Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor (IPA: [ʃɐʃi t̪ɐɾuːr]; shuh-SHEE thǝ-ROOR; born 9 March 1956) is an Indian former international diplomat, politician, writer and public intellectual who has been serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009. He was formerly Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and ran for the post of Secretary-General in 2006.

Books in order of publication:


The Great Indian Novel (1989)

The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories (1990)

Show Business (1992)

Riot (2001)


Reasons of State (1985)

India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997)

Nehru: The Invention of India. Arcade Publishing (2003). New York. First edition.

Bookless in Baghdad (2005)

The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India – The Emerging 21st-Century Power (2007)

Shadows Across the Playing Field: Sixty Years of India-Pakistan Cricket (2009) (with Shaharyar Khan)

Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century (2012)

India: the Future is Now (Editor)(2013)

India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in our Time (2015)

Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India (2017), first published in India as An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India (2016).

Why I Am A Hindu (2018)

The Paradoxical Prime Minister (2018)

The Hindu Way (2019)

The New World Disorder and the Indian Imperative (2020) co-authored with Samir Saran.

The Battle of Belonging (2020)

Tharoorosaurus (2020)

Pride, Prejudice and Punditry: The Essential Shashi Tharoor (2021)

The Struggle for India’s Soul: Nationalism and the Fate of Democracy (2021)

Illustrated books

Kerala: God’s Own Country (2002) (along with artist M.F. Husain).

Inde (in French) or India (in English) (2008) along with photographer Ferrante Ferranti.

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