10 Best Books by Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor is a very popular name in India. He was a UN diplomat and also a famous writer with amazing hits like The Great Indian Novel. He began his political career in 2009 by joining Indian National Congress and represented the party from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala but in this article, we are talking about Shashi Tharoor the writer.

Shashi Tharoor is an acclaimed writer. He started writing at the age of 6. Yes, at the age of 6 he started writing. He has written 18 books based and centered on India and its History, culture, politics, and society. He has also written hundreds of columns in many famous publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post.

List of 10 best Books by Shashi Tharoor

1. The Paradoxical Prime Minister


In this book, Tharoor explained that the Prime minister of India Narendra Modi is a paradoxical man. He says one thing and does another. He gives voice to a number of liberal ideas (such as the constitution being his holy book and sab ka Saath, sab ka Vikas), while at the same time pandering to some of the most illiberal elements in Indian society, on whom he depends for political support. BUY NOW

2. Inglorious Empire


British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’ – from the railways to the rule of law – was designed in Britain’s interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain’s Industrial Revolution was founded on India’s deindustrialization and the destruction of its textile industry. In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain’s stained Indian legacy. There cannot be a better book on British India. It is an extended version of his book ”Án Era of Darkness”.Though the general public might find it a bit complex to read, it is worth for people pursuing Humanities. BUY NOW

3. Pax Indica


This book is an emphasis on Indian diplomacy and its role in the global world. The book gives us an insightful and interesting coverage of India’s foreign policies and how the policies affect the common man. It also explains that in Indian politics why policies are important to an India focused on domestic transformation. Shashi Tharoor surveys and examines the major International relationships, offer a suggestion about the country’s need for the required platform, along with the country’s responsibilities to maintain its position globally, making his book an informative text to the people of the world. BUY NOW

4. Nehru: the Invention of India


This is a short biography on Jawaharlal Nehru. Shashi Tharoor’s style of narration was sharp and easy to read for the most part, except towards the end of the book, where it became kind of fussy. The book begins with the events just preceding Nehru’s birth and goes on to describe his life during childhood and further. The book is not a hagiography. The author discusses both the positive as well as the negative aspects of Nehru. BUY NOW 

5. Riot


Shashi Tharoor again has not disappointed. The plot, the narrative structure of giving a first-person perspective of all major protagonists, the newspaper article cuttings, the underlying reference…this is a major book in understanding what happened and what still is the issue about Ram Janmabhoomi. Must read. BUY NOW

6. Bookless in Baghdad


This book is a collection of Shashi Tharoor’s articles in various publications over the years, is divided into five parts, namely, ‘Inspirations’, ‘Reconsiderations’, ‘The Literary Life’, ‘Appropriations’ and ‘Interrogations’. All five parts, more or less, are focused upon his views on his own works. In long and somewhat twisted prose, Tharoor defends his literary gems in every possible way, slams critics who had a negative opinion and justifies his works passionately. While some articles are short, interesting and crisp, others are dull and verbose to point of being frustrating, where he writes just for the sheer pleasure of writing. BUY NOW

7. Shadows across the playing field


Shadows across the playing field tell the story of the turbulent Cricketing relations between India and Pakistan through the eyes of two men – Shashi Tharoor and Shaharyar Khan – who bring to the task not only great love of the game but also a deep knowledge of subcontinental politics and diplomacy. BUY NOW

8. Why I Am a Hindu


one of India’s finest public intellectuals gives us a profound book about one of the world’s oldest and greatest religions. Starting with a close examination of his own belief in Hinduism, he ranges far and wide in his study of the faith. He talks about the Great Souls of Hinduism, Adi Shankara, Patanjali, Ramanuja, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and many others who made major contributions to the essence of Hinduism. BUY NOW

9. An Era Of Darkness


Shashi Tharoor has produced a bestseller that will re-ignite thinking and debate and open the eyes of the younger generation in India and hopefully in Britain on this “era of darkness’…Tharoor’s new contribution is that he even takes apart the commonly accepted argument…that the British Empire left quite a bit of good in India. By rewriting the history of the British Raj as it really was, Tharoor has lifted a great load from millions of still-colonized minds in this country; while simultaneously providing an opportunity to the heirs of carpetbaggers and adventurers of the Raj to atone and apologize. Tharoor points out, that “we were one of the richest countries in the world when the British came in but when they left us, we were one of the poorest. Must ReadBUY NOW

10. The Great Indian Novel


Sashi Tharoor’s debut novel tells the story of modern India using characters from the epic. Tharoor’s style is engaging, extremely irreverent and incredibly funny. Taking shots at everyone from Gandhi to Nehru to the Indian media with a few self-referential jokes about NRI’s and diplomats thrown in for good measure. One of the bestselling books by Shashi Tharoor. BUY NOW

This is the list of the 10 best books by Shashi Tharoor I recommend you to read and please tells us your favorite book by Shashi Tharoor in the comments section.

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