Guest Column

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.


Why Neena Gupta gets my vote

I ran into the beautiful and supremely talented Neena Gupta at a mutual friend’s

By Shobhaa De August 17, 2019

Margaret, my soul sister

Margaret Mascarenhas, transnational poet, essayist and curator, who passed away in

By Shobhaa De August 03, 2019

Fight on, Indira Jaising and Anand Grover

Indira Jaising is first an old and affectionate friend, and a brilliant

By Shobhaa De July 20, 2019

How Shahid and the other Kapoors are refreshingly regular

Actor Shahid Kapoor’s quiet dignity and confidence make him stand out in an industry

By Shobhaa De July 06, 2019

Girish Karnad and the power of modesty

I had a massive crush on Girish Karnad for decades. If that sounds schoolgirlish and

By Shobhaa De June 22, 2019

Our man in Washington

When my husband and I met Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the youngest Indian ambassador to

By Shobhaa De June 08, 2019

Ruchir Sharma—tripping on Indian elections

Here’s a quick recap for readers who may not be familiar with Ruchir Sharma’s byline

By Shobhaa De May 25, 2019

Didi is NaMo in drag

She is something else, our Mamata Banerjee—the woman who would be prime minister.

By Shobhaa De May 11, 2019

Rajeev Sethi: Master of all trades

I cannot be objective about Rajeev Sethi. I became his admirer over 40 years ago,

By Shobhaa De April 27, 2019

What makes Sabyasachi, Sabyasachi?

The year was 2000. A new millennium with immense possibilities and promises was upon

By Shobhaa De April 13, 2019

Keiko Hagihara Bang arrives in India with a bang!

Keiko Hagihara Bang is a magnetic force of creative energy. She is a Singapore-based

By Shobhaa De March 30, 2019

The smile that’s Sonali

I first met Sonali Bendre when she was a fresh faced, lissome ‘next-big-thing’ in

By Shobhaa De March 16, 2019

In bold print

Shashi Deshpande is a petite force of nature—spry, sure, sharp and so contained.

By Shobhaa De March 02, 2019

Meeting Chitra’s Sita

The session at the Jaipur Lit Fest 2019 that I was most looking forward to was my

By Shobhaa De February 16, 2019

How Tina Ambani chose to be a leader, and succeeded

Recently, I received an invitation to an event titled, ‘A Decade of Distinction’. It

By Shobhaa De February 02, 2019
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