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.


Ma Anand Sheela’s second coming

The ‘Tough Titty’ from the wildly popular Netflix series, Wild, Wild Country (2018),

By Shobhaa De October 12, 2019

Remembering the rage and the rain

This is not about Kiran Nagarkar, the writer. It is about Kiran Nagarkar, the

By Shobhaa De September 28, 2019

Smashing doubts

We all love world champions, do we not? Our newest darling is P.V. Sindhu, just 24

By Shobhaa De August 31, 2019

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
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