Some Lesser Known Facts About Shashi Tharoor

Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician, writer, public intellectual, and former career official at the United Nations. Born on March 9, 1956, Tharoor has authored 15 bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction concentrated on India’s history, culture, film, politics, society, foreign policy, etc. since the year 1981. Here are a few lesser-known facts about him:

  • Born in London, Tharoor was a theatre buff in his school days. While in school, he played Antony to Mira Nair’s Cleopatra in a 1974 production of Antony and Cleopatra.

  • Tharoor began writing at the age of 6, and his first published story appeared in The Free Press Journal, in Mumbai when he was just 10 years old.

Shashi Tharoor with his sisters

  • Tharoor is an arts graduate from St. Stephen’s College where his contemporary included historian Ramachandra Guha; politician Salman Khurshid; film-maker Rajiv Mehrotra; the quiz master Siddhartha Basu; and the novelists Amitav Ghosh, Rukun Advani, and Anurag Mathur.

  • In the year 1975, Tharoor obtained his MA and MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and was awarded the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student.

  • Shashi Tharoor completed his Ph.D. at the age of 22.

Shashi Tharoor after winning student body elections at St. Stephens College, Delhi

  • Tharoor’s career began in the year 1978 as a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.

  • In 2006, he was nominated for the post of UN Secretary-General. Tharoor finished second, behind Ban Ki-moon.

  • Had he been elected as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the then 50-year-old would have been the second-youngest Secretary-General.

  • He was India’s most-followed politician on Twitter until 2013. He was overtaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Some of his authored books include The Great Indian Novel, The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories, Show Business, and Riot.

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