I feel like I’ve finally made it to the big leagues. India Today is a weekly news magazine published in India that has a circulation of over 1 million readers. In the newest issue, the editor-in-chief, Aroon Purie, writes a letter from the editor that sounds awfully familiar:
That’s just an excerpt, but those first two paragraphs might look awfully familiar to the sharp-eyed amongst you.
That’s right – Aroon Purie has lifted the opening paragraphs of the story I wrote about Rajinikanth for Slate. Not only that, but he has published, in a leading Indian weekly, the following sentence: “If a tiger had sex with a tornado and then their tiger-nado baby married an earthquake, their off-spring would be Rajinikanth.”
I think I deserve an award for getting the mating habits of the tiger-nado printed in India Today if for nothing else.
A friend of mine sent me news that this was starting to light up the Twitter-o-sphere in India, and a nice reporter who emailed me for comment was kind enough to forward me the scan from the magazine, that hit stands yesterday. As for my reaction? I’ve just emailed India Today offering my services. Instead of having to do all this tedious cutting and pasting themselves, I suggested that I could just write for them directly. I’ve promised them to charge a reasonable rate, and assured them that I will never steal copy from Mr. Purie and print it under my own name in revenge.
Let’s see what they say.