Arundhati Roy – Biography, Career, Awards and Net Worth
Arundhati Roy is an Indian author and political activist. She is famous for her novel ‘The God of Small Things’, which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997. She is a bold and brilliant Indian writer, who made it big in international literature.
Born in 1961, Arundhati’s wrote good books like ‘Broken Republic: Three Essays’, ‘Capitalism: A Ghost Story’ and ‘Power Politics’. Besides, she is a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes. She is never afraid to speak her mind and often raised question and criticized the government.
Arundhati Roy : Early Life and Personal Details
Arundhati was born on November 24, 1961 in Shillong, Meghalaya. Her father, Rajib Roy is a tea plantation manager and her mother, Mary Roy is a women’s rights activist. Her parents got divorced, when she was only two year old. She grew up with her mother and brother in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. She attended Lawrence School in Nilgiris. Then, she enrolled in the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.
During her college days, she was in a relationship with architect Gerard da Cunha. After breaking up with Gerard, she was in love with filmmaker Pradip Krishen. Arundhati worked in Pradip’s movie ‘Massey Sahib’. Later on she tied the knot with Pradip. After a few years, the couple announced their separation.
Arundhati Roy : Career
Roy started her career as a screenplay writer. She wrote the screenplays for movies like ‘In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones’ and ‘Electric Moon’. She completed her first book, ‘The God of Small Things’ in four years and published it in 1996. The book was semi-autobiographical and draws many inspirations from her childhood experiences. The book achieved much appreciation and brings name and fame to her.
Further, she has written numerous essays on contemporary politics and culture. Her most notable works are ‘Broken Republic: Three Essays’, ‘Capitalism: A Ghost Story’ and ‘Power Politics’. After 20 long years, she is coming up with her second novel, ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ in June 2017.
Roy is an active political activist. She presented strong views as a spokesperson in the anti-globalization movement. She firmly opposes India’s nuclear weapons policies. Her support for Kashmiri separatism made her the center of controversies. Major political parties criticized her opinion.
Roy has always stood in support of the Nexalites and minorities. She condemned the Indian government’s armed action against the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency in India.
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Arundhati Roy : Awards
Arundhati Roy is one of the celebrated names in India. Early in her career, she won the National Film Award for best screenplay in 1989. She got this award for the screenplay of ‘In Which Annine Gives It Those Ones’.
In 1997, she received the Booker Prize for her novel ‘The God of Small Things’. Further, she won the Sydney Peace Prize and Norman Mailer Prize.
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Arundhati Roy : Net Worth and Lifestyle
Arundhati prefers to live simple and normal life. She made a good sum of money from her books and publications. She has donated all her prize money for social causes. Roy always stands up for the weaker section and minorities of society. She never holds back to criticize government’s action and policies.