Author Arundhati Roy :
Author Arundhati Roy in the first week of October 2016 announced her latest novel titled The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. The novel will be published by Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin India. The novel will hit the stands in June 2017. It is after 19 years that Roy has announced the release of her next novel after her Booker prize-winning novel The God of Small Things was published.
About Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy is best known for her novel The God of Small Things that was published in 1997. The novel won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997. Her dubet novel became the biggest-selling book by a nonexpatriate Indian author. She is also a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.
Roy was born in Shillong, Meghalaya to a Keralite Christian mother and a Bengali Hindu father. She spent her childhood in Aymanam in Kerala which she mentions in her autobiographical book, The God of Small Things. The novel is filled with Roy’s Childhood memories.
Roy has also concentrated on penning down political issues. She has written on diverse topics such as Narmada Dam project, India’s nuclear weapons and American power giant Enron’s activities in India. She also served as a critic of neo-imperialism and has been linked with anti-globalization movement.
Early in her career, she worked for television and movies. She wrote the screenplays for In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, a movie based on her experiences as a student of architecture, and Electric Moon. She won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay in 1988 for In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones.
Arundhati Roy received great attention in 1994 when she criticized Shekhar Kapoor’s film Bandit Queen based on Phoolan Devi.
She denounced the movie calling it “The Great Indian Rape Trick” in her film review.