Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shobhaa Dé



Shobhaa Dé one of the most read writers in India was born in Maharashtra. She grew up and studied in Delhi and Bombay, where she majored in psychology and where she now lives. She embarked on a career as a very young reporter and her budget in this field includes the establishment of three popular magazines Stardust, Society and Celebrity and countless collaborations with newspapers and magazines. Her regular columns are read by millions of Indians across the subcontinent. She made ​​her debut as a novelist in 1988 with Socialite Evenings, the first in a series of novels of extraordinary success, which then were also added to autobiographies and non-fiction.


Famous, omnipresent, even with a past as a model and beauty queen, looked by young people as a model, Shobhaa Dé is a cultural icon of contemporary India. Her books has changed the face of popular Indian novels.

Sisters

Two half sisters one legitimate daughter, the other illegitimate and unknown to the first of an Indian business man died in an accident contend inheritance, capital and men in a Bombay well that exudes luxury and billions. After mutual tripping, bad deals and marriages with profiteers of the worst kind, they will realize that the alliance is the only way to survive the cruelty of the economic jungle of modern India.

After leaving the university in the United States, and what seemed like a promise of love, back to Bombay to take the place of her father. But the family home and the old environment left years before it reveal a forest of danger and her father's affairs are in a very serious crisis, lenders besiege, the closest collaborators hold it far from the truth, friends are perhaps more interested his money. Mikki is alone, on top of that in a world that disapproves of her attitude and her choices by independent woman. There is only one person who could really help her the beautiful, charming, strong-willed Alisha, the illegitimate daughter of her father, which occurred at the funeral, her sister Mikki who has just discovered to have. There is a problem though, Alisha hates Mikki.

Mikki and Alisha are daughters of the same father, but the vicissitudes of life have kept them away, and for this you do not know and only know of the existence of the other. The unexpected and traumatic death of a parent, a wealthy industrialist at the head of a business empire and economic constrains them in some way to relate and interact, albeit they do not always Alberghino feelings of brotherhood and peace. Often surrounded by advisers concerned and despite the inexperience and young age, they are faced with from two different points of view to new situations, unexpected and difficult to govern, in a world filled with dangers of any kind, steeped in envy and fierce rivalry. A story set in India but with features Hollywood, an exciting plot but peppered with resentment and social life, loves and passions easy fatuous that favors the betrayals and that seems to mock the loyalty, both personal and sentimental. A final discreet.

An interesting book. You can feel what it means to be a woman in some countries such as India. It reads fast. A story full of emotions and sometimes suspenseful. A novel to be read under an umbrella in a simple but nice and smooth that presents the Indian affluent class in an episode of beautiful with the role of woman in the twenty-first century  traditional and conservative society of india. The protagonist, a young girl orphaned in his back India from America can no longer accept its traditions, but orphaned rifugierà you in marrying them a man who just wants his money before treating her like a princess and then after the wedding as a animale.MA by the slave woman become a strong woman and determined. Women and the strength of their survival that makes men weak.


Bollywood Nights

Asha Rani is the brightest star of Indian cinema, the amazing beauty admired by millions of viewers. To reach the summit had to work hard, get off and get off to a thousand compromises, driven by a mother ambitious and unscrupulous to the success of her daughter did not stop at nothing. Asha had to be ruthless with herself and with others, harden, defend yourself with your nails and especially hide their feelings. And this cost a lot, and there are many enemies you left behind: actors and actresses rivals, agents, directors, former friends and even her sister Asha could not afford to make mistakes. But he made the biggest mistake, one that can cost you everything: falling in love.

Superstar India: From Incredible to Unstoppable

In the aftermath of the 60th anniversary of its independence, and the dawn of a leap that will take her to be a global superpower, India is in many ways still a mystery. A mystery that fascinates, intrigues, surprises and that raises many questions. How is the new India? As they really are the Indians? What it means to be citizens of the largest democracy of the world (and viewers largest film industry in the world)? What is left of India five thousand years ago? What is brewing in India for the future of the planet? This book is an opportunity to learn from "inside" the answers to these questions.


Strange Obsession

The expression of disgust and hatred that appeared in the eyes is something that haunts me to this day. I did not know what she expected me to say, so I ran to hug her. She pushed me away with ferocity. Go away, you filthy creature, he said. I always knew you were a pervert. You and your father. '"This is the account of how the mother of Minx reacts after learning of rape perpetrated by the husband against the daughter, one of the main protagonists of the novel by Shobhaa Dé.

The whole book is nothing if not the story of the many acts of violence, torture, physical abuse and psychological implemented by Minx embodying, schematically, the heroine bad against Amrita heroin good and to anyone who come between them trying to end the unhealthy relationship that binds them. For the roughness of the topics, Obsession takes some interpretive effort on the symbolic level, in order to go beyond the more immediate and simplistic that abuse victims would inevitably engaged in crimes comparable to those suffered. Once you pass the shocking impact, it can be considered a ruthless analysis of the emotional despair of Minx and a tough initiation rite sentimental imparted to Amrita.

Female and prosperous in the physical structure, Minx has a face horribly disfigured by mental suffering and flaunts awkward and masculine ways: it is the personification of the moral ugliness of his parents and the projection of the actual dysfunctionality of her family. Acts in turn absorbed the violence - with unquestioning obedience and unawareness masochistic, without a constructive rebellion - as a good girl who does not want to give sorrows and confirm that indeed deserves what he has suffered. While the negativity of the father is rather obvious and is presented with a few strokes self-sufficient, that the mother is all to investigate and an opening of great importance. In reality, in fact, many women who are victims of violence face shapes that resemble.

Mothers, sisters, grandmothers, friends, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, lawyers, police women, gynecologists: each of them can react inappropriately in front of the confession of violence perpetrated by fathers, brothers, uncles, grandparents, friends, boyfriends Husbands, acquaintances. Each of them can renew and exacerbate the damage to others due to improper processing of her own life and unconscious traumas that lead to hasty and erroneous attribution of guilt, violating again the one who is asking for help. Each of them, rejecting the story of an abused woman, helps to defend rapists, stalkers, slanderers, asssiting essentially criminal acts.

The applicants investigations that fill the media show that women who are victims of violence, in most cases, and so "inexplicable and mysterious", do not report the incident to the authorities. Embracing the topic with passion and persuasive power, in Shobhaa Dé press that the spirits are more numb shaken by a narrative deliberately chilling and creepy, which pushes some pauses between regenerating the atrocities and brutality of a scene and l ' other; at the same time illustrates the dynamics due to which many women report dramatic vicissitudes without receiving adequate hearing from relatives, friends and professionals interviewed, belonging to both sexes. Throughout the novel explores the fatal consequences of that lack of attention.

Amrita is a beautiful girl coming from a rural area of India who wish to pursue a career as a model and moved to Bombay. While along the road to success that soon the smile on the woman comes into contact with the corruption of the world gravitating around her. In particular Shobhaa Dé refers to areas of entertainment, journalism and fashion, perhaps drawing on his experience as a model and journalist, active since his youth in parallel studies in psychology.

The novel is thus likened to a sort of revival of his interest in the human psyche, especially in the presence of individuals with implications that turbid, because of their selfishness and ineptitude in handling interpersonal relationships, in an unconscious way and push Amrita inevitable in vortex backwashing of the folly of Minx. Characters that represent the prototype of the profession to which they refer, by typing a character peculiar concretely verifiable.

Here was a man who had eyes only for himself. An inflated balloon of narcissism whose conversation never went beyond his next assignment and the latest clothes bought is the description of Rover, actor, model and gigolo, nicknamed the Rogue by his entourage. Amrita undergoing brutality he falls in love in a time of physical neglect. It is rumored that the man is bisexual and therefore, according to an entrenched prejudice, hate women by treating them as he would a beast.

Then enters the scene Karan, a photographer who acts as mentor but is always looking for tricks. Heels overwhelmingly the model, turns out to be moved even by genuine feelings and wants to marry her even though, victim of his own moral degradation, confirming cowardice and inaction in the most tragic moments of the story. They're not all like you, Amrita. These days it has become a dirty world.

The new girls are ready to do any thing: selling out, use subterfuge, slip into the beds that count, "the notes my colleague Sheila reflecting on Karan before in the fashion friend to become a model of integrity for the other girls. However, unlike what often happens in real life, Karan continues to promote Amrita from the business point of view despite the failure of his advances. Finally, comes Partha. Cultured and charming ex sent abroad for a prominent newspaper editor and now journalism, is a married man who by his own admission no longer loves his wife, but seeks confirmation of his manhood flaunting gallantries with young women from whom would claim an automatic toll. With Amrita fails as much as other men, with whom he shares especially the tendency to act with impunity on the borders of the offense or within it.

Meanwhile Minx self-proclaimed friend Amrita: Protecting absolute abuse of avenging executioner, black angel who sows terror among innocent or guilty. While the young woman is not corrupt femininity from the ugliness of life, nor by the lure of the powerful, to Minx, for every injustice directed toward what is in the heart, renews the agony by parents. Rover and Partha suffer from her, respectively, a physical assault and an attack that results in accident. Karan is punished instead of hitting Lola, the model in competition with Amrita that accepts the implicit blackmail photographer seducing and monopolizing the scene.

Minx the scars with the acid and the attorney severe mutilation and avert his career. Far from being an apologist of violence, Shobhaa Dé carries a metaphorical discourse with unflagging determination and getting his hands dirty. He tries to show the correspondence between the parable of crimes Minx and the re-emergence of a mode of justice primordial despicable, based on the eye for eye, tooth for tooth, always lurking in sick minds deprived of all inhibitions and wherever justice official does not protect the victims silent or indulging in easy absolution.

Minx attracts Amrita in a gilded cage with the binding power of shock through progressive and shocking confessions about her past. Enslaved and subjected to treatments ambivalent, she experiments with the ferocity caused by the misogyny of Minx, and at the same time enjoys allegiances and care during which receives many gifts and lived experiences of various kinds including sexual, after which, paradoxically, also reflects in positive terms, thus identifying its own clear conception of love, and then managed to propose to the man she marries.

Minx says she's not a lesbian and it is believable because, hating their femininity devastated and living a distorted affection for the model, wants to simply show that they are better men out there. In view of its purpose, is undergoing breast reduction surgery to cut away the shapes and designs of uninhibited sex change.

You wanna know what I think of your crazy plan? You can also find a charlatan who you sticking a plastic penis, but it will serve to get me pregnant? Can you fecondarmi with a baby? "Replica Amrita in a rare moment of lucidity, in which resurfaces his desire to bind to a man endowed with physical and spiritual fertility. A Western eye feels far-fetched and absurd crimes go unpunished Minx and not disrupt much of the other characters, but the narrative is constructed along the lines of Indian films for which Rakesh, who married Amrita, is the positive hero par excellence recruited combined through an agreement between families, Minx fights with courage after being imprisoned, proves generous and sensitive, free his wife from her past and gives her a son.

In this sense, Shobhaa Dé is not progressive because it outlines an idea of happiness would consist in adherence to established patterns in the Indian tradition, but it is significant that at the end of Amrita able to fully appreciate the quality of Rakesh thanks to the painful path of initiation that leads her far.


Sethji

Sethji is the leader of the ABSP, an important alliance associate in the regime, who is clever, hard-nosed and an entrenched warrior. He is a gentleman who say no to take part in by any decent system or go down a solitary fight. Slackening her line of attack is Amrita, his ravishing and standoffish daughter-in-law who safeguards her personal hush-hush save for when two of the nation’s most authoritative bloke’s line-up to confront Sethji, the scheming aged legislator has to scrap the noxious fight of his existence, an encounter in which he ought to ante all with the lone individual he is put on to confide is Amrita, a lady who confer naught left, not still to Sethji. Divulging the sinister, seamy spirit of Indian political affairs, Sethji is a commanding work of fiction on the subject of desire, self-indulgence and above all dependence. Fascinating, exposing and utterly unputdownable, this is Shobhaa De at her glittering finest.

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