Shashi Deshpande (Kannada: ಶಶಿ ದೇಶಪಾಂಡೆ) (born in 1938 in Dharwad, Karnataka, India), 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 Bombay (now Mumbai) and Bangalore. Deshpande has degrees in Economics and Law. When she was living in Mumbai she did a course on journalism at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and worked for a couple of months as a journalist for the magazine 'Onlooker'.
She published her first collection of short stories in 1978, and her first novel, 'The Dark Holds No Terror', in 1980. She won the Sahitya Akademi Award for the novel 'That Long Silence' in 1990 and the Padma Shri award in 2009.
Shashi Deshpande has written four children’s books, a number of short stories, and nine novels, besides several perceptive essays, now available in a volume entitled Writing from the Margin and Other Essays.
Her books include: The Dark Holds No Terrors, Penguin Books India (1980), ISBN 0-14-014598-2 If I Die Today (1982) Come Up and Be Dead (1983) That Long Silence, Penguin (paperback 1989), ISBN 0-14-012723-2 The Intrusion and Other Stories (1993) The Binding Vine, The Feminist Press at CUNY (2002), ISBN 1-55861-402-8 A Matter of Time, The Feminist Press at CUNY (2001), ISBN 1-55861-264-5 Small Remedies, Penguin India (2000) ISBN 978-0-14-029487-3 Moving On, Penguin Books India (2004), ISBN 978-0-670-05781-8 In the Country of Deceit (2008)
Children's books A Summer Adventure The Hidden Treasure The Only Witness The Narayanpur Incident
Roots and Shadows (1983)
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