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Listen to Me

Shashi Deshpande (Author)

A very happy memory is of a professor in a university in Sydney hosting four of us Indian writers. As usual, we three women in the group were offered orange juice, though glasses of wine were circulating. (This happens all the time in India as well. Seeing me-a woman of my age, and in a sari-soft drinks are invariably held out.) ‘Thank you,’ I said, when the orange juice came to me. ‘I haven’t come all the way to Australia to drink orange juice.’ The professor took me in, all five feet of sari-clad, bindi-decorated woman and said, ‘Bang! There goes a stereotype.’

That’s how stereotypes need to be dealt with! Recently, when an image of Indian women scientists in silk saris, with flowers in their hair, celebrating the successful launch of a satellite, went viral, I had the same thought as the Australian professor, ‘Bang! There goes a stereotype!’.

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About the author

Shashi Deshpande

Shashi Deshpande, daughter of the renowned Kannada dramatist and Sanskrit scholar Shriranga, was born in Dharwad. At the age of fifteen she went to Mumbai, graduated in economics, then moved to Bangalore, where she gained a degree in law. Her writing career began in earnest only in 1970, initially with short stories, of which several volumes have been published. She is the author of four children's books and seven previous novels, the best known of which are The Dark Holds No Terror, That Long Silence, which won the Sahitya Akademi award, and Small Remedies.

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Title Listen to Me
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Context
Language: English
isbn 9789387578920
length 416p.
Subjects Biography