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The celebrated Indian columnist and novelist Shobhaa De, known for her outspoken views, has come up with her 17th book titled ‘Sethji’ having been published by Penguin whose reading session was held recently at the Crossword Bookstores housed in Mumbai’s Mohammedbhai Mansion.
Noted Bollywood actor, Manoj Bajpayee, did a reading from the book in a very impressive manner which earned him accolades even from the author.
”What an outstanding professional! Every single person present at Crossword last evening went away singing the praises of Manoj Bajpayee. Here's one actor who could teach a thing or two to several of his contemporaries-acting skills, of course, and more importantly, just basic good manners. His reading from Sethji went off swimmingly well,” the versatile Shobhaa De acknowledged on her blog.
“Author Namita Devidayal provided able support, as she stayed ‘in character' (Amrita's). Manoj spoke with transparent sincerity and responded to audience questions with candour and good humour. It was a terrific session,” she added.
By her own admission, she had decided to skip the conventional book launch event, having done it numerous times in the past. Instead she did a digital launch of ‘Sethji’ before organizing the reading session.
Before the publication of ‘Sethji’ her published titles were Shobhaa at Sixty, Sandhya`s Secret, Superstar India-From Incredible to Unstoppable, Strange Obsession, Snapshots, Spouse: The truth about marriage, Speedpost, Surviving Men, Selective Memory, Second Thoughts, Small Betrayals, Shooting from the hip, Sultry Days, Uncertain Liaisons, Sisters, Starry Nights and Socialite Evenings.
Shobhaa De, born on January 7, 1948, made a name in modeling before taking up the profession of journalism in 1970. She is credited to have founded and edited three popular magazines, Stardust, Society, and Celebrity.
She started contributing to The Times of India in the 1980s and mostly wrote on the lifestyles of the Mumbai celebrities.
She has gone on become one of the most sought-after freelance writers and columnists, working for several newspapers and magazines.
Shobhaa De has participated in several literary festivals, including the Karachi Literature Festival and the Writers' Festival in Melbourne.