Bidisha talks to novelist Arundhati Roy about Listening to the Grasshoppers, her collection of essays tracking the faultlines that threaten India's democracy.
Bidisha talks to novelist Arundhati Roy about her collection of essays tracking the faultlines that threaten India's democracy. In Listening to the Grasshoppers, Roy warns of shockwaves that will spread throughout the region.
Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel The God of Small Things, a semi-autobiographical work that captures her childhood experiences growing up in Ayemenem. Until she was made financially stable by the success of The God of Small Things, Roy did various jobs, including running aerobics classes at New Delhi five-star hotels.
Since winning the Booker, Roy has concentrated on non-fiction and politics, acting as a spokesperson for the anti-globalisation movement and a vehement critic of the approach to industrialisation and rapid development currently practised in India.