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Shobha De : An Eminent Indian Columnist and Novelist



Shobha De, 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. After making her name as a model, she began a career in journalism in 1970, in the course of which she founded and edited three magazines Stardust, Society, and Celebrity.

In the 1980s, she contributed to the Sunday magazine of Times of India. A feminist, she supported equality between genders. In her column she used to explore the socialite life in Bombay and many of the hypocrisies of the celebrities. At present, she is a freelance writer and columnist for several newspapers and magazines. She lives with her second husband, Dilip De and their six children, in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.

The Biography

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.

Notable Works of Shobha De

• Superstar India – From Incredible to Unstoppable
• Strange Obsession –
• Socialite Evenings
• Snapshots
• Starry Nights
• Spouse: The truth about marriage
• Speedpost – Penguin, New Delhi. 1999.
• Surviving Men – Penguin, New Delhi, 1998
• Selective Memory – Penguin, New Delhi. 1998.
• Second Thoughts – Penguin, New Delhi. 1996.
• Small betrayals – UBS Publishers’ Distributors, 1995
• Shooting from the hip – UBS, Delhi, 1994.
• Sultry Days – Penguin, New Delhi. 1994.
• Uncertain Liaisons – Penguin, New Delhi. 1993.
• Sisters – Penguin, New Delhi. 1992.