22 November 2011
SHARJAH — With a successful career in the United Nations behind him, Shashi Tharoor’s brush with Indian politics has seen him take up the role of a Member of Parliament, representing the Trivandrum constituency in Kerala.
Tharoor who has authored several books, mostly non-fiction, in his career spanning over three decades arrived at the Sharjah
International Book Fair on Sunday evening as part of the ‘India Focus’ session. “I enjoy writing and I use my writing as a form of escapism from my work and responsibilities,” said Tharoor addressing the audience during the discussion session.
An avid reader, Tharoor discussed his career at the UN and narrated experiences from the frontline during the Yugoslavian civil war where he served as a peacekeeper.
“Whatever profession you do, you still are a human being with a few core values. Idealism and realism have to work together in the real world,” commented Tharoor.
A successful diplomat, writer, speaker and politician, Tharoor’s charismatic persona is followed closely by a large section of Indians around the world. Talking on issues ranging from former Indian prime minister late Jawaharlal Nehru’s role in the development of India to Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption crusade, Tharoor was at his usual best when taking questions from the crowd.
Speaking about the fight against corruption, Tharoor said, “If we want to end corruption, we need to start with ourselves. Have the courage to do things the right way and things will change.”
Enthusiastic school students, parents and well-wishers had packed into the outdoor arena of the Sharjah Expo Centre hours before the arrival of Tharoor.
Following the session, he toured the book fair and participated in a book-signing session at the book fair.
Source: Khaleej Times