PH.D RESEARCH SCHOLAR,
BHARATHIAR UNIVERSITY, COIMBATORE
DR. GURUDUTT T.N.,
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,
VISVESWARAPURA EVENING COLLEGE, BANGALORE
Shobha De is a former supermodel, celebrity, journalist and well known author. She is the first author to explore the world of the urban woman in India. Shobha presents very sensitive aspect of transforming modern human life. She has a great understanding of the depth of the psyche of woman and her problems. She believes that the main purpose of art is to present the realistic approach of life. Shobha De’s works give us a review of life revealing several startling facts in the upper middle class and new-rich upper class of Mumbai. All the main characters in Shobha De’s novels strive to gain maturation attaining their potentialities to the full and achieve congruence between their self-concept and their social image. Her novels explore the moral and spiritual breakdown of modern society’s marriage system and marital relations. Shobha De has become the symbol for highlighting different perspectives of woman’s freedom and liberation under the changing contexts. She conceives the extra-marital affairs of women as the stroke to break the traditional and moral values in society. Her novel Second Thoughts (1996) deals with the themes such as family, marriage, patriarchy, quest for identity, struggle for survival and marginality. In this novel De has raised the burning issue of women’s freedom in contemporary India where the protagonist finds herself in a complex human situation aggravated by social, historical and cultural change.
Key Words: Betray, Divergent, Extra-marital, Feminist, Frustrate, Marriage, Rebellious