Dr. Sasi Tharoor-a Handsome Personality

Suave, handsome, successful, competent, articulate those words literally suited to the handsome personality, Dr. Sasi Tharoor, the youngest ever Under Secretary General to be appointed in the UN. At the age of 22 he joined the United Nations- one of the most prestigious organizations of the world- and the world witnessed his meteoric rise through the years.

Dr. Tharoor Born in London in 9 March1956, to parents from Kerala. He is the eldest among three siblings. He was the official candidate of India for the succession to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006, and came a close second out of seven contenders in the race.

In India, Tharoor studied at Montfort School in Yercaud, Bombay Scottish School and Campion School in Mumbai, attended High School at St. Xavier's Collegiate School in Kolkata and graduated with History from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi. While at St. Stephen’s Tharoor was actively involved in the Debating Society, which is where he cultivated his Received Prononciation accent, Quiz Club, and Students’ Union, of which he was the elected President. Following his ambition for higher studies he went to The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Massachustte. He earned two master's degrees and finished his PhD in 1978 at the age of 22. Later, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in International Affairs by the University Of Puget Sound, United States.

Since 1978, Tharoor has been working for the United Nations. From January 1997 to July 1998, he was executive assistant to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. On 1 June 2002, he was confirmed as the Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information. In 2003, the Secretary-General appointed him United Nations Coordinator for Multilingualism. Dr. Tharoor resigned from the post of Under Secretary General on February 9, 2007.

He married Tilottama Tharoor, a journalist and scholar, at the age of 21, from whom he is now divorced. He is the father of twin sons, Ishaan and Kanishk. He got remarried to Christa Giles, a Canadian who is Deputy Secretary of the United Nations Disarmament Commission.

Dr. Tharoor received many awards including, Rajika Kripalani Young Journalist Award for the Best Indian Journalist under 30 in 1976, at age 20, and accepted the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award, India’s highest honour for non-resident Indians in 2007 , which he had been unable to accept four years earlier due to UN rules

Dr. Tharoor is also the author of six books, including the award-winning political satire, The Great Indian Novel (1989), and India : From Midnight to the Millennium (1997), a study of Indian politics, society and economic development after independence. He has written more than a thousand articles, open edited pieces and literary reviews in a wide range of publications on politics, culture, literature and almost everything under the sun.