Shashi Deshpande is a novelist and short story writer. Her publications include 11 novels, two crime novellas, a number of short story collections, a book of essays and four children’s books. Three of her novels have received awards, including the Sahitya Akademi award in 1990 for That Long Silence. She has done translations from Kannada and Marathi into English and her own work has been translated into various Indian and European languages. Her latest work is a book of memoirs, Listen to Me (2018). She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009.