Friday, September 29, 2006

Shashi Tharoor

The UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, steps down in just a few months and several candidates have emerged to take his place, among them the Indian representative to the UN, Shashi Tharoor.

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!


Susan in Italy said...

I'm sorry, this is really flippant and superficial but Shashi Tharoor has the most wonderful eyes. I've just spent the last minute staring into them.

Lulu said...

have to agree with susan that he is quite a good looking bloke! really hope his beauty and brains win him the top job.

Lotus Reads said...

I agree with both of you - he is a hunk but he also has what it takes for the job! We should know today - fingers crossed!