Shashi Tharoor was born on 9 March 1956. He is either a career diplomat and politician by chance or an author by chance. The reason to state this is the finesse with which he deals in any of these areas!
For a man of the calibre of Shashi Tharoor, good writing is merely an extension of thought process. He started writing at an extremely young age of 6. His first ever story was published for a newspaper.
For all practical purposes, his first book was Reasons of State. It was published way back in 1981. To this day Shashi Tharoor has been writing both fiction and non-fiction books.
Shashi Tharoor won awards for Journalism, writing and for diplomatic work. The prominent literary awards he received were –
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 1991 and Federation of Indian Publishers’ Hindustan Times Literary Award 1990 for the book Great Indian Novel and Excelsior Award in 1998 for excellence in literature.
These are merely a small part of the huge collection of honours bestowed upon Shashi Tharoor.
Being a well-read, well-travelled, highly educated and a vastly experienced man Shashi Tharoor employs intelligence, acute reasoning and a wonderful language scheme in his writings. His fictional and non-fictional works have a huge following in India and rest of the world. But he is definitely a best-seller and a much-revered writer in India.
Shashi Tharoor’s latest work Why I am Hindu talks about the history of Hinduism and its core tenets, as well as socio-cultural developments in India that relate to the religion while elucidating his own religious convictions.
Shashi Tharoor is surely one of the most appreciated Indian personalities and authors of recent times.