|Arundhati Roy Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||November 24, 1961|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Arundhati Roy is an Indian author, essayist, and activist who is best known for her 1997 novel The God of Small Things, which won the “Booker Prize for Fiction” in 1997 as well as became the best-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author. Her bibliography also includes The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, The End of Imagination, The Algebra of Infinite Justice, The Greater Common Good, War Talk, Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy, The Cost of Living, Power Politics, An Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire, Public Power in the Age of Empire, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, The Shape of the Beast: Conversations with Arundhati Roy, Broken Republic: Three Essays, Walking with the Comrades, The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament, My Seditious Heart: Collected Non-Fiction, and Azadi: Freedom, Fascism, Fiction.
Suzanna Arundhati Roy
Shillong, Assam (later Meghalaya), India
Arundhati Roy studied at Corpus Christi in Kottayam and Lawrence School, Lovedale in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. After that, she got enrolled at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and studied architecture. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree.
Author, Essayist, Activist
- Father – Rajib Roy (A Bengali Hindu tea plantation manager from Calcutta)
- Mother – Mary Roy (A Malayali Jacobite Syrian Christian women’s rights activist from Kerala)
- Siblings – She has a brother.
- Others – P. V. Isaac (Maternal Grandfather) (An entomologist who trained in England under Harold Maxwell-Lefroy and became an Imperial Entomologist at Pusa), Susy Isaac (Maternal Grandmother), George (Maternal Uncle), Prannoy Roy (Cousin) (Economist, Chartered Accountant, Psephologist, Journalist, Author, Former Executive Co-chairperson of NDTV)
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
50 kg or 110 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Arundhati Roy has dated –
- Gerard da Cunha (1978-1982) – She met Gerard da Cunha during her time at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and they got married in 1978. They lived together in Delhi and then in Goa before eventually parting ways. They divorced in 1982.
- Pradip Krishen (1984-Present) – In the year 1984, she met independent filmmaker, naturalist, and environmentalist Pradip Krishen. He offered her a role as a goatherd in his award-winning 1985 drama film Massey Sahib. The duo married in 1984 and she became stepmother to Pradip’s 2 daughters from a previous relationship. They also collaborated on a television series about India’s independence movement and 2 films, namely, Annie and Electric Moon. Arundhati Roy and Pradip Krishen later started living separately.
Race / Ethnicity
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Arundhati Roy Facts
- Her parents’ marriage was a troubled one and they divorced when Arundhati was 2 years old. After that, the family lived with Roy’s maternal grandfather in Ooty, Tamil Nadu for some time. They later moved back to Kerala and her mother started a school.
- For her collection of essays titled The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2001), Arundhati Roy was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award. However, she declined to accept it.
- She won the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award in 2002 for her work “about civil societies that are adversely affected by the world’s most powerful governments and corporations”, in order “to celebrate her life and her ongoing work in the struggle for freedom, justice and cultural diversity”.
- Along with Bianca Jagger, Barbara Lee, and Kathy Kelly, Arundhati Roy was awarded “special recognition” as a Woman of Peace at the Global Exchange Human Rights Awards in San Francisco in 2003.
- She was awarded the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing in November 2011.
- She was included in Time magazine’s list of “100 most influential people in the world”.
- In September 2023, Arundhati was honored with the 45th European Essay Prize for “Lifetime Achievement” for the French translation of her compilation of essays called Azadi.
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