7 Questions With : Author and Indian Politician, Shashi Tharoor on Travel
Updated on: 16 Jun 2016
Between the UN, book tours and your political career, travel's been a huge part of your life.
Tell us about some of your trips of late.
Recently, I visited New York and Boston to speak at Columbia and Harvard. From there, I flew to Thiruvananthapuram, my constituency, then Delhi, Mumbai, Indore, Delhi again, Bengaluru and finally, back to Kerala. And that was all in the span of a few days. But I spend most of my time shuttling between Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi.
Two very different cities, aren't they?
Oh yes. Thiruvananthapuram has a charm that's all its own. Despite development and modernisation, it retains an old-world vibe. It's a very liveable, well-maintained city—the traffic is manageable and it's easy to get around. There's a lovely, small museum. Plus, it's right by Kovalam, which I think is the best beach in India. Delhi, well, it holds a special place in my heart because I went to college there. I find it's got a lot going on in terms of arts and culture, interesting theatre—it's sort of the intellectual capital of the country. And it has great food.