Women's Week Special: Literature
Our week-long tribute to inspiring women in creative fields is about to come to a close, but not before reminding you of the three names in the world of writing that continue to make a mark years after they began.
Intertwining words, lacing stories and winning the Pulitzer Prize (2000) comes naturally to Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of popular books like The Lowland, Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake. Having worked on the third season of In Treatment, an HBO television program and appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama as a member of The President’s Committee on The Arts and Humanities, she continues to inspire writers around the world to sculpt their experiences into unforgettable novels. She has just debuted in non-fiction with In Other Words, a beautiful account of traversing languages.
Winner of the Booker Prize (1997) for The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy is a role model to millions as she gently carves words into novels and columns. Featured by TIME (2014) in their list of 100 Most Influential People in the World, her essays on contemporary politics and culture combined with the fiery activist in her inspires people to drive change. Her next book is Things That Cannot Be Said, a result of her meeting with Edward Snowden, along with the actor and writer John Cusack and Daniel Ellsberg, the Snowden of the 60s.
From pursuing a career in Advertising to writing contemporary rom-com novels, Anuja Chauhan’s over-achieving literary skills led her to publish The Zoya Factor, Battle for Bittora, Those Pricey Thakur Girls and her latest novel, The House that BJ Built. As a go-getter known for creating Pepsi’s well-known ‘Dil Maange More’ and ‘Oye Bubbly Bubbly Oye’ campaigns, Chauhan quit her job at JWT as the Vice-President and Executive Creative Director to pursue her literary career and give wings to her dreams.
Compiled by Shriya Pant
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