Arundhati Roy - The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Arundhati Roy is an Indian novelist and activist. After a childhood in Kerala, she moved to Delhi at age 16, eventually studying architecture at the Delhi School of Architecture while dreaming of a career in writing. Moving into television writing, Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel The God of Small Things, following that work with mainly politically-oriented nonfiction on issues such as the environment and human rights abuses and global capitalism. She narrowly escaped sedition charges in 2010 after publicly supporting independence for the disputed Kashmir region of India. In recognition of her outspoken advocacy of human rights, Roy was awarded the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award in 2002, the Sydney Peace Prize in 2004, and the Sahitya Akademi Award from the Indian Academy of Letters in 2006. She is about to release her second work of fiction in 20 years, called The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.