Shashi Deshpande (1476 words)

  • VISA RAVINDRAN (Independent Scholar - Europe)

Shashi Deshpande, born in Dharwad, a small town in the state of Karnataka in Southern India, is a Sahitya Akademi award-winning novelist who writes in English. The daughter of Shriranga ,the renowned Sanskrit scholar and dramatist, she moved to Mumbai at the age of fifteen and later graduated in Economics, before moving to Bangalore where she earned a law degree. Marriage and family took up most of her time in the years that followed, though she managed a diploma in Journalism and a short stint working in a magazine. It was only in 1970 that her writing career took off, initially with short stories, now collected in several volumes. Today she is a recognized Indian voice, author of four children’s books and six novels, besides several …

RAVINDRAN, VISA. "Shashi Deshpande". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 February 2007
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Related Groups

  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English