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Desert Island Discs

Arundhati Roy

Duration: 36 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arundhati Roy, Booker Prize-winning writer, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest:
Arundhati Roy

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Episode 6: The Landlord - Garson Hobart

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By Arundhati Roy. In Delhi, landlord Biplab Dasgupta discovers that his tenant is absent. Reminiscences about an enduring love lead to the vivid memory of a coded message. Show more

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Episode 7: The Photographs

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By Arundhati Roy. Biplab Dasgupta recalls pulling a few strings for Tilo. He also discovers some photos that are cause for disquiet. Emilio Doorgasingh reads. Show more

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Episode 8: The Interrogation Centre

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By Arundhati Roy. Events unfold at the interrogation centre that leave Naga and Tilo unnerved. Read by Indira Varma. Show more

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Episode 15: Revathy

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By Arundhati Roy. The residents of the graveyard's guest house receive a letter that brings unexpected news from the forest. Indira Varma and Emilio Doorgasingh read. Show more

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Episode 4: A New Guest

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By Arundhati Roy. There is a new arrival at the Jannat Guest House, who shares a story that leaves Anjum with a sense of desolation. Read by Indira Varma. Show more

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Episode 11: A Choice

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

In Arundhati Roy's powerful novel, Musa is forced to make an impossible choice in war-torn Kashmir. Indira Varma is the reader. Show more

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Episode 12: Babajaana - My Love

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

In Arundhati Roy's arresting novel, it is autumn in Srinigar and on a lakeside houseboat there is love and lament. Indira Varma is the reader. Show more

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Episode 13: The Haircut

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By Arundhati Roy. Tilo is woken suddenly, and a primordial punishment is called down. Indira Varma is the reader. Show more

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Episode 14: The Streets of Delhi

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

In Arundhati Roy's kaleidoscopic novel, the residents of the Jannat Guest House undertake a boisterous car journey through Delhi's streets. Indira Varma is the reader. Show more

Start the Week

Arundhati Roy on castes and outcasts

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Cultural discussion programme. Arundhati Roy, Hattie Naylor, Damian Le Bas and Daniel Finkelstein tell stories of outcasts to Andrew Marr. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest:
Arundhati Roy
Interviewed Guest:
Hattie Naylor
Interviewed Guest:
Damian Le Bas
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Finkelstein
Producer:
Katy Hickman

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Episode 1: The House of Dreams

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

In Arundhati Roy's novel, Aftab finds a place to belong in the House of Dreams. Read by Indira Varma. Show more

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Episode 2: Departures

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

In Arundhati Roy's mesmerising novel, Anjum undertakes a journey that changes everything. Indira Varma reads. Show more

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Episode 3: The Jannat Guest House

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

In Arundhati Roy's spellbinding novel, Anjum makes a new home in the most unlikely of places and finds solace among the departed. Indira Varma reads. Show more

Front Row

'My Cousin Rachel' Weisz, Arundhati Roy, Bamber Gascoigne's opera house, Literary agent Ed Victor remembered

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Actress Rachel Weisz on My Cousin Rachel; author Arundhati Roy on her new book, Bamber Gascoigne's Grange Park opera house; and Nigella Lawson remembers literary agent Ed Victor. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Weisz
Interviewed Guest:
Bamber Gascoigne
Interviewed Guest:
Wasfi Kani
Interviewed Guest:
Arundhati Roy
Interviewed Guest:
Nigella Lawson

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Episode 5: At the Jantar Mantar

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

In Arundhati Roy's entrancing novel, a TV sensation, a new arrival and fight lead to an untimely disappearance. Indira Varma reads. Show more

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Episode 9: Sound Sight Stench

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By Arundhati Roy. The man who goes by the nickname of Saddam Hussein concocts an innovative escape plan. Indira Varma reads. Show more

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Episode 10: The Untimely Death of Miss Jebeen the First

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By Arundhati Roy. It is 1996, and tragedy lies in wait for Musa as martyrdom steals into the Kashmir Valley. Indira Varma reads. Show more