Nothing has changed in Mumbai after 26/11: Shobha De

Nothing has changed in Mumbai after 26/11: Shobha De

Writer and journalist Shobha De speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Monday.

Speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Monday about her “home” where she grew up as a model and edited Stardust, Society and Celebrity magazines before switching over to writing books, she felt nothing has really changed in Mumbai post 26/11 due to the nexus between the police and politics.

At the session “S’s Secrets-On being Shobha De” on the last day of the literary extravaganza, the writer who has recently written a book for children for the first time felt today’s youth was “confused” and trying to seek its identity. It thinks global but doesn’t know where it belongs to.

The youth is asked to follow “the great Indian values” but even the parents have forgotten what those values actually are. It is very difficult to pin down what the values are, she said. De, whose next authorial venture “Sethji” will explore the interesting contemporary politics, herself denied the possibility of joining politics. I have no resources to pursue my agenda and I can’t follow someone else’s so I just don’t have that option, she opined.

Licence issue
Replying to a query on the taxi drivers’ licence issue in Mumbai, she said the issue is not as simplistic as that depicted by the media. If you are in London with a driver who knows neither the road nor English, how would one feel, she asked. Same is true for drivers in any city—Mumbai or Kolkata. It is not about the language alone but also about the corruption and the taxi mafia, she felt.

Giving tips to young girls aspiring to be writers, her simple answer was “rehearse every day, like ‘riyaz’ done by singers till words become obedient.”

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