The male world of Shoba De: A study of socialite evenings
Though Shoba De is a staunch feminist, she has presented her characters – both female and male – masterly. The image of man that emerges from Shobha De’s novels is generally negative. A male character is frequently portrayed as seducer, exploiter, wife-beater, rapist, torturer or a cruel, callous husband. She has presented men as beings who are present in her novels to satisfy the lust for money, fame, status and insatiable craving of one or more female characters. It has made her able to reduce men to insignificance so that her novels become various harsh messages given by a woman writer to the patriarchal society.