Born: 24 November 1961 (Shillong, Assam)
Bio: Author and political activist, Arundhati Roy, is one of the most notable names in the Indian English Literature.
- Her mother Mary Roy was also a social activist; she worked to uplift women.
- She is a cousin of Prannoy Roy, the head of India’s leading news channel NDTV.
- Her best-selling book “The God of Small Things”, which also won ‘Man Booker Prize’ for her, was her very first novel.
- She wrote the screenplay for the Television Show ‘The Banyan Tree’.
- Her name has been listed in ‘Time 100 – The 100 most influential people in the World’ in 2014
- Has once admitted that “When I write a sentence, I never rewrite it.”
- She is the first Indian women to ever achieve the Booker Prize.
- She donated the royalties from the Malayalam translation of “The God of Small Things” to help Dalit writers to tell their stories to the world.
- Her full name is Suzzana Arundhati Roy.
- She has acted in three movies, her debut movie being National Award winner – ‘Massey Sahib’.