Not the one to mince words, Arundhati Roy has never turned away from speaking what she thought was the truth and what she thought needed to be said. On her birthday, we revisit some of the author's famous quotes.
Two years ago, there was a spontaneous protest by leading Indian writers who returned their Sahitya Akademi awards. This year witnessed the release of at least three powerful novels,all of which use the medium of art and fiction to reflect the burden of society.
Arundhati Roy, who won the prize in 1997 for "The God of Small Things," is in the running again with her long-awaited second novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness." The 13 books announced Thursday were chosen from 144 novels submitted by publishers.
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The growing interest of readers in knowing about the lives of celebrities and other leading personalities, coupled with exorbitant marketing and promotion of such books, have toppled the rightful place that fiction once commanded.
A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud also granted the leave of appeal to Roy and listed her plea against the issuance of criminal contempt notice by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court for final hearing.
Over the years Arundhati Roy donned several hats,speaking and writing about socially relevant issues yet we cannot help but hang on her every word. Roy, as a novelist, weaves magic. On her birthday we bring to you 15 of her most heartbreaking quotes.