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Cary Grant of the East

How can anybody write an ‘objective’ obituary about someone who has been a lifelong crush? I was...

By Shobhaa De | December 17, 2017
Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

An author, politician, and former diplomat, Shashi Tharoor is a Lok Sabha MP. Former Minister of State for Human Resource Development in the Government of India, Tharoor has also served as the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information.


  • An awful English word

    An awful English word

    By Shashi Tharoor | November 19, 2017

    The other day I saw the picture of a lovely <i>rath</i> in a British Museum catalogue for an exhibition called Living With Gods. It’s a beautiful, elaborately carved wooden...

  • Being caste conscious

    Being caste conscious

    By Shashi Tharoor | October 22, 2017

    I have recently been taught a sobering lesson in what caste has come to mean in our intellectual discourse. Three years ago, I wrote an article about the shocking persistence of...

  • Cookies over biscuits

    Cookies over biscuits

    By Shashi Tharoor | September 24, 2017

    As an Indian schooled in the English language, I have long been fascinated by its different variants in use around the world—from the Singaporean “la” suffixed to every sentence...

  • Beware the perils of fatalism

    Beware the perils of fatalism

    By Shashi Tharoor | August 27, 2017

    The 70th anniversary of our independence is now behind us. A vast array of articles, op-eds, interviews and reminiscences have cluttered our newspapers, magazines and television...

  • Pains of singing paeans

    Pains of singing paeans

    By Shashi Tharoor | July 30, 2017

    The old adage of ‘flattery will get you anywhere’ may just have been proved to be scientifically true. But how universally valid is it? A team of Japanese scientists, led by...

  • Breaking the national identity stereotype

    Breaking the national identity stereotype

    By Shashi Tharoor | July 02, 2017

    The recent election of Leo Varadkar, son of an Indian immigrant, as prime minister of Ireland has been hailed widely in our country as it represents some sort of national...

  • Time for a change

    Time for a change

    By Shashi Tharoor | June 04, 2017

    Back in 1974, as a teenage collegian, I spent a summer holiday at the tea estate of a classmate’s father near Jorhat in Assam. One of the first things I discovered during that...

  • How being Indian became cool

    By Shashi Tharoor | May 07, 2017

    In my United Nations years, one of the dilemmas foreigners often confronted was in dealing with the sensitivities of India’s prickly neighbours. Soon after Independence, when...

  • High on the Holiday Index

    By Shashi Tharoor | April 09, 2017

    I write these words on a long weekend holiday for Parliament. Tuesday is Ram Navami, so the Speaker has obligingly given us Monday off. But I do so with a twinge of guilt,...

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