Arundhati Roy eBooks
Arundhati Roy was first became known around the world for her debut novel The God of Small Things. She was born to Ranjit Roy, a tea planter and Bengali Hindu. Her mother, Mary Roy, was a strong activist for women’s rights. This could easily be where Roy found her calling as an activist against wrongs throughout the world.
The God of Small Things won the Booker Prize in America, which brought in a cash prize of $30,000 dollars. She donated all of this money to those causes that she felt needed the money. Before the success of her novel, Roy worked many odd jobs; the most notable one being a health instructor for many premier hotels in the New Delhi area.
Roy is as known for activism as much as she is for her writing. Her main devotion has been to writing nonfiction, essays, and working for social change. She is a strong critic of the United States’ global policies, and is often found protesting and condemning India’s nuclear weapons programs and the rate of industrialization in her country. She is also a strong supporter of secession of her native state of Kashmir from India. She has been frequently criticized by Indian politicians for her words and speeches. There have been several attempts at persecuting Roy for contempt, but each time the Indian courts have backed down as she has publicly denounced the charges as false.
Aside from being an author and activist, Roy has also written many screenplays for the big screen and for television. Her current husband is a filmmaker, creating an obvious good union between the two.