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.


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

Aishwaryaa on the apple box

A ravishingly beautiful young woman, with fresh mehendi drying on her palms, walked up to me at a...

By Shobhaa De May 21, 2017

Second time lucky

My first trip to the Maldives was a complete disaster. I was invited to a literary festival by...

By Shobhaa De May 07, 2017

A city of neo hijabis

I was back in one of this region’s most fascinating cities after a year or so. The last time I was...

By Shobhaa De March 26, 2017

Voice of sanity

It is hard to believe Dehradun resident Anurag Chauhan, who calls himself a social activist, is just 22...

By Shobhaa De February 26, 2017
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