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Kaavya's novel being withdrawn

New Delhi: After being withdrawn from the U.S. markets, India-born novelist Kaavya Viswanathan's debut novel, tarnished by plagiarism charges, is being pulled out of Indian bookstores by its publishers.

Penguin India, distributors for the book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life, has been directed in this regard by the book's publisher Little Brown.

"We got a communication from Little Brown this evening that the book has to be withdrawn from Indian markets," Penguin India spokesperson Hemali Sodhi said. Penguin India will ask the retailers to return the copies on Saturday.

Around 10,000 copies of the book, which made headlines for the record advance amount Ms. Viswanathan bagged, have already been distributed to retailers, Ms. Sodhi said.

Similarities were reported between the teenage author's debut novel and Megan F. McCafferty's novels Sloppy Firsts (2001) and Second Helping (2003).

- PTI

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