Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
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1961 – Arundhati Roy was born on November 24 in Shillong, Meghalaya, India.
1977 – At age sixteen Roy left home, and eventually enrolled at the Delhi School of Architecture. This training, like her elementary education, proved instrumental in shaping her as a writer.
1996 – She wrote "The God of Small Things".
1997 – She vacated the public sphere, focusing her energies on "The God of Small Things", which was published in April.
– Six months later it was awarded the Booker Prize; Roy is the first Indian woman ever to achieve this honor.
1998 – Her article "The End of Imagination" appeared in The Nation as a response to the testing of nuclear weapons in India a few months earlier.
1999 – She wrote "The Cost of Living: The Greater Common Good and The End of Imagination".
2000 – She was arrested during a protest in the Valley, and released two days later.
2001-2004 – She wrote the essays "The Algebra of Infinite Justice" and "War Talk". The nonfiction book "An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire" and an interview, "The Checkbook and the Cruise Missle" by David Barramian.
– She received the George Orwell Award.