- Shashi Deshpande was born in 1938. She was the daughter of a famous dramatist and writer, Shriranga.
- She received an English education at a protestant mission school in Karnataka. As a schoolgirl, she read the great British classical novels in English, and particularly liked the work of Jane Austen.
- She studied Economics in Bombay and graduated in Law from Bangalore. She later received an MA in English Literature.
never decided that I was going to become a writer, it
was never a conscious decision. I got married, I had no
definite career, I had 2 children. I was restless with
being just a housewife and mother, I was looking for a
job. Then we were in England for a year, my husband was
a doctor. I was very isolated there because he was at
work all day and I had these 2 children and no friends
so then we returned and he said 'why don't you write about
our year there?'. Then I joined a journalism course. I
loved writing, I felt at home with it…so I think in one
way I stumbled into it but I really think of it this way
as writing was something which was waiting for me along
the line and then I reached that point, and then I knew
what my life was going to be about."|