“Don't you wish it could happen? Your mind wiped clean like a hard drive? Start again without memories?”

Anuradha Roy

An award-winning Indian novelist, journalist and editor.

Writing Background

Anuradha Roy is an award-winning Indian novelist, journalist and editor. She has written three novels, which have been widely translated in Europe and Asia, including into Dutch, Spanish, Arabic, French, and Italian. Anuradha Roy's first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, has been translated into fifteen languages across the world. It was named by World Literature Today as one of the "60 Essential English Language Works of Modern Indian Literature". Her second novel, The Folded Earth, won the Economist Crossword Prize and is widely translated. Sleeping on Jupiter, her third novel, won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Her essays and reviews have appeared in newspapers in India, the US and Britain.

Inspiration behind the book

Roy’s inspiration in writing her second novel “The Folded Earth” came from a photograph of Lake Roopkund where 500 skeletons were discovered in 1942, and it is from this disquieting picture that she has created a deeply unsettling but beautiful novel.

Character Sketch


Main Character.


Maya's deceased husband.