talk about. The next time you see a hot dude on the weekend, look for a clue to his personality before starting a conversation. for example, if he's wearing a "I love cricket" cap, approach him with "I noticed your hat, are you into racing?" It's an opener that seems natural, not caontrived [sic]. Plus, he'll feel comfortable around you because you're talking about something he really gets.

Yesterday, I was copied on a message from Sach Kohli, who wrote last June to the Times of India about this paragraph. Not because it is somewhat perplexing, but because it was lifted from this paragraph in Cosmopolitan (US edition, June 2005):
    Tap into his guy mind-set: When it comes to meeting men, it helps to have something specific to talk about. The next time you see a hot dude on the weekend, look for a clue to his personality before starting a conversation. For example, if he's wearing a "I love NASCAR" cap, approach him with "I noticed your hat, are you into racing?" It's an opener that seems natural, not contrived. Plus, he'll feel comfortable around you because you're talking about something he really gets.

Not just that. Sach also mentioned to the Times this feature in the Bombay Times, same day (excerpts):
    10 Clues He'll Be Bad In Bed:
    2) You met after he shouted "Aye Chikni" at you from a doorway, where he was drinking beer with 10 of his friends.

    7) The sight of you all charged up and raring to go makes him blush and turn away.

    8) He complains that his tongue is tired after only two tiny licks of his vanilla-caramel-swirl icecream cone.

Again, Sach's point is not about the content of this, but that it too is lifted from Cosmopolitan, same issue (excerpts, again):
    10 Clues He'll Suck In Bed:
    2) You met after he shouted "Hey, hot stuff" at you from a doorway, where he was drinking beer with 10 of his friends.

    7) A cold breeze causes your nips to come alive through your white tee, and he blushes and turns away.

    8) He complains that his tongue is tired after only two tiny licks of his vanilla-caramel-swirl icecream cone.

Not just that. Sach mentions to the Times yet another piece in the Bombay Times (June 27), that is also lifted from Cosmopolitan (same issue). I'm not inclined to type that in, so you'll have to take my (and his) word for it.

But I want to tell you, Sach, these are not lifts, dude! I mean, come on! "Hey, hot stuff!" got translated into "Aye Chikni!" "Contrived" became "caontrived". "I love NASCAR" got changed to "I love cricket", never mind that it left the rest of the piece somewhat incomprehensible. (But I know now what I didn't -- NASCAR -- when I first read this stuff in BT).

But most of all, Sach, you've got to appreciate how
    The sight of you all charged up and raring to go ...

originated in
    A cold breeze causes your nips to come alive through your white tee ...

Thing is, Sach, we readers can't handle such lascivious words as "nips". (Not to mention "suck"). Please thank BT for saving us from having to blush and turn away.

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Sach has not got a reply to his letter.

3 comments:

Anirudh said...

Love these posts!

wise donkey said...

:))

CarrotWithASword said...

Maybe we need something along these lines

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4484718.stm

and

http://5thnovember.blogspot.com/2005/11/press-plagiarist-of-year-award.html