Popularly known as India’s ‘Jackie Collins’, Shobha De is one of the top bestselling authors of contemporary India. De's writing focuses on the urban issues of the ultra modern society with
its shade of glitz and glamour, marriage, complicated relationships and
so on. She is the contributor to many newspapers and magazines. She is the founder and editor of three popular magazines namely Stardust, Society and Celebrity.
Life of Shobha De
Shobha De was born as Shobha Rajadhyaksha to the Saraswat Brahmin family of Maharashtra on 7th January, 1947. Presently she is residing with her second husband, tycoon Dilip De in Mumbai together with their children. The couple got married in 1984.
Shobha De pursed her graduation from the prestigious St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai in Psychology and also pursued Journalism in 1970. She began her career as a model appearing in ads like Ponds and Bombay Dyeing and soon became a popular face. Later she also worked as a freelance writer for several newspapers and magazines. She is the founder and editor of three popular magazines namely Stardust, Society and Celebrity.
In 1980s she contributed to the Sunday magazine section of The Times of India apart from writing in Asian Age, Statesman and Sunday Observer. She is also the columnist in Bombay Times, The Sunday Times and The Week. Shobha De has also written scripts for soaps and serials like Swabhimaan, India’s first daily soap and Kitty Party among others. She is also the anchor of one of the popular weekly show called Power Trip, featuring billionaires of the country. Currently Shobha De is working as a columnist writing for a fortnight magazine titled The Week.
Work of Shobha De
As a noted novelist, Shobha has so far written a dozen novels. Her writing focuses on the urban issues of the ultra modern society with its shade of glitz and glamour, complicated relationships, marriage and so on. Being a very outspoken and independent individual, her novels have a bold and erotic sense landing her into many controversial issues.
Some of her well known novels are Starry Nights, Socialite Evenings, Second Thoughts, Surviving Men, Spouse- The Truth About Marriage, Sisters, Snapshots, Speed Post to name a few. Shobha De at Sixty, her latest novel was published by Hay House in 2010. It is interesting to note that most of the titles of her novels begin with the letter ‘S’.
Spouse- The Truth About Marriage is one of the best-selling novels, of which million copies have been sold so far. Dealing with institution of marriage in the urban society it has been translated into many Indian languages like Punjabi, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengal and foreign languages like Spanish, Italian, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian as well as Polish and Korean.
Her novels have been included as course materials in Comparative Literature courses in many educational institutions both within and abroad. Her novels like Socialite Evenings, Starry Nights, Sultry Days and Second Thoughts are part of the course in the University of London. One of her Italian book, Sorelle was launched at Milan and Rome. Shobha De has participated in many literary festivals at different places such as Writer’s Festival in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jaipur etc. She is also a part of the official Indian Delegation to the Global Women’s Forum at Deauville (France) in October, 2008.
Honours to Shobha De
As one of the most popular personality, her name has been included in Reader’s Digest List- India’s Most Trusted People as well as in the list of 50 Most Powerful Women in India. Her name has also featured in the list of 2010 of India’s 50 Most Beautiful in Hi Blitz.