Photographer Jay Mandal sent us these highly entertaining shots of the former New Yorker and UN under-secretary general Shashi Tharoor, who is quickly reinventing himself as an aspiring Congress politician in Kerala.
From Arun Ram in the Times of India:
‘‘I’ve begun to forget my English,’’ he quips, as he enjoys a quick breakfast of appam and stew at his mother’s house. Beginning his day’s campaign from the Udiyannoor Devi temple at 8 am, Tharoor is the typical Malayalee, in white shirt and mundu, drinking holy water from the priest as if it is the elixir of his success. As he walks past, giggling women whisper about his handsome looks. Tharoor does charm.
His Malayalam is not very fluent, but he takes that more as a challenge than a handicap.
Tharooor assures rural voters that their voices would be heard in Delhi both in English and Hindi. He is also spending more time reaching out to them.
"Well I think you can see me talking to the common man. But in my case because my experience has been a bit different, people seem to think that I can thrive only in air conditioned offices. I want to prove them otherwise," says Tharoor.
A little controversy over the national anthem, from Outlook:
In his complaint, human rights activist Joy Kaitharath had alleged that on December 16 last, Tharoor had interrupted the national anthem after a public lecture at Kochi. He took a microphone from the table and directed the audience to stand the way people do in the US with their right palm placed on their chest instead of the attention posture followed by Indians so
Tharoor told reporters at the court premises that such an incident did not take place and the allegation was a lie.