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

Arundhati Roy, also recognized simply as Arundhati Roy, is a renowned Indian author celebrated for her novel “The God of Small Things” (1997). This book earned her the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997, making her the best-selling non-expatriate Indian author. She hails from Shillong, Meghalaya, India. You can discover the entire Arundhati Roy biography within this article.

Arundhati Roy Biography

In addition to her literary accomplishments, Arundhati Roy is an active political advocate, particularly for human rights and environmental issues. She currently resides in Delhi with her husband, the filmmaker Pradip Krishen. “The God of Small Things” also holds the distinction of being the best-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author. At the age of two, Roy’s parents separated, leading her and her brother to return to Kerala with their mother. They spent a period living with Roy’s maternal grandfather in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. After trying her hand at various occupations, including stints as an artist and aerobics instructor, she co-wrote and acted in the film “In Which Annie Gives It to Those Ones” (1989).

Arundhati Roy Picture
Arundhati Roy Picture

Personal Information

Real name Suzanna Arundhati Roy
Nickname AKA Arundhati Roy
DOB (Date of Birth) 24 November 1961
Age 61 Years
Birthplace Shillong, Assam (present-day Meghalaya), India
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Nationality Indian
Hometown Aymanam, Kottayam, Kerala, India
Religion  Bengali Hindu (Father),  Syrian Christian (Mother)
Address N/A

Education/ Qualifications



Corpus Christi High School (now, Pallikoodam), Kottayam, Kerala, India,  Lawrence School, Lovedale, Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu, India
College /University School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, India


A Degree in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 4”
Meter 1.63 m
Centimeters  163 cm
Weight 55 kg, 121 lbs
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Figure Measurements N/A

Family Information

Father Name  Rajib Michael Roy
Mother Name Mary Roy
Brother Lalit Kumar Christopher Roy
Sister N/A
Marital Status Divorced
Husband First Husband- Gerard da Cunha Second Husband- Pradip Krishen
Children Daughter- Mithva Krishen and Pia Krishen


Boyfriend N/A


Profession Author, Novelist, Activist
Net Worth $5 Million


color Black
Food Besan ka Ladoo
Song Indian Song
Actor/Actress Madhuri Dixit, Amitabh Bachchan
Movie Saat Hindustani
Destination Europe
Hobbies Reading, Writing, Cocking
Arundhati Roy Young Age Picture
Arundhati Roy Young Age Picture
Arundhati Roy First Husband (Gerard da Cunha)
Arundhati Roy First Husband (Gerard da Cunha)
Arundhati Roy Second Husband (Pradip Krishen) 
Arundhati Roy Second Husband (Pradip Krishen)
Arundhati Roy Mother (Mary Roy)
Arundhati Roy Mother (Mary Roy)


Her mother hailed from Kerala and was a Jacobite Syrian Christian women’s rights advocate of Malayali origin. Her father, on the other hand, was a Bengali Hindu overseeing a tea plantation in Calcutta. At the age of two, her parents separated, leading her to relocate to Kerala with her mother and sibling. They spent a period residing with her maternal grandfather in Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India.


Arundhati Roy was born on November 24, 1961, in Shillong, Meghalaya, India. As of now, she is 61 years old.


She pursued her studies in architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, where she crossed paths with the architect Gerard da Cunha.


She was married to Gerard da Cunha, and they tied the knot in 1978. They resided together in Delhi and later in Goa before ultimately parting ways and finalizing their divorce in 1982.

Second Husband

In 1984, she crossed paths with independent filmmaker Pradip Krishen, who extended an offer for her to portray a goatherd in his acclaimed film “Massey Sahib”. Later that same year, they entered into marriage.

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Early in her career, Roy was involved in television and film. In 1989, she penned the screenplays for ‘In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones’, in which she also had a role as a performer. Additionally, she appeared in ‘Electric Moon’ (1992). Her work on ‘In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones’ earned her the National Film Award for Best Screenplay in 1988.

In 1992, Arundhati Roy embarked on her inaugural novel, ‘The God of Small Things’, which she completed in 1996. She gained widespread recognition in 1994 for her critique of Shekhar Kapur’s film ‘Bandit Queen’, based on the life of Phoolan Devi. This critique propelled her onto the international stage. In her review titled “The Great Indian Rape Trick”, she raised questions about the ethical implications of restaging a woman’s assault without her consent. In 1997, her novel received the Booker Prize for Fiction and was also featured in The New York Times’ list of Notable Books of the Year.

Net Worth

Her net worth is $5 Million.



No. Year Publisher Title
1 2017 Hamish Hamilton The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
2 1997 Flamingo The God of Small Things


No. Year Publisher Title
1 1999 Flamingo The Cost of Living
2 1999 Bombay: India Book Distributor The Greater Common Good
3 1998 Kottayam: D.C. Books The End of Imagination
4 2002 Flamingo The Algebra of Infinite Justice
5 2002 Cambridge: South End Press Power Politics
6 2003 Cambridge: South End Press War Talk
7 2004 Consortium An Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire
8 2004 New York: Seven Stories Press Public Power in the Age of Empire
9 2004 Cambridge: South End Press The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy (Interviews by David Barsamian)
10 2008 New Delhi: Penguin The Shape of the Beast: Conversations with Arundhati Roy
11 2010 New Delhi: Penguin Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy
12 2011 New Delhi: Hamish Hamilton Broken Republic: Three Essays
13 2011 New Delhi: Penguin Walking with the Comrades
14 2011 Verso Books Kashmir: The Case for Freedom
15 2013 New Delhi: Penguin The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament
16 2014 Chicago: Haymarket Books Capitalism: A Ghost Story
17 2016 Chicago: Haymarket Books Things that Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations (with John Cusack)
18 2017 Chicago: Haymarket Books The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste

(the Debate Between B.R. Ambedkar and M.K. Gandhi)

19 2019 Chicago: Haymarket Books My Seditious Heart: Collected Non-Fiction
20 2020 Haymarket Books Azadi: Freedom, Fascism, Fiction


No. Publisher Title
1 Hamish Hamilton The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
2 Flamingo The God of Small Things

See also

  • List of Sahitya Akademi Award winners for English
  • List of Indian writers
  • List of peace activists
  • Indian English literature
  • Naxalite–Maoist insurgency
  • Iraq War

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