Shashi Tharoor (born 1956) is an author of Indian origin who writes in English. He is a UN under-secretary by profession with a distinguished career record at the United Nations. He is also known as a journalist contributing regularly to The Hindu and other newspapers.
He studied at the Campion School in Mumbai and is a graduate from St. Stephens of Delhi and obtained his Ph.D. from Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the winner of numerous Literary and Journalism Awards.
Perhaps Tharoor's most famous work is The Great Indian Novel in which he uses the narrative and theme of Mahabharata to weave a satirical story of Indian life in a non-linear mode.