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Arundhati Roy – A Woman Of Substance

With the entire nation running for Anna Hazare, there is one person who is constantly saying that she wouldn't want to be Anna and that is the Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy. Roy is one woman of substance, she is a famous Indian novelist, a critic, a script writer, an aerobics trainer and lot more. Take a look to know more about the valorous woman.

Born in 1961, Roy has been in the limelight since decades for her valorous and outspoken behavior. Arundhati Roy, apart from being a writer, is also a television personality and has acted in a few movies. Her novels are mainly on the social, environmental and political issues in India.

The striking Roy studied architecture and was married to an architect Gerard da Cunha. She later met filmmaker Pradeep Kishen and is presently married to him. Roy is always known for her controversial statements. In 1994, she had crticised director Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen for misinterpreting the character of phoolan devi in the movie.

The famous Woman came up with her first novel in 1996 known as “The God Of Small Things" for which she won the Booker Prize. According to the New York Times, the book was one of the bestsellers of the year.

The brave woman of substance is also working as a screenplay writer for the Banyan Tree and a documentary called “Damage". Her second novel We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples was released in 2009 by the Survival International.

Arundhati Roy has also campaigned along with the activist Medha Patkar against the Narmada Dam Project and also against many massive hydroelectric dam projects in the central and western states of India.

For the recent Anna movement, Arundhati Roy is again on the other side criticizing the idea of the “Jan lokpal bill" saying the movement is no less a maoist movement.

Story first published: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 10:30 [IST]
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