Asia Lit Fest: Shashi Tharoor – Books That Shaped My Life

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 NovelPax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in IndiaWhy 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.


Sep 16 2019


6:45 pm - 6:00 pm

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Hallam Conference Centre
44 Hallam St, Marylebone, London W1W 6JJ

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