AUTHOR OF THE WEEK
MARCH III WEEK, 2011
Shobha De is an eminent Indian novelist,who is often known as India’s Jackie Collins. She was born as Shobha Rajadhyaksha to the Saraswat Brahmin family of Maharashtra on the January 7, 1947. She completed her graduation from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and obtained degree in Psychology. In this article, we will present you with the biography of Shobha De, a well known Indian writer.
In the beginning of her career, she worked as a model and made a name for herself. Thereafter, she thought of changing her profession. Then, she pursued her career in Journalism. She brought out three magazines namely Stardust, Society, and Celebrity. Presently, she is working as a freelance writer for a couple of newspapers and magazines. To know the complete life history of Shobha Dey, read on.
These days, she is staying with her second husband Dilip De along with their children in one of the posh colonies of Mumbai. Most of her writings focus on different aspects of urban India. The erotic matter that she has written in the past has become the subject of controversy. She has also been actively involved in writing scripts for various TV soaps like Swabhimaan.
At present, she is working as a columnist and writes for a fortnight magazine “The Week”. In this periodical, she writes on varied issues concerning the society. She speaks her mind in her writings. She often expresses her dissatisfaction with respect to the behavior exhibited by the present day generation. Many a times, she has been held responsible for accelerating the pace and bringing about a sexual revolution through her writings in the column “The Sexes” of the magazine “The Week”. She has also written a couple of erotic novels.
Shobhaa De is one of India’s best-selling authors. She is the author of thirteen books all of which have topped bestseller lists in India, where she has revolutionised commercial women’s fiction and redefined the mass-market bestseller. She is recognized as an important social commentator and an authority on popular culture. Outspoken and forthright, De chronicles today’s India in her own inimitable style. Born in Maharashtra in 1948 she was educated in Delhi and Bombay. She graduated from St Xavier’s College, Bombay, with a degree in psychology and began a career in journalism in 1970. She founded and edited three popular magazines – Stardust, Society and Celebrity. She is presently a freelance writer and columnist for several newspapers and magazines including the Sunday Times of India, The Week and Bombay Times. She is married with six children and lives in Bombay. Bollywood Nights is her first novel to be published in the UK. “Ms De shocks India, and much of its literary set like no other writer today” New York Times
Shobhaa De is the author of the following books: Socialite Evenings (1989), Starry Nights (the original title of Bollywood Nights 1991), Sisters (1992), Strange Obsession (1992), Sultry Days (1994), Snapshots (1995), Second Thoughts (1996), Surviving Men (1997), and Speedpost (1999). She has also written the autobiographical Selective Memory: Stories from My Life.
Notable Works of Shobha De