USHA P. YAUL
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR & HEAD
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
SHRI GANESH ARTS COLLEGE
Shobha De, one of the best selling writers in India presents a rebellious image of modern, educated upper-class family living in the urban city like Bombay. She exposes an inner urge of modern women for emancipation, pleasures of body, her identity, economic independence, equal status in the family and society. To exercise their liberation, all her heroines discard the traditional, cultural and moral values of the family and society. They run after name, fame and money. To achieve all these, they get attracted towards the glamorous world and rebel against the set norms of the married women in the family. In Socialite Evening, Karuna is a representation of modern upper-class women who, to exercise her freedom and self-identity hesitates even not to enter into extra-marital relationship. As she suffers due to callous and non-responsive attitude, takes bold step to stand against her exploitation, discrimination and treatment as a mere object at the hands of her husband in family.
Key words: Modern woman, exploitation, rebel, liberation, modeling, identity, ex-marital relation.