Shashi-Tharoor-is-a-member-of-the-Indian-Parliament-from-the-Thiruvananthapuram-constituency-in-Kerala.-He-previously-served-as-the-United-Nations-Under-Secretary-General-for-Communications-and-Public-Information-and-as-the-Indian-Minister-of-State-for-External-Affairs.

He-is-also-a-prolific-author,-columnist,-journalist-and-a-human-rights-advocate.

He-has-served-on-the-Board-of-Overseers-of-the-Fletcher-School-of-Law-and-Diplomacy-at-Tufts-University.-He-is-also-an-adviser-to-the-International-Committee-of-the-Red-Cross-in-Geneva-and-a-Fellow-of-the-New-York-Institute-of-the-Humanities-at-New-York-University.-He-has-also-served-as-a-trustee-of-the-Aspen-Institute,-and-the-Advisory-of-the-Indo-American-Arts-Council,-the-American-India-Foundation,-the-World-Policy-Journal,-the-Virtue-Foundation-and-the-human-rights-organization-Breakthrough-He-is-also-a-Patron-of-the-Dubai-Modern-High-School-and-the-managing-trustee-of-the-Chandran-Tharoor-Foundation-which-he-founded-with-his-family-and-friends-in-the-name-of-his-late-father,-Chandran-Tharoor.

Tharoor-has-written-numerous-books-in-English.-Most-of-his-literary-creations-are-centred-on-Indian-themes-and-they-are-markedly-“Indo-nostalgic.”-Perhaps-his-most-famous-work-is-The-Great-Indian-Novel,-published-in-1989,-in-which-he-uses-the-narrative-and-theme-of-the-famous-Indian-epic-Mahabharata-to-weave-a-satirical-story-of-Indian-life-in-a-non-linear-mode-with-the-characters-drawn-from-the-Indian-Independence-Movement.-His-novel-Show-Business-(1992)-was-made-into-the-film-‘Bollywood'(1994).-The-late-Ismail-Merchant-had-announced-his-wish-to-make-a-film-of-Tharoor’s-novel-Riot-shortly-before-Merchant’s-death-in-2005.

Tharoor-has-been-a-highly-regarded-columnist-in-each-of-India’s-three-best-known-English-language-newspapers,-most-recently-for-The-Hindu-newspaper-(2001–2008)-and-in-a-weekly-column,-“Shashi-on-Sunday,”-in-the-Times-of-India-(January-2007-–-December-2008).-Following-his-resignation-as-Minister-of-State-for-External-Affairs,-he-began-a-fortnightly-column-on-foreign-policy-issues-in-the-“Deccan-Chronicle”.-Previously-he-was-a-columnist-for-the-Gentleman-magazine-and-the-Indian-Express-newspaper,-as-well-as-a-frequent-contributor-to-Newsweek-International-and-the-International-Herald-Tribune.-His-Op-Eds-and-book-reviews-have-appeared-in-the-Washington-Post,-the-New-York-Times-and-the-Los-Angeles-Times,-amongst-other-papers.

Tharoor-began-writing-at-the-age-of-6-and-his-first-published-story-appeared-in-the-“Bharat-Jyoti”,-the-Sunday-edition-of-the-“Free-press-Journal”,-in-Mumbai-at-age-10.-His-World-War-II-adventure-novel-Operation-Bellows,-inspired-by-the-Biggles-books,-was-serialized-in-the-Junior-Statesman-starting-a-week-before-his-11th-birthday.-Each-of-his-books-has-been-a-best-seller-in-India.-The-Great-Indian-Novel-is-currently-in-its-28th-edition-in-India-and-his-newest-volume.-The-Elephant,-the-Tiger-and-the-Cellphone-has-undergone-seven-hardback-re-printings-there.

Tharoor-has-lectured-widely-on-India,-and-is-often-quoted-for-his-observations,-including,-“India-is-not,-as-people-keep-calling-it,-an-underdeveloped-country,-but-rather,-in-the-context-of-its-history-and-cultural-heritage,-a-highly-developed-one-in-an-advanced-state-of-decay.”.-He-has-also-coined-a-memorable-comparison-of-India’s-“thali”-to-the-American-“melting-pot”:-“If-America-is-a-melting-pot,-then-to-me-India-is-a-thali–a-selection-of-sumptuous-dishes-in-different-bowls.-Each-tastes-different,-and-does-not-necessarily-mix-with-the-next,-but-they-belong-together-on-the-same-plate,-and-they-complement-each-other-in-making-the-meal-a-satisfying-repast.”-