Jaipur. “Athrah baras ka main”, a book authored by an internet bot i.e. an automated software application, was released on the sidelines of the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival today. The book is written in Hindi and is a work of fiction telling the story of an Indian boy who could freeze the process of his biological and mental ageing at the age of eighteen.
Renowned author Chetan Bhagat released the book, which has been “scripted” by an internet bot named i2writev3.1 that was programmed by an unknown software engineer a few years back.
“I was interested in the book the moment I heard a number the title,” said Chetan, whose books have similar titles i.e. numbers in them.
“It’s a wonderful book and a very original story. I guess we need more of such experiments in India to produce quality literature in Indian languages, especially Hindi. I’m tempted to make a movie out of it,” renowned Bollywood director Karan Johar, who was also the chief guest of the book launch ceremony, told Faking News.
The author, being a software program, was not available for the comment, but publishers of the book hoped that this would start a new trend in India and inspire new writers to write books.
The book has been published by Sasta Sahitya Sangrahalaya and it retains the full ownership, copyright and distribution rights over “Athrah baras ka main”. The book has been priced at rupees 67.39 rupees per copy.
While everyone present at the launch ceremony welcomed the new book, it also drew serious flak from some critics who slammed the book for being clichéd and non-original. Many experts believed that the book was a rip-off from the Bryan Adams song “18 till I die”, but refused to explain the basis of their belief.
But the organizers of the Jaipur Literature Festival have played down such criticisms and have termed it an innovative step that could take the “pain” out of writing.