Arundhati Roy Age, Biography, Husband, Children, Family, Facts & More

Arundhati Roy

Full NameSuzanna Arundhati Roy
ProfessionAuthor, Novelist, Activist
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in feet inches- 5’ 4”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 121 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 November 1961
Age (as in 2017)55 Years
Birth PlaceShillong, Assam (present-day Meghalaya), India
Zodiac sign/Sun signSagittarius
SignatureArundhati Roy Signature
HometownAymanam, Kottayam, Kerala, India
SchoolCorpus Christi High School (now, Pallikoodam), Kottayam, Kerala, India
Lawrence School, Lovedale, Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu, India
CollegeSchool of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, India
Educational QualificationA Degree in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
FamilyFather- Rajib Roy (A tea plantation manager)
Mother- Mary Roy (A women's rights activist)
Arundhati Roy Mother Mary Roy
Brother- Lalit Kumar Christopher Roy
Arundhati Roy Brother Lalit Kumar Christopher Roy
Sister- N/A
ReligionBengali Hindu (Father)
Syrian Christian (Mother)
AddressAn apartment in a smart enclave near the Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi, India
Arundhati Roy Delhi Apartment
HobbiesCycling, Reading, Writing, Travelling
Awards/Honours1989: National Film Award for Best Screenplay for the screenplay of "In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones."
1997: Booker Prize for her novel The God of Small Things.
Arundhati Roy Booker Prize
2002: The Lannan Foundation's Cultural Freedom Award for her work about civil societies.
2003: Awarded "special recognition" as a Woman of Peace at the Global Exchange Human Rights Awards in San Francisco.
2004: The Sydney Peace Prize for her work in social campaigns and her advocacy of non-violence.
2006: The Sahitya Akademi Award by the Government of India for her collection of essays on contemporary issues, "The Algebra of Infinite Justice," but she declined to accept it.
2011: Awarded the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing.
2014: Featured in the list of Time 100, the 100 most influential people in the world.
Controversies• In 1994, she criticised Shekar Kapoor's film Bandit Queen and accused him of having distorted the story of Phoolan Devi. Her statement caused much controversy and peaked in a lawsuit.
• In 1999, The Pachmarhi Special Area Development Authority (SADA) in Madhya Pradesh had served a "stop building" order on Arundhati Roy and her husband Krishen for building a house in the protected Pachmarhi area. The SADA notice said that under Section 16 of the state Town and Country Planning Act, 1973, the land use of Pachmarhi and its neighbouring areas had been frozen.
Arundhati Roy Panchmarhi House Madhya Pradesh
• In 2001, she attracted controversy for calling convicted terrorist Mohammad Afzal a "prisoner-of-war." Mohammad Afzal aka Afzal Guru was convicted in the 2001 Indian Parliament Attack and was hanged in 2013.
• In 2008, she was criticised by Salman Rushdie and others for linking the 2008 Mumbai Attacks with Kashmir and economic injustice against Muslims in India.
• Roy has also attracted a controversy for her description of the Maoists as "Gandhians." In other statements, she has described Naxalites as patriots "of a kind" who are "fighting to implement the Constitution, (while) the government is vandalising it."
• In 2010, she again attracted a controversy for her statement- "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this." For this statement, Roy was also brought up on charges of sedition by the Delhi Police.
• In 2011, she received criticism for criticising Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign.
• In 2013, Roy raised a controversy by describing Narendra Modi's nomination for the prime ministerial candidate as a "tragedy".
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/BoyfriendsGerard da Cunha (Architect)
Pradip Krishen (independent filmmaker)
Husband/SpouseGerard da Cunha (Architect)
Arundhati Roy Ex-Husband Gerard da Cunha
Pradip Krishen (independent filmmaker)
Arundhati Roy With Her Ex-Husband Pradip Krishen
ChildrenSon- None
Daughters- 2
Money Factor
Net Worth Not Known

Arundhati Roy

Some Lesser Known Facts About Arundhati Roy

  • Does Arundhati Roy smoke?: Yes Arundhati Roy Smoking
  • Does Arundhati Roy drink alcohol?: Yes
  • She was born to a Bengali Hindu father and a Syrian Christian mother in Shillong, a hill village in the far north-east of India.
  • Her father was a tea plantation manager from Calcutta and her mother was a women’s rights activist from Kerala.
  • Roy’s father was an alcoholic and when Arundhati was 2-years old, her parents divorced. Her mother brought Arundhati back to the family home in Kerala with her older brother, Lalit.
  • Arundhati grew up in Kerala and was very much influenced by her mother, Mary, who was a lifetime campaigner for women’s rights and the founder of a prominent school.
  • At the age of 16, she left home and enrolled in an architecture college in Delhi where she met architect Gerard da Cunha. The two lived together in Delhi, and then Goa, and then broke up.
  • She returned to Delhi and started working at the National Institute of Urban Affairs.
  • In 1984, Roy met Pradip Krishen (an Independent Filmmaker) who offered her a role as a goatherd in his award-winning movie Massey Sahib.

  • The two later married and worked on a television series on India’s independence movement. They also worked on two films- “Annie” and “Electric Moon.”
  • Soon, Arundhati disenchanted with the film world and did various jobs, including running aerobics classes at a five-star hotel.
  • Eventually, Roy and Krishen split up.
  • In 1997, at the age of 37, Roy won the Man Booker Prize for her semi-autobiographical book “The God of Small Things.” Translated into 42 languages, The God of Small Things has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and joined the ranks of the classics.
  • After “The God of Small Things,” she stopped writing fiction novels and began writing excoriating political essays highlighting the corruption of the Indian Government & the human cost of the country’s race to modernity.
  • Roy has also written a television serial, “The Banyan Tree,” and the documentary DAM/AGE: A Film with Arundhati Roy (2002).
  • In June 2017, Arundhati’s 2nd novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” was published by Penguin India and Hamish Hamilton UK. Arundhati Roy And The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
  • She is a cousin of Prannoy Roy (the head of the leading Indian TV media group NDTV).
  • Here’s a detailed conversation with Arundhati Roy: