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Gauri Deshpande was born in Pune, India on February 11, 1942, and died in Pune, India on March 1, 2003. She split her time between Pune, Vinchurni, and various places around the world where her husband was posted. She also taught at the Department of English at Fergusson College, was later a professor at the department of English at Savitribai Phule Pune University.
She is the daughter of Irawati Karve and Dinkar Dhondo Karve, and the granddaughter of Dhondo Keshav Karve. She has an older brother and sister. Deshpande had two daughters with her first husband; and one daughter with her second husband. She has three grandsons and one granddaughter.
Gauri Deshpande wrote in both Marathi and English. Her works include short stories and articles. Here is an incomplete list of her works.
- Ekek Pan Galawaya (1980)
- Teruo Te Ani Kahi Door Paryant (1985)
- Ahe He Ase Ahe (1986)
- Niragathi Ani Chandrike Ga Sarike Ga (1987)
- Dustar Ha Ghat Ani Thang (1989)
- Mukkam (1992)
- Vinchurniche Dhade (1996)
- Goph (1999)
- Utkhanan (2002)
- The Lackadaisical Sweeper (1997) (short story collection)
- --and Pine for What Is Not (translation of Sunita Desapande's Ahe Manohar Tari...)
- Diary of a decade of agony (translation of Avinash Dharmadhikari's Aswastha dashakachi diary)
- She also translated the ten volumes of "Arabian Nights" written by Sir Richard Burton from English to Marathi. The volumes were published in 1976-77.
Collections of poems (in English)
- "Between Births" (1968)
- Lost love (1970)
- Beyond the Slaughterhouse (1972)
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