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Shashi Deshpande

Shashi Deshpande (b. 1938) was born in Dharwad, Karnataka and had her education there, and later in Bombay and Bangalore. She currently lives in Bangalore.Photograph of Shashi Deshpande

She holds degrees in economy, law and English literature. She is the daughter of Sriranga, a famous Kannada dramatist and Sanskrit scholar. According to Shashi Deshpande herself, she did not make a conscious decision to be a writer but stumbled into being one out of ennui. But once into it, there could be nothing else.

Her novels are deeply rooted in India: the characters, settings, and the conflicts, inherently Indian. Above all, she is a storyteller. Her short stories have been widely anthologized.

Shashi Deshpande has won the Sahitya Akademi Award.


  • The Legacy and Other Stories {1978}
  • The Dark Holds No Terrors {1980}
  • If I Die Today {1982}
  • Narayanpur Incident {2003}
  • The Binding Vine {2002}
  • That Long Silence {1989}
  • A Matter of Time {1999}
  • The Intrusion and Other Stories {1993}
  • Writing from the Margin and Other Essays
  • Small Remedies {2000}
  • Come Up and Be Dead {1983}
  • Roots and Shadows {1983}
  • Moving On {2004}
  • In the Country of Deceit {2008}