Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chetan's book cover creates controversy

Trust Chetan Bhagat’s book to stir up a storm. Although the author has reason to feel proud — the cover of his fourth  book, 2 States, has been adopted by the Maharashtra State Government to promote financial assistance for inter-caste marriages — there is one problem. Neither Chetan  nor Rachna Rakyan, the 28-year-old Delhi-based designer who created the logo, were informed of the decision.

Rakyan now feels she ought to be paid royalty. “I got a mail from Chetan in the morning and my first reaction was ‘I want to charge royalty for this.’ It would have been nice if they had called me and informed, because it is my copyright. I will speak to Chetan and we will see how we can take it forward and contact the government office,” she says. Bhagat, too, feels he should’ve been informed.

“My wife spotted the logo on a bus and sent the picture to me. I’m happy that they chose the book, but they should have informed me. I would have happily supported it,” he said.

Full report here Hindustan Times

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