“I’m trained as an architect; writing is like architecture. In buildings, there are design motifs that occur again and again, that repeat — patterns, curves. These motifs help us feel comfortable in a physical space. And the same works in writing, I’ve found. For me, the way words, punctuation and paragraphs fall on the page is important as well — the graphic design of the language”
Arundhati studied at the Delhi School of Architecture.Before becoming the world reknowned author and booker prize winner for her book ‘God of Small Things’, early in her career, Roy worked for television and movies. She wrote the screenplays for In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989), a movie based on her experiences as a student of architecture, in which she also appeared as a performer.
In her fifth year at DCA, “In my architecture thesis called “Post-Colonial Urban Development in Delhi,” I showed how basically architects manipulate space in a city to exclude various kinds of populations which are not supposed to be present there because they are too poor or too dirty or too whatever. And it becomes a very radical questioning then of who are the people in the city who claim to own it and who don’t and why. And then, of course, it begins to become an aesthetic questioning, too” said Arundhati in one of her interviews to the Kyoto Journal after winning the booker prize.
She was once married to the architect Gerard Da Cunha where she worked jointly with him and also worked briefly for the National Institute of Urban Affairs.
Compiled with excerpts from Wikipedia, Kyoto journal, goodreads.com
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