Shashi Deshpande

Shashi Deshpande is an award-winning Indian novelist. She is the second daughter of famous Kannada dramatist and writer Sriranga. She was born in Karnataka and educated in Mumbai and Bangalore. An eminent novelists of contemporary Indian literature in English. She has written four children’s books, a number of short stories, and nine novels, besides several perceptive essays. Deshpande creates figures that take her readers through the social strata of urban society, but her interest comes to centre more and more on women of the middle and upper middle classes; well-educated women who fight for their own space, for their place in the family and in their social and their cultural setting. This setting is the backdrop to her stories, action remains private, even with rape which is, after all, private only to a certain degree.