Shashi Deshpande is an Indian novelist.
Shashi Deshpande is a popular writer from India. He was born on 19 August 1938 in Dharwad district of Karnataka. Shashi has been a recipient of the highly coveted Padma Shri award. She was also a member of Sahitya Akademi. He was born to famous parents. He published his work of short stories in 1978 and his first novel The Dark Holds No Terror in 1980. She was educated in Mumbai and Bangalore. He completed his education in law and economics. He further studied journalism at Vidya Bhavan and worked as a journalist for a short time with a popular magazine ‘Onlooker’. On top of that received a degree in Arts.
Shashi belonged to an upper-middle-class family and had a consanguineous marriage. She recalls the intellectual atmosphere at home created by her father, the great novelist, playwright, director; Sriranga. His father affectionately called him ‘Nirupyogi’ and his sister ‘Jaane’.
parents and siblings
Shashi was born to the famous playwright and writer, Adya Rangacharya and Sharda Adya. His father was known by his pen name Sriranga. He has two siblings a brother and a sister; Usha Desai. Her relationship with her mother was not particularly perfect, she mentions in her book Listen to Me. She also reveals how her brother’s health issues took a toll on the family.
husband and children
She is married to Dr. Dhirendra H Deshpande and had 2 sons. She describes her husband as the most supportive and nurturing one, just like her father. He lost his son Raghu in 2017 at a young age. Their second son Vikram lives in America. Talking about the revelation of her personal life issues, she refers to the wound of losing her son, which is indeed still fresh and causes her immense pain and grief.
Award winning writer Shashi Deshpande started her writing career at the age of 30. After they married and had two children, he then began writing professionally. Earlier, she says that she just couldn’t be a housewife, the frustration she found was in her writing. Many of her writings are considered women’s writings or feminist writings. He has always had a strong opinion about his writings and his writings are also seen. She says she likes the most easily understood language used in her works. His fluency in language does not impress him. That too there aren’t many writers who get away with something like this, making an exception for Arundhati Roy. Her book, The Dark Holds No Terrors, was turned into a film in 1997 by Prema Karanth, the first female director. In 2017 HarperCollins opted for the film rights to be based on Strangers to Ourselves directed by Hussle Mehta. As an English writer, she faced a lot of prejudice as people often had preconceived notions of her being rich. Another thing he disliked most was the classification of his works to women only, he said, the fact that men came to him to sign books exclusively for the women in his life, rather than They felt strange. She also feels that her first book being published by a foreign publisher had a bigger role, often with publishers from abroad being an influencing factor in the book’s exposure. Her first readers are always her husband and the most obnoxious critics are those who bring personal and ill-advised reviews based on that.
- Deshpande was in the news when he met Prof. MM Kalaburagi, whom she describes as an honest person and a scholar, who was also a member of the Sahitya Akademi’s general council. He resigned after the Akademi had done little. She is seen expressing her frustration at not standing together, calling herself a 0 for the professor. She expressed dismay at the government and disagreed when asked whether she wanted to make Sahitya Akademi an active institution. Deshpande further said, his only concern was to assure freedom of speech to the writers as Mr. Kalburgi had to bear the brunt for this reason. She twists the words and simply says that the government came to power with the help of Hindutva forces and speaking against them will not help them and hence silence has been maintained.
Sadly, it has become important to reaffirm that differences cannot be eliminated with a single pill; That discussion and debate is the only way a civilized society resolves issues. It has also become clear that writers, who are considered to be the consciences of society, are no longer considered intellectual leaders; His voice doesn’t matter anymore.” Noting that perhaps it’s “the right time for writers to reclaim their voices”
- He expressed his opinion during the Citizenship Bill amendment and how the government met resistance with violence.
Right now, the situation is fluid, and things are uncertain. There is no whisper of hints of reconciliation. The government believes that this resistance must be fought back, and the belief is that if you are not with us, you are the enemy.
According to Deshpande, feminism has come out of the consciousness of unfair treatment of women. She says her writing was largely ignited by the idea of what a woman is in our society. She talks about women and their issues in daily life. His writings, however, address issues that remain untold in society, such as marital rape, unfair treatment, rape culture and the shame associated with it.
Awards, Honors, Achievements
- He won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1990 for his novel “That Long Silence”.
- Deshpande’s novel The Shadow Play was shortlisted for the Hindu Literature Award in 2014.
- He has been awarded the Padma Shri in 2009.
Facts / Trivia
- She always spoke in Marathi with her children, as her mother always used to do.
- Jane Austen is one of her favorite authors.