Novelist and short story writer Shashi Deshpande began her career with short stories and has by now authored nine short story collections, eleven novels and four books for children. Three of her novels have received awards, including the Sahitya Akademi award for That Long Silence. Her latest novels are Small Remedies, Moving On, In The Country of Deceit, Ships That Pass and If I Die Today. A new novel is to come out next year.
Many of her short stories and novels have been translated into a number of Indian as well as many European languages. She has translated two plays by her father, Adya Rangacharya, (Shriranga), as well as his memoirs, from Kannada into English, and a novel by Gauri Deshpande from Marathi into English.
Apart from fiction, she has written a number of articles on various subjects – literature, language, Indian writing in English, feminism and women’s writing – which have now been put together in the collection, Writing from the Margin.
Shashi Deshpande has written the script for a Hindi feature film, 'Drishti', which was directed by Govind Nihalani. She was on the Advisory Board (for English) of the Sahitya Akademi for five years and the Chairperson of the Jury for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, 2000. She has been invited to participate in various literary conferences and festivals, as well as to lecture in Universities, both in India and abroad. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2008. She lives in Bangalore with her husband, Dr D.H. Deshpande. They have two sons.