Devapriya Roy is an Indian author best known for her books, Friends from College, Indira and The Heat and Dust Project. Roy was born in Calcutta and studied in Calcutta Girl’s High School.She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in English literature from Presidency College and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively. She obtained a PhD on Bharata’s Natyashastra from Jawaharlal Nehru University under the supervision of award-winning poet and playwright H.S. Shivaprakash, and her co-supervisor was Prof Katia Legeret of the University of Paris VIII. Roy began her career with The Vague Woman’s Handbook, a quirky novel that was published by HarperCollins in March 2011 and subsequently appeared on the India Today Bestseller List. Her second book was The Weight Loss Club: The Curious Experiments of Nancy Housing Cooperative, yet another quirky novel. Her 2015 book, The Heat and Dust Project (written along with husband Saurav Jha) chronicles the story of travelling through India on local buses “on a very very tight budget” which debuted at no.1 on the Hindustan Times-AC Nielsen list and also got excellent reviews. The Heat and Dust Project is also a first-of-its-kind dynamic book as the couple used Facebook to document their journey even as it was underway. She lives in New Delhi with her husband and cat.
January 26, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
Love, Coffee and Chopsuey - Chandrahas Choudhury and Devapriya Roy on eating and living the city life. In conversation with Samhita Chakraborty