Gauri Deshpande

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Gauri Deshpande
Born (1942-11-02)2 November 1942
Died 1 March 2003(2003-03-01) (aged 60)
Pune, Maharashtra
Nationality Indian
Education M.A., PhD
Occupation Writer, Poet

Gauri Deshpande (11 February 1942[citation needed] – 1 March 2003) was a novelist, short story writer, and poet from Maharashtra, India. She wrote in Marathi and English.


Deshpande was born in Pune to Irawati and Dinkar Dhondo Karve, youngest of two siblings.[citation needed] She is also the granddaughter of the social reformer Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve.

Her daughter Urmila Deshpande is also an author and published the novels Kashmir Blues[1], A Pack of Lies[2], and Equal to Angels; the short story collection, Slither: Carnal Prose, and edited Madhouse: True stories of the Inmates of Hostel 4.[citation needed]


Deshpande finished her high school education at Ahilyadevi School in Pune.[citation needed] She then attended Fergusson College to receive an M.A in English Literature. She eventually received her PhD in English from Pune University.[1]

Professional life

Deshpande taught at the Department of English at Fergusson College[3] and later as a professor at the department of English at the then University of Pune.


Deshpande died in Pune on 1 March 2003 due to complications arising as a result of alcohol abuse.[1] She is survived by two daughters from her first husband[2], one daughter from her second husband[2], three grandsons and a granddaughter.[citation needed]


Deshpande wrote in Marathi and English. Her works include fiction, non-fiction, short stories, articles and translations.

Marathi Works

  • Paus Ala Motha (1973)[4]
  • Ekek Pan Galawaya (1985) (fiction)[5]
    • translated to Gujarati as Ekek aa khare pandadun in 1989 by Jayantilal Mehta[6]
  • Teruo Te Ani Kahi Door Paryant (1985) (fiction)[7]
  • Ahe He Ase Ahe (1986)[8]
  • Niragathi Ani Chandrike Ga Sarike Ga (1987)(fiction)[9]
  • Dustar Ha Ghat Ani Thang (1989)(Marathi fiction)[10]
  • Mukkam (1992)(fiction)[11]
  • Vinchurniche Dhade (1996)(fiction)[12]
  • Goph (1999)(fiction)[13]
  • Utkhanan (2002)(fiction)[14]

English Works

  • "Between Births" (1968)[15]
  • Lost love (1970)[16]
  • The Murder (Article)[17]
  • Beyond the Slaughterhouse (1972)(poems)[18]
  • The position of women in India (1973)(Pamphlet)[19]
  • An anthology of Indo-English poetry (1974)[20]
  • Small is beautiful (Article)[21]
  • That's the way it is (1982)(Article published in Journal of South Asian literature)[22]
  • Collected Plays of Satish Alekar (1989) co-editor. Within the book, the story The Dread Departure was the english translation of the 1974 Marathi play Mahanirvan by Satish Alekar[23][24][25]
  • Right on, Sister! (1995)(Article co-authored with Vidyut Aklujkar published in Journal of South Asian literature)[26]
  • --and Pine for What Is Not (1995)(translation of Sunita Deshpande's Ahe Manohar Tari...)[citation needed]
  • The Lackadaisical Sweeper (1997) (short story collection)[27]
  • Diary of a decade of agony (translation of Avinash Dharmadhikari's Aswastha dashakachi diary)[citation needed]
  • The female of the Species (a short poem)[28]
  • She also translated the ten volumes of "Arabian Nights" written by Sir Richard Burton from English to Marathi. The volumes were published in 1976-77.[citation needed]


  • In 1989, her book Ekek Pan Galawaya was translated to Gujarati as Ekek aa khare pandadun by Jayantilal Mehta[29]
  • In 2010, her book Niragathi Ani Chandrike Ga Sarike Ga was translated to English as Deliverance: a Novella by Shashi Deshpande[30][31]
  • In 2018, her book Paus Ala Motha was adapted into the Marathi film Aamhi Doghi.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "'I could write only after mother died' | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  2. ^ a b c "A Bruising Pursuit Of Love". Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  3. ^ "Fergusson College, Pune". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  4. ^ a b "FILM: AAMHI DOGHI - Pune Mirror -". Pune Mirror. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  5. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1985). Ekeka pāna gaḷāvayā. Mumbaī: Mauja.
  6. ^ Deshpande, Gauri; Mehta, Jayantilal Manilal (1989). Ekek aa khare pandadun (in Gujarati). Bombay: Navbharat.
  7. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1985). Teruo ani kahee duraparyant (in Marathi). Bombay: Mauj Prakashan.
  8. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1986). Āhe he asã āhe. Mumbaī: Mauja Prakāśana Gr̥ha.
  9. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (2008). Niragāṭhī āṇi Candrike ga, sārike ga. Mumbaī: Mauja Prakāśana Gr̥ha.
  10. ^ Deshpande, Gauri; Deshpande, Gauri (1989). "Dustara hā ghāṭa": āṇi, "Thāṅga". Mumbaī: Mauja Prakāśana Gr̥ha.
  11. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1992). Mukkāma (in Marathi). Mumbaī: Mauja Prakāśana Gr̥ha.
  12. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1996). Viñcurṇīce dhaḍe. Mumbaī: Mauja Prakāśana Gr̥ha.
  13. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1999). Gopha. Mumbaī: Mauja Prakāśana Gr̥ha. ISBN 8174861106.
  14. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (2002). Utkhanana. Mumbaī: Mauja Prakāśana Gr̥ha. ISBN 8174862838.
  15. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1968). Between births. Calcutta: Writers Workshop.
  16. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1970). Lost love. Calcutta: Writers Workshop.
  17. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1972). "THE MURDER". mahfil Mahfil. 8 (4): 71–72. ISSN 0025-0503.
  18. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1972). Beyond the slaughter house poems. Calcutta: Pritish Nandy on behalf of Dialogue Publications.
  19. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1973). The position of women in India. Bombay.
  20. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1974). An anthology of Indo-English poetry. Delhi: Hind Pocket Books.
  21. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1980). "SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL". indilite Indian Literature. 23 (1–2): 183–185. ISSN 0019-5804.
  22. ^ Deshpande, Gauri; Engblom, Philip; Bhagwat, Vidyut; Junghare, Indira (1982). "THAT'S THE WAY IT IS". jsasianlit Journal of South Asian Literature. 17 (1): 75–78. ISSN 0091-5637.
  23. ^ "Getting it Rite". mid-day. 2014-12-12. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  24. ^ Collected Plays of Satish Alekar: The Dread Departure, Deluge, The Terrorist, Dynasts, Begum Barve, Mickey and the Memsahib. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 2011-03-01. ISBN 9780198069881.
  25. ^ Āḷekara, Satīśa; Deshpande, Gauri (1989). The dread departure = Mahanirvan. Calcutta: Seagull Books. ISBN 817046059X.
  26. ^ Deshpande, Gauri; Aklujkar, Vidyut (1995). "RIGHT ON, SISTER!". jsasianlit Journal of South Asian Literature. 30 (1–2): 17–22. ISSN 0091-5637.
  27. ^ Deshpande, Gauri (1997). The lackadaisical sweeper: short stories. Chennai: Manas. ISBN 8186852042.
  28. ^ Roy, Devapriya. "On Mother's Day, a warm, moving book that happens to be about mothers and daughters". Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  29. ^ Deshpande, Gauri; Mehta, Jayantilal Manilal (1989). Ekek aa khare pandadun (in Gujarati). Bombay: Navbharat.
  30. ^ Deshpande, Gauri; Deshpande, Shashi; Deshpande, Shashi; Deshpande, Shashi (2010). Deliverance: a novella. New Delhi: Women Unlimited. ISBN 8188965634.
  31. ^ Kulkarni, Reshma (2011-03-05). "All in the family". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
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