Words on Water: Shashi Tharoor, Kanishk Tharoor & Friends
This evening should be an inspired one for noted Indian author and politician Shashi Tharoor’s presence alone. An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a second-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long prior 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 of the organisation. As an author he has written novels and works of non-fiction, the latter being his most recent, 2016’s An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India (Aleph).
”In An Era of Darkness, consummate debater and author Shashi Tharoor recreates the British Raj with all its horrors and also elucidates the awe-inspiring struggle of India's freedom fighters. He gives us a valuable insight on how dark forces operate and on who are harbingers of hope—it's a valuable lesson at a time when thugs are masquerading as our saviours…at a time when debate has been reduced to a cacophony of slogans and insults by bhakts, Tharoor's writing, with its expansive case studies and citations and sustained argument, all augmented by his felicity of language, may just come as an eye-opener to us all." —Huffington Post.
Quite independent of Shashi Tharoor, and yet that he is Shashi Tharoor’s son, Kanishk Tharoor will also be part of this evening, here with his acclaimed debut book of stories, Swimmer Among the Stars (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “In a time and place where immigration is a fraught political issue, these freewheeling stories appeal by disregarding conventional boundaries — they zigzag across nations, ethnic identities and linguistic traditions. Most notably, they transcend traditional notions of time.” ―San Francisco Chronicle.
Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS, in association with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY and TEAMWORK ARTS.