Shobhaa De

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Shobhaa De
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Born Shobha Rajadhyaksha
(1948-01-07) 7 January 1948 (age 66)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Author, columnist, novelist
Alma mater St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

Shobha Rajadhyaksha (Devnagari: शोभा राजाध्यक्ष), also known as Shobhaa De (Devnagari: शोभा डे) (born 7 January 1948), is an Indian columnist and novelist.[1] De is best known for her depiction of socialites and sex in her works of fiction, for which she has come to be known as the "Jackie Collins of India".[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Shobhaa De was born in Girgaon, Mumbai, India, in a Goud Saraswat Brahmin family. She completed her schooling from Queen Mary School, Mumbai, and graduated from the St. Xavier's College of Mumbai with a degree in psychology. She worked as a model for few years.


After making her name as a model, she began a career in journalism in 1970, during the course of which she founded and edited three magazines—Stardust, Society, and Celebrity.[5] Stardust magazine, published by Mumbai-based Magna Publishing Co. Ltd., was started by Nari Hira in 1971 and became popular under the editorship of Shobhaa De. In the 1980s, she contributed to the Sunday magazine section of The Times of India. In her columns, she used to explore the socialite life in Mumbai lifestyles of the celebrities. At present, she is a freelance writer and columnist for several newspapers and magazines.

Shobhaa De runs four weekly columns in mainstream newspapers, including The Times of India and Asian Age. She has been the writer of several popular soaps on television, including India's second daily serial, Swabhimaan (first is Shanti).

De has participated in several literary festivals, including the Writers' Festival in Melbourne.

Personal life[edit]

In her autobiography, De said that in her late teens she started having friends of the opposite gender and boyfriends, whom she stated as "fine chaps". But Shobhaa De met her present husband, shipping tycoon, and business magnate Dilip De in 1981. He was a widower with two children, Radhika and Ranadip. Shobhaa (then Shobhaa Kilachand) was divorced with two children, Aditya and Avantika. The pair got married in 1984. She and Dilip De later had two more children, Arundhati and Anandita.Her son from first marriage Aditya Kilachand runs a club named Privé in Mumbai's Colaba area.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shobhaa De, Penguin script new chapter". The Times of India. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "'The Jackie Collins of India'". Los Angeles Times. 1992-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Hooray for Bollywood". The Guardian. 2007-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Meet India's Jackie Collins, Shobhaa De". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2013-02-18. 
  5. ^ Bio-Bibliographical Information Biographical references

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