Shashi Deshpande


Born
in Dharwad, India
January 01, 1938

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Novelist and short story writer, Shashi Deshpande began her career with short stories and has by now authored nine short story collections, twelve novels and four books for children. Three of her novels have received awards, including the Sahitya Akademi award for `That Long Silence'. Some of her other novels are `The Dark Holds No Terrors', `A Matter of Time', `Small Remedies', `Moving On', `In The Country of Deceit' and `Ships that Pass'. Her latest novel is `Shadow Play'.Many of her short stories and novels have been translated into a number of Indian as well as European languages. She has translated two plays by her father, Adya Rangacharya, (Shriranga), as well as his memoirs, from Kannada into English, and a novel by Gauri Deshpande f ...more

Average rating: 3.56 · 1,819 ratings · 168 reviews · 27 distinct worksSimilar authors
That Long Silence

3.47 avg rating — 377 ratings — published 1990 — 7 editions
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Small Remedies

3.70 avg rating — 233 ratings — published 2000 — 6 editions
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The Dark Holds No Terrors

3.70 avg rating — 221 ratings — published 1982 — 9 editions
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The Binding Vine

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3.66 avg rating — 185 ratings — published 1993 — 8 editions
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A Matter of Time

3.70 avg rating — 169 ratings — published 1999 — 9 editions
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Roots and Shadows

3.10 avg rating — 107 ratings — published 1992 — 4 editions
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Ships That Pass

3.16 avg rating — 80 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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In the Country of Deceit

3.53 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
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Moving On

3.61 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 2004 — 4 editions
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Shashi Deshpande: Collected...

3.45 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 2003 — 3 editions
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“A wife should always be few feet behind her husband. If he is an MA you should be a BA.If he is 5'4'tall you shouldn't be more than 5'3'tall. If he is earning five hundred rupees you should never earn more than four hundred and ninety nine rupees.That's the only rule to follow if you want a happy marriage...No partnership can ever be equal.It will always be unequal, but take care it is unequal in favor of the husband. If the scales tilt in your favor, God help you, both of you.”
Shashi Deshpande

“Women without men, I realized then, are totally different creatures.”
Shashi Deshpande, Small Remedies

“Marriage is a very strange thing. It’s a very public institution, it’s meant to tell the world that two people are going to live together, to declare that their children will be legal, that these children can inherit their property. It’s meant for social living, to ensure that some rules are observed, so that men and women don’t cross the lines drawn from them. At the same time, marriage is an intensely private affair, no outsider will know the state of some one else’s marriage. It’s a closed room, a locked room…”
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