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Arundhati Roy (full name Suzanna Arundhati Roy) was born in 1961 and grew up in Ayemenem in the state of Kerala, India.  She is an author, actress, and political activist who was best known for the award-winning novel The God of Small Things (1997) and for her involvement in environmental and human rights causes.   Her environmental and human right causes have often put her at odds with Indian legal authorities and the country's middle-class establishment.