The Security Council is conducting regular straw polls to try to narrow down the list of contenders and the South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon has emerged as a front-runner with Shashi Tharoor in second place. I don't normally pay much attention to politics, but Shashi Tharoor's nomination, should excite the writing community (and readers, too) because he is the author of several books, some of which are listed below:
In an interview with Spiegel, a German magazine, when Tharoor was asked how he is able to make time for his writing now that he is a full time diplomat, he had this to say:
"...I find it increasingly hard to juggle the two. First the evenings vanished, then the weekends. I began a novel three Christmases ago, but I haven't touched it since. It's not just time that you need, but also a space inside your head to create an alternative universe -- one populated with characters and issues and situations that are as real to you as the ones you encounter in real life. If I win, I will have to stop all personal writing for the duration of my tenure. If I lose, I will have all the time in the world to write."
Aww, I'd hate for him to stop writing!