Arundhati Roy: Biography

Arundhati Roy

24 nov 1961

Arundhati Roy is a famous Indian author credited for her first novel ‘The God of Small Things’. This courageous lady is a social activist and celebrated person in India for her voice against anyone or anything that is against humanity.

Arundhati Roy’s childhood and especially her mother should be the reason for her boldness and fighting attitude. She was born in Shillong, Meghalaya to Rajib Roy and Mary Roy. Arundhati’s father was addicted to alcohol and her mother faced its consequences. Her parents divorced when she was 2 years old. Mary returned to her native with Arundhati and her brother and she started a School by herself and raised her kids.

After completing her schooling, Arundhati Roy went to Delhi to study architecture. She left home at the age of 16 and started to lead a life on her own. Her carrier started with television when she married film maker Pradip Krishen but both career and marriage did not last for long. Arundhati not satisfied with television started writing.

Although Arundhati was known through television, it was her first novel ‘The God of Small Things’ that landed her a place in the world of writers. The novel not only brought her fame but also won the ‘Man Booker Prize for Fiction’ along with a cash prize of US$30,000 which made her financially secure. It took New York Times Best Sellers List fourth position for independent fiction. The novel sold 6 million copies worldwide and got translated into more than 40 languages.

Arundhati instead of starting her second novel switched her path. She started writing essays on issues burning the society. If there happened to be any protest in the country against any social cause, Arundhati will be a part it. People even tried to imprison her for her open and loud criticisms.

Arundhati Roy has received many awards including the Sydney Peace Prize for her social works. She is also known for returning few awards as a way of protest. Although Arundhati is busy in her social life, she had promised another novel for her reader fans.