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Shashi Tharoor: The Books that Shaped My Life

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This event is part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2019. #AsiaLitFest


The prominent Indian politician and bestselling author returns to Asia House to discuss the books that have shaped his life.

As one of the most popular public figures in India, Tharoor has used his writing to engage people in key national conversations. Not one to shy away from controversy, his works have been unsparing in their criticism of the ‘Hindutva’ ideology, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in India, and British colonialism. He has previously spoken about being drawn towards calling out the flaws in our systems and how this is the only way to engage people and provoke change.

While Tharoor's works have reached and influenced thousands of people, what are the books that have had the biggest impact on him? Join us as we hear from the master wordsmith about the books that shaped his life. Tharoor will be in conversation with journalist and author Shrabani Basu.

This event will include an audience Q&A and book signing.


About Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor is an award-winning author of 18 books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Great Indian Novel, Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India, Why I Am A Hindu and the recently published The Paradoxical Prime Minister. He has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. A third-term Member of Parliament representing Thiruvananthapuram, he has served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership.


About Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu is a journalist and Sunday Times best-selling author. Her books include the critically acclaimed For King and Another Country, Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul, The Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, Spy Princess, The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Curry, The Story of Britain’s Favourite Dish.

Her book Victoria & Abdul has been made into a major Oscar nominated film starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal.

Shrabani is the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust which campaigned for a memorial for the World War II heroine in London. It was unveiled by Princess Anne on 8 November 2012.

She is a regular commentator on radio and television and has appeared in several BBC, ITV and Channel Four documentaries.


This event is part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2019. Back for its 13th year running, the Festival is bringing some of the biggest names and rising stars from the written word together for a celebration of Asian literature.

Taking place from September to November 2019, the UK’s only pan-Asian literature festival presents words, stories and ideas from Asia and the diaspora. From live performances to public talks and animated discussions, the festival will celebrate Asia – a region that we define as running from Turkey to Tokyo – in all its glory.

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