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Be Indian , Believe In India - Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De is coming up with books at such a rapid pace, it's difficult to keep track. Here we are just trying to discuss her thoughts, as they have evolved with the evolving India. Shobhaa De sees the change taking place in the country as tumultuous but good for the country which includes everything, good, bad and ugly. She views herself as a global Indian who has kept pace with the changes in the country.

Shobhaa De Refuses To Fade Away

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She says, the women have a natural ability to adjust to any new situation, which probably explains her own success at being what she is today. She is a natural at challenging the conventional so she may have the freedom to do what she wants to. She refuses to be a fading granny figure, and says it is possible to live life after sixty as well.

A Journey with India

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She has always been known for writing the way she does (provocative), though she has largely remained around Bollywood most of the time. She has changed track now and has started to write about India and how to live life after sixty (different books). She believes her life journey has gone along with India (both are sixty now), and that she has had a lovely journey so far. She wants the youth of the country to remain invested in the country, because that's where the future is, she says. She wants to discourage the earlier Go West instinct ingrained into us by our own elders.

Believe in India
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Shobhaa De says she never stopped believing in India because of her father and the way he brought her up. She never tried to write for the audience in Europe and USA, though the decision had nothing to do with any jingoistic reason. There was a time when Indians were apologetic about being Indian, now the body language of the younger generation has undergone a sea change. They believe they are right up there with the best.

Why Do We Run After The Oscars?
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Shobhaa De believes the fundamentals of the country are extremely strong right now, and only a natural disaster or getting nuked may change the picture. At the age of sixty, she believes, India is a very young country. She is strongly against the tendency of all of us to claim an Indian connection with a successful person (especially if he has done well in West). We are still running helter-skelter after the Booker prize, Oscars or anything that is remotely associated with it. It doesn't matter if big names prefer to say they are American (Sunita Williams for example), we still want to claim them.

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