Shobhaa De (Indian novelist) Age, Wiki, Bio & Facts.
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Shobhaa De
Born Name: Shobha Rajadhyaksha
Date of Birthday: 7 January 1948
Place of Birth: Satara District, Province of Bombay, Dominion of India
(present-day Maharashtra, India)
Occupation: Author, columnist, novelist
Spouse: Dilip De (m. 1984)
Children: 6 (inclued Aditya Kilachand, Arundhati De, Avantika Kilachand, Anandita De)
Siblings: Ashok Rajadhyaksha, Mandakini Rajadhyaksha, Kunda Rajadhyaksha

Shobha De (born 7 January 1948) is an Indian novelist and columnist. She is best known for her depiction of socialites and sex in her works of fiction, for which she has been referred to as the "Jackie Collins of India."

Early life and education
Shobhaa De was born on 7 January 1948 in a Maharashtrian family in Mumbai, India in a conservative family. She is the youngest of four siblings and her father was a district court judge.

She attended Queen Mary School, and graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

Career
At age 17, she began her career model, which lasted for five years. At age 20, she began her career as a journalist, writing "agony aunt" advice columns and features for society magazines. She founded the magazine Stardust at age 23, which included Bollywood interviews, gossip, and photographs.

In the 1980s, she contributed to the Sunday magazine section of The Times of India. She has since been a regular columnist for several newspapers. She has also written several popular soaps on television.

Ankita Shukla writes for The Times of India in 2016, "unignorable has been Shobhaa De's unabashed description of the womenfolk in her novels. De's women range from traditional, subjugated and marginalized to the extremely modern and liberated women. De's novels take a leaf the urban life and represent realistically an intimate side of urban woman's life, also revealing her plight in the present day society." In 1992, Mark Fineman of the Los Angeles Times described her as "India's hottest-selling English-language novelist," and how her second novel, Starry Nights (1991), had "a drawing of a nude woman on the front cover," and according to De, "they said it was the first time they’d broken through the ‘F’ barrier, the first time they’d run the F-word without asterisks." Urmee Khan writes for The Guardian in 2007, "Her books are steeped in a lifetime's observation of Bollywood," and "They describe a side of the country that western audiences rarely encounter, her central themes being power, greed, lust and sex."

In 2010, De and Penguin Books created the publishing imprint Shobhaa De Books.

De has also participated in several literary festivals, including the Bangalore Literature Festival, having been part of it since its first edition.

Personal life
She has married twice and has six children. Her second husband Dilip De is a businessman in the shipping industry.

Books
  • Srilaaji - Diary of a Marwari Matriarch, Simon & Schuster (2020)
  • Lockdown Laisons (2020)
  • Small Betrayals − Hay House India, New Delhi, 2014
  • Seventy And to Hell With It (2017)
  • Shobhaa: Never a Dull De − Hay House India, New Delhi, 2013
  • Shethji −2012
  • Shobhaa at Sixty −Hay House India, New Delhi, 2010
  • Sandhya's secret −2009
  • Superstar India – From Incredible to Unstoppable
  • Strange Obsession
  • Snapshots
  • Spouse: The truth about marriage (2005)
  • 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.
  • Sisters – Penguin, New Delhi. 1992.
  • Starry Nights – 1989, India, Penguin, New Delhi ISBN 0-14-012267-2, Pub date ? ? 1989, paperback
  • Socialite Evenings – 1989, India, Penguin, New Delhi ISBN 0-14-012267-2, Pub date ? ?

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