“I am not so foolish to copy anything from a published work “ :Chetan Bhagat


Writer Chetan Bhagat says a plagiarism case slapped against him by a Bengaluru author over his “One Indian Girl”, is bogus.

The complainant, Anvita Bajpai, has reportedly filed a lawsuit in a Bengaluru court which granted a temporary injunction restraining sales of the book “One Indian Girl”.

Bajpai said on social media that “characters, places and emotional flow” of Bhagat’s book have been lifted from one of her books “Life, Odds and Ends”.

A court hearing in this regard is slated for Thursday.

Talking about the issue, Bhagat told “I am not so foolish to copy anything from a published work. The court is yet to hear me. That is absolutely a bogus case… A false allegation. She went to the court and filed a case just before the court goes to summer vacation. So it is taking time, but once the court hears me, truth will come out.”

Bajpai had sent a legal notice to Bhagat on February 22, asking him to withdraw his book “One Indian Girl” and pay an amount of Rs 500,000 as damages. According to her, the central character of Bhagat’s book has a similarity with one of her short stories “Drawing Parallels”.

But Bhagat said in his defence: “I did not read her book, and I have written my story which is original.”

In fact, after the announcement that one of his novels will be a part of Delhi University’s syllabus for its undergraduate degree in English, literature experts were quick to slam the development.

As long as I know I am doing the right thing, I do not care about what the other people think… It is their choice.”

The author is currently busy promoting “Half Girlfriend”, releasing on May 19.


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