Shobhaa De - Columnist and Indian Author of Bestselling Books
Shobaa De - the Jackie Collins of India
Shobhaa De does not require an introduction. She is the Author of Bestselling Novels, Socialite, former beauty queen and model, popular columnist, designer, pen behind popular TV serials like Kitty Party and Swabhimaan and more. Shobaa De is often referred to as the Jackie Collins of India. She is the role model and icon several woman like me dream to be. Shobaa De has innumerable fans not only in India but also abroad.
Shobhaa De who has already seen 60 birthdays was featured on the 2010 list of ‘India’s 50 Most Beautiful’ in Hi Blitz. She was born on January 07, 1947, in a Saraswat Brahmin family as Shobha Rajadhyaksha. After graduating from the reputed St Xaviers College in Mumbai, she made a name for herself as a model appearing in the ads of Ponds and Bombay Dyeing to name a few. She started her Career in Journalism in 1970 and has founded and edited reputed magazines like Stardust, Society and Celebrity. She also was the Consulting Editor to Sunday and Mega City. Her columns in Bombay Times, The Sunday Times and the Week are extremely popular. She now contributes as a Freelance Writer to reputed magazines and newspapers including the Times of India, Statesman and Sunday Observer. She has also anchored a prestigious weekly show called ‘Power Trip’ which featured India’s Billionaires apart from TV Serials Script Writing.
Shobhaa De was first married into the Wealthy Kilachand Family and she had two children (Aditya and Avantika) with her first husband. She met her second husband, shipping tycoon and business magnate Dilip De who was a widower with two children (Radhika and Ranvir) in 1981. The Couple got married in 1984 after she got an amicable Divorce from her first husband. Shobhaa and Dileep De have two children together (Arundhati and Anandita). She lives with her family in Cuffe Parade, one of the Posh Areas in Mumbai.
Shobhaa De - Life and Controversies
Shobhaa De is known for speaking her own mind. Her Outspoken and forthright comments have put her into a lot of controversy. Though her stint with the magazines and papers got her into the limelight, it was her controversial novels which made her an overnight celebrity. The erotic content in her novels attracted much controversy and she was accused of being a ‘soft porn writer’. However, her bold and highly individualistic style of writing made Shobhaa De into one of India’s top bestselling authors. Shobaa De's novels are featured in the post-graduate popular culture curriculum of the University of London. She has over a dozen Novels to her Credit (all starting with ‘S’ except one). She is also credited to have given birth to Hinglish (a mix of Hindi and English) way of writing. Her Novels are Shobhaa at Sixty: Secrets of Getting it right at any age, Sandhya’s Secret, Superstar India , Strange Obsession, Socialite Evenings, Snapshots, Starry Nights, Spouse : The truth about marriage, Speed post, Surviving Men, Selective Memory: Stories from my Life, Second Thoughts, Small betrayals, Shooting from the hip, Sultry Days, Uncertain Liaisons and Sisters. This Author was on the list of ‘50 Most Powerful Women in India’ published by the DNA Newspaper in March 2010.
Shobhaa De’s reviews of Bollywood Films also have got her into a lot of controversy. Her negative review for the Film Dabangg made the Producer of the film Arbaaz Khan make remarks of her as ‘frustrated sleaze writer’ who can give competition to Elizabeth Taylor. Bollywood Actress Sonam Kapoor gave the Writer the title ‘Wicked Witch of Bollywood’ after wrote a bad review of Sonam Kapoor's movie I Hate Luv Storys and named it as I Hate Dumb Stories. Sonam kapoor attacked the Shobhaa De on the micro blogging site Twitter by calling her a ‘fossil’. However, the Actress later apologized to Mrs De for it. Recently Shobhaa De was all praises for Ekta Kapoor’s Dirty picture and Actress Vidya Balan who played the role of Silk. She even predicted that Vidya Balan would win an Award for her performance.The latest News is that Shobhaa De is going to write a Book about the Bollywood Heroine Kareena Kapoor. Well, I am sure that some controversy would sell that Book too!
Spouse - The truth about marriage
If there is a relationship Guide available then it is Shobaa De's Book Spouse - The truth about marriage. In this Books Shobaa writes about how and why marriages work or don't. This is one of my favorites.
You can buy this Book and other Shobhaa De books from Amazon at discounted rates.
Shobha De Interview
Shoba and husband Dilip De in conversation with Rituparno
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