Author: Arundhati Roy

Profile: Suzanna Arundhati Roy is an Indian author and political activist. She is better known as Arundhati Roy gained prominence across the world after writing her novel, The God of Small Things for which she won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in the year 1998. As a political activist, she is involved in environmental causes and human rights.

Writing style: During the initial years of her career Arundhati Roy wrote screenplays for movies and television, later to become one of the most notable English writer’s in India. The book became a best seller by a non-expatriate author of Indian origin.

With radical left-wing leanings she is more prone to belabor her targets with every possible verbal tool at her disposal, instead of using the analysis scalpel. In her interviews she affirms that her political essays and fiction are part of one whole which is inclined to concur.

Published Texts:


1997 – The God of Small Things

2017 – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness


1998 – The End of Imagination

1999 – The Cost of Living

1999 – The Greater Common Good

2002 – The Algebra of Infinite Justice

2003 – War Talk

2004 – Public Power in the Age of Empire

2004 – The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile

2008 – The Shape of the Beast: Conversations with Arundhati Roy

2010 – Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy

2011 – Broken Republic: Three Essays

2011 – Walking with the Comrades

2011 – Kashmir: The Case for Freedom

2013 – The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament

2014 – Capitalism: A Ghost Story

2016 – Things that Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations (with John Cusack)

2017 – The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race and Annihilation of Caste, the Debate Between B.R. Ambedkar and M.K.Gandhi

2019 – My Seditious Heart:  Collected Non-Fiction


Awards and Acknowledgements:

1989 – National Film Award for Best Screenplay – In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones

1997 – The Booker Prize for The God of Small Things

2002 – Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award

2003 – Special recognition as a Woman of Peace at the Global Exchange Human Rights Awards in San Francisco

2004 – Sydney Peace Prize

2006 – Sahitya Akademi Award

2011 – Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing

2014 – Featured as the 100 most influential people in the world in the 2014 list of Time 100