7 January 1948 (age 67)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (1948-01-07) OccupationAuthor, columnist, novelist Alma materSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai EducationSt. Xavier's College-Autonomous, Mumbai ChildrenAnandita De, Arundhati De, Aditya Kilachand, Avantika Kilachand SiblingsAshok Rajadhyaksha, Kunda Rajadhyaksha, Mandakini Rajadhyaksha BooksStarry Nights, Socialite Evenings, Second Thoughts, Strange Obsession, Superstar India Similar PeopleArundhati Roy, Fatima Bhutto, Khushwant Singh, Judith Clarke, Rajdeep Sardesai
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Shobha Rajadhyaksha, also known as Shobhaa De (born 7 January 1948), is an Indian columnist and novelist. De is best known for her depiction of socialites and sex in her works of fiction, for which she has come to be known as the "Jackie Collins of India".
Shobhaa De was born as Shobha Rajadhyaksha to a Saraswat Brahmin Hindu family. in Satara, Maharashtra, India and brought up in Girgaon, Mumbai, India. She started her career as a model along with Zeenat Aman.
After making her name as a model, she began a career in journalism in 1970, during the course of which she founded and edited three magazines—Stardust, Society, and Celebrity. Stardust magazine, published by Mumbai-based Magna Publishing Co. Ltd., was started by Nari Hira in 1971 and became popular under the editorship of Shobhaa De. In the 1980s, she contributed to the Sunday magazine section of The Times of India. In her columns, she used to explore the socialite life in Mumbai lifestyles of the celebrities. At present, she is a freelance writer and columnist for several newspapers and magazines.
Shobhaa De runs four weekly columns in mainstream newspapers, including The Times of India and Asian Age. She has been the writer of several popular soaps on television, including India's second daily serial, Swabhimaan (first is Shanti).
De writes Detour, a fortnightly column for The Week.
De has participated in several literary festivals, including the Writers' Festival in Melbourne. She is a regular participant of Bengaluru Literature Festival, having been part of it since its first edition.
The Shiv Sena has protested the publication of some of Shobhaa De's opinions, including the separation of Mumbai from Maharashtra to create a separate entity.
During the 2016 Olympics, De suggested in a tweet that Indian athletes visit the Olympics merely to take selfies and spend government money. Her comment received widespread criticism from various quarters.
Small Betrayals (Forthcoming book) − Hay House India, New Delhi, 2014
Shobhaa: Never a Dull De − Hay House India, New Delhi, 2013
Shobhaa at Sixty −Hay House India, New Delhi, 2010
Sandhya`s secret −2009
Superstar India – From Incredible to Unstoppable
Spouse: The truth about marriage
Speedpost – Penguin, New Delhi. 1999.
Surviving Men – Penguin, New Delhi, 1998
Selective Memory – Penguin, New Delhi. 1998.
Second Thoughts – Penguin, New Delhi. 1996.
Small betrayals – UBS Publishers' Distributors, 1995
Shooting from the hip – UBS, Delhi, 1994.
Sultry Days – Penguin, New Delhi. 1994.
Sisters – Penguin, New Delhi. 1992.
Starry Nights – 1989, India, Penguin, New Delhi ISBN 0-14-012267-2, Pub date ? ? 1989, paperback
Socialite Evenings – 1989, India, Penguin, New Delhi ISBN 0-14-012267-2, Pub date ? ?