Thought is the main formula for writing any book that is related to domestic as well as married life of any individual. Shobha De has a quality of painting this thought with beautiful colors of atrocious honesty. This makes this author more distinguished from other Indian writers. She rally stand out for this unique feature from rest of them. In few years she has achieved the position of leading novelist as well as enterprising journalist. She has always moved on her life. No set-backs in life discouraged her; she never looked back after stepping forward. She is most fearless writer. High societies in India which is also called as “high class” or in other term some people also regard it as “conveniently hypocritical” is full of fake thinking and faces. Shobha De as an author exposed this society and its people very bravely. She revealed the truth in the life of Bombay elite and made every one aware of it. You will find varied interpretation for “snapshots” book of her but this books can be best fit in the category of reality novel. Though all the characters and situation are fictitious but there is depiction of reality in it. Writer wrote this book by keeping in mind high class as well as urban readers and this can be easily viewed by representation of characters in the storyline of this novel. Whole book is divided in chapters and every progressive chapter reveals reality of Bombay elite.
There is immense combination of actors, aristocrats, rich house wives as well as socialites in her characters of the novel. This story is about six friends who meet someday for lunch and at that very place they started discussing their secrets and made their confession also. The interesting part of this novel is that chapter where these six friends disclose evil behind their smooth running lives. They were not at all happy with hi-fi lifestyle and this society. Readers take interest in these kinds of stuff is they are already aware of this type of happening in rich society. Shobha has weaved insecurities, dissatisfaction, broken lives as well as disloyalties of rich people through her marvelous writing. She used perfect words along with the well matched adjectives that are enough to describe these people. Through her write ups and imaginative story she was uncovered those people who pretend to be clean, dapper as well as well mannered. She believed that Indian have clichéd western thoughts and their lifestyles to such an extent that we all have became the hypocrite and unrealistic. All evil practices such as rape, lies and incest have happened to be part of Indian society. Her portrays of female images in novels may be seem offensive for some people. Nevertheless, she focused to show real picture behind the cool along with broad minded society of the youths.
The reality is very different from things which we see. Glamorous life attracts everyone toward itself but who are trapped in it realizes that it’s all fake and decisive. Present scenario has completely changed and old values & traditions are no more in existence. The society has become materialistic where independent women have completely left behind her modesty. Marriages are just fostered to gain social status, sex, bank balance, house or car. She also said that sex is the easiest way for acquiring money and fulfilling all yours dream. She got the idea of keeping “snapshots” as the title of this novel after writing the incident of friends meeting point where they decide to bring their old snaps together. These snaps do not have much relevance to the main story. Readers reviewed as “masala” for the story. The second flaw which is notices by every reader is excessive implication of word “sex”. The main track of this novel story is shifted due to unnecessary as well as large description for sex. She implemented writing technique in this novel which is known as “stream of consciousness”. In case the other writers make use of subconscious reminiscence of his or her build characters and also makes the readers to explore the characters. Every youth suffer from all these stages which shobha has mentioned in this story. Now, everyone is well aware of the real fact of glamorous city life of Mumbai.