When Arundathi Roy was born to Mary Roy and Rajib Roy, in Shillong, Meghalaya, the happy couple did not really forsee the fact their daughter would be the first Indian writer to win the honourable Man Booker prize and she would not stop there.
Arundathi's mother was a Malayali Syrian Christian and father was a Bengali Hindu Plantation Manager. Her parents divorced when she was two and her mother moved to Kerala with the children, Arundathi and her brother.
They first lived in Ooty, Tamil Nadu with Arundathi's maternal grandfather until she was five. They moved to Kerala then, where her mother started a school. Her mother was a women's rights activist and it was natural that Arundathi was raised to be a woman who would not be cowered into her beliefs.
Arundathi attended school. She grew up to study architecture in School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi after which she briefly lived for around two years with a famous architect. But they seperated after a mutual understanding. In 1984, she met Pradip Krishen who she fell in love with and married.
Thus, she began her career in television. She wrote screenplays which were directed by her husband and sometimes performed roles in them. Once she even acted as a goatherd in an award-winning film.
And this was just a beginning.
There was no turning back.
It wasn't until The God of Small Things was published however that Roy''s fame shot up. The book won her the Man Booker Prize and blew her into international stardom but it was also where the problems began. While there were stellar reviews of the book in it's exploration of sensitive topics in an elegant manner, it drew criticism from home in it's touches about sexuality. The book explores especially the concept of 'Love Laws' and fights against society's standards of what love should be.
Arundathi Roy had to face harsh battles. She was charged by the court for writing a book of obscenity and the darker aspects of society trying to supress love.
Roy became an ardent writer, not novels until The Ministry of Utmost Happiness but as a political essayist. She is known for being a harsh crtic during Bush's years and on major political issues. Currently, she has been in the lead for a few controversial stances on political issues, but is still considered one of the greatest writers in classics.
She is unafraid of her opinions and is truly an inspiration to people all over the world to look at all all sides of the things and to be unafraid of choosing a stand. And Arundathi faced it all, coming out not only a better writer but a harsh critique of the political scene in India surpassing expectations and norms.