About the BookThe present book seeks to study the feminist perspective in Shashi Deshpande’s novels. It reveals Deshpande’s sincerity and ability in voicing the concerns of the urban educated middle-class woman. Trapped between tradition and modernity, her sensitive heroines are fully conscious of being victims of gross gender discrimination prevalent in a conservative male-dominated society. A culture-specific approach has been adopted to unravel Shashi Deshpande’s pragmatic resolution related to the modern Indian woman’s beleaguered existence. The book, it is hoped, will make a rich contribution to women’s studies.About the Author/sSiddhartha Sharma, is Lecturer in English at the Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya, Chitrakoot, Satna (M.P.). He obtained his Master’s degree from the Awadhesh Pratap Singh Vishwavidyalaya, Rewa (M.P.), for the dissertation entitled “Vectors of Creative Experimentation in G.V. Desani”; D. Phil. from Allahabad University, for the thesis entitled “The Literary Influences in the Novels of Arun Joshi: A Critical Study.” He has a book to his credit entitled Arun Joshi's Novels: A Critical Study (Atlantic Publishers, 2004). He has also translated into Hindi a book, Higher Education in India: New Dimensions and Directions, authored by Prof. Dr. B.H. Briz-Kishore, Chairman, National Council of Rural Institute (NCRI), Ministry of HRD, Government of India. In addition, he has contributed several research papers to various books and reputed journals.