Shobha De is an Indian columnist and novelist. She is best known for her depiction of socialites and sex in her works of fiction, for which she is sometimes referred to as the "Jackie Collins of India".
After making her name as a model, she began a career in journalism in 1970, during the course of which she founded and edited three magazines—Stardust, Society, and Celebrity. In the 1980s, she contributed to the Sunday magazine section of The Times of India. At present, she is a freelance writer and columnist for several newspapers and magazines.
She has written several popular soaps on television, and writes a fortnightly column for The Week.
De has also participated in several literary festivals, including the Bangalore Literature Festival, having been part of it since its first edition.