Dr. Ambika Sharma
The narratives of Shobha De, underlines her role as one of the recognized feminist writers to delve into the lives of modern Indian women. She is known for her contemporary and often provocative storytelling that addresses the evolving roles and aspirations of women in India's urban landscape. Through her characters, she explores themes related to women's agency, economic independence, and their ability to challenge traditional patriarchal structures. The present article discusses Shobha De's representation of women as economically independent and successful in her writings. In De's fictional world, financially self-sufficient women are not portrayed as an unattainable ideal but as a reality. Her women lead lives on their own terms and prioritize their mental well-being. They have careers that provide them with enough financial stability to support themselves without relying on male support. Her female characters challenge societal norms that traditionally placed them under male dominance, and they strive to establish their individual identities. These women are not content with being recognized solely as someone's wife; instead, they aspire to have their own place and work tirelessly to achieve it, even in the face of obstacles. They fearlessly confront challenges to realize their goals and have come to understand and exercise their right to equality with men. They view human connections as opportunities for personal and professional advancement, using them as stepping stones to wealth and status. The article underscores the significance of monetary freedom as a powerful tool in women's struggle against patriarchy in Shobha De's narratives.
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