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Simply Sixty

“This is the first time I have worn such an outfit,how does it look? My publisher Ashok Chopra has designed it for me,isn’t it pretty?” trilled writer Shobhaa De about her pink salwar-kameez,bangles and bindi.

“This is the first time I have worn such an outfit,how does it look? My publisher Ashok Chopra has designed it for me,isn’t it pretty?” trilled writer Shobhaa De about her pink salwar-kameez,bangles and bindi. The author was in the city for Vivek High School’s 15th Founder’s Week,where she inaugurated Hues of Harmony,an exhibition by the students,and the Critical Thinking Fair. At Capitol Book Depot in Sector 17,De switched over to marketing mode,signing copies of her book,Shobhaa at Sixty,Secrets of Getting It Right. The expected question was tossed around: “What’s her secret of looking like she does at 60?” Without batting an eyelid,came the answer: “I guess my gene pool,positive attitude and enjoying the small pleasures of life.”

“Sixty is the new forty,” declares De,as she talks about her new book,published by Hay House. The inspiration for penning this one being,“to free people from the cage of age.” She agrees that we live in a society where youth is worshipped but for her,turning 60 is the beginning of a whole new journey. This age,she adds,sets you free from hang-ups and anxieties and she,the “showstopper” wanted to take the message forward,so that people could rethink their age. From body,mind and health to menopause,work,family and spiritual quests,De takes a candid look at her life spanning six decades and shares it with her readers while offering practical advice.

She is also half-way through her next book,a work of fiction. She last wrote fiction a decade ago. “It’s a little scary,but I was absorbed in writing about what was going around me,India was going through many changes and I wanted to chronicle these,” she says.

She is also set to start her own publishing house,Imprint in 2011. The author says that she is looking for young writers with attitude,who write original stuff. “Nothing recycled,” she adds. “I am looking for that voice that speaks for the entire generation.”