Shashi Tharoor (born March 9, 1956 at London, United Kingdom) is the son of a newspaper executive. His mother was a housewife. His parents hail from Palakkad in Kerala, India. He has twin sons from his first marriage to Sonia, a journalist and scholar from ber sarai.
Ishaan, a Yale graduate works for Time magazine at Hong Kong while the other twin, Kanishk, works for open Democracy at London. He married Christa Giles, a Canadian who works as Deputy Secretary of the United Nations Disarmament Commission. Shashi is an indian English witer, international civil servent and a scholar.
Education & Career of Shashi Tharoor
He had his schooling at Montfort School in Yercaud in Tamilnadu, Bombay Scottish School and Campion School in Mumbai, and St. Xavier’s Collegiate School in Kolkata. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He did his Doctorate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Massachusetts in addition to two other Master’s degrees.
He joined the United Nations in 1978, served with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as head of its office at Singapore. In 1989, he was a senior officer at the UN Headquarters at New York. He was in charge of peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia until 1996.
He went on to become the executive assistant to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan during 1997-1998, appointed director of communications and special projects in the office of the Secretary-General, interim head of the Department of Public Information (2001), Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information in 2002, United Nations Coordinator for Multilingualism in 2003 until February 9, 2007 when he resigned.
Important work by Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor’s wrote fictions including Riot (2001); Show Business (1992); The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories (1990); and The Great Indian Novel (1989). His nonfiction books include The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cell Phone: India—The Emerging 21st Century Power (2007); Bookless in Baghdad (2005); Nehru: The Invention of India (2003); Kerala: God’s own country (2002); India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997) and Reasons of State (1982).
Awards and Achievements for Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor received a number of awards and honors such as Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Bucharest, Romania (2008); Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (2004 but did not accept it due to restrictions of UN rules but accepted it in 2007 after he resigned from the UN); honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in International Affairs from the University of Puget Sound (2000); named by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” (1998); the Excelsior Award for excellence in literature by the Association of Indians in America (AIA) and the Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) (1998); the Federation of Indian Publishers-Hindustan Times Literary Award for the Best Book of the Year (1990) and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (1991) for the Best Book of the Year in the Eurasian Region. for The Great Indian Novel; and Rajika Kripalani Young Journalist Award for the Best Indian Journalist under 30 (1976 at the age of 20).