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Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De

Novelist and columnist Shobhaa De has always been outspoken in her writing and views on urban India. The former editor of magazines like Stardust, Society and Celebrity, has been a model and scriptwriter.

DE TOUR

Man-animal conflict

When Pakistani politician (and the most photographed captain ever of the Pakistani

By Shobhaa De May 20, 2018

She transformed my destiny

The Jaising aura! It is unmissable. Unmistakable. I met Indira (“Indu” to friends)

By Shobhaa De May 06, 2018

This policewoman means business

It had been an exhausting day at the lit fest, and all I wanted was a cuppa. There

By Shobhaa De April 22, 2018

Fight well, warrior

Irrfan Khan and I share the same birthday. That is our bond number one. Irrfan is an

By Shobhaa De April 08, 2018

Big man, bigger heart

Earlier this week, I received the sweetest call. It was as unexpected as it was

By Shobhaa De March 25, 2018

Martial marvel

I enjoy lit fests. But, only up to a point. Being a lit fest veteran, I have to

By Shobhaa De February 25, 2018

Expose Bollywood’s Weinstein

I don’t care what the world says—this is my last column for the year—and I am confidently declaring...

By Shobhaa De December 31, 2017

Cary Grant of the East

How can anybody write an ‘objective’ obituary about someone who has been a lifelong crush? I was Shashi...

By Shobhaa De December 17, 2017

The underutilised Vidya

Let me state it upfront: I am prejudiced in favour of Vidya Balan. She is Bollywood’s most...

By Shobhaa De December 03, 2017

A bull and the power of love

Last week, the goddess-like Member of Parliament fromMathura (her cherished constituency) nearly locked...

By Shobhaa De November 19, 2017

Rewriting the governor’s role

The first time I met Kiran Bedi was at a high-profile felicitation function in Mumbai. She had just won...

By Shobhaa De November 05, 2017

The Arya magic

Many, many moons ago, I walked nervously into the imposing <i>Times of India</i> building in Mumbai for...

By Shobhaa De October 22, 2017

The good judge wins it all for us

Like me, there are millions of Mumbaikars who are noise-sensitive. As Indians, we tend to ignore high...

By Shobhaa De September 10, 2017

A lot to crow about Croatia

When I jauntily suggested a Croatian cruise to my husband, I had very little idea about this...

By Shobhaa De August 13, 2017

Mumbai’s tryst with female diplomats

I hadn’t realised Mumbai’s diplomatic corps is verily bursting at the seams with amazing women—five...

By Shobhaa De June 18, 2017
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