Arundhati Roy is a renowned Indian author, essayist, and political activist. She was born on November 24, 1961, in Shillong, Meghalaya, India. She is best known for her debut novel, "The God of Small Things," which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1997.
Roy studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, but she dropped out in her second year to become a writer.
Roy started writing "The God of Small Things" in 1992 and finished it in four years. The book was an immediate success and won the Booker Prize in 1997, making Roy the first Indian woman to win the award.
Roy has been an outspoken critic of globalization, capitalism, and the Indian government's policies on a range of issues, including Kashmir, Naxalism, and the Narmada Dam project. She has been arrested several times for her political activism.
Roy's non-fiction books include "The Algebra of Infinite Justice," "Broken Republic," "Walking with the Comrades," and "Capitalism: A Ghost Story." These books reflect her political views and offer a critical analysis of contemporary Indian society.
Roy is also a talented screenwriter and has written the screenplay for the film "In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones," which was directed by Pradip Krishen.
Roy is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Sydney Peace Prize, the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing, and the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.
In 2019, Roy published her second novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," which was longlisted for the Booker Prize.
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