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Arundhati Roy

November 19, 2010



Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy is known as an award winning author and also as a social activist and inspiration to all those who seek to support the poor and oppressed. Roy came in the limelight in 1997 when her book The God of Small Things fetched the coveted Booker Prize. This down-to-earth girl-next-door whisked off a whirlwind of controversy through her pen and her association with various social movements and activities. And this year again she is back in the public eye having been awarded the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award (2005) for her collection of Essays The algebra of infinite justice. Arundhati Roy – the multifaceted talent – is In Focus this week.
Life : Born in 1961 in Bengal, Arundhati Roy grew up in Kerala, the Indian state where The God of Small Things is set.
The tale is based on twin children battling with the caste structures in India. Roy, herself, is the product of an inter-caste marriage. Her father is from a Hindu family of Bengal while her mother is a Christian. From the time she was very young, she knew in her heart that she wanted to be a writer. She studied architecture and taught aerobics but once Roy began writing screenplays, her writing career took off. Roy’s debut novel, The God of Small Things, was published in 1997. It became an international bestseller, and in October 1997 won the coveted Booker Prize. Roy has since involved herself in causes such as the anti-nuclear movement and the Narmada Bachao Andolan and has written several essays in support of the causes she so strongly believes in. Arundhati is a towering intellect with a poetic fluency with words delivered in a soft modulated voice. She is also a dog-lover and her past times are writing and running.

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