By Shashi Tharoor



Shashi Tharoor is the prize-winning writer of ten books, either fiction and non-fiction, and a broadly released critic, commentator and columnist (including for The Hindu, occasions of India and Newsweek). In 2007 he concluded an almost twenty-nine-year occupation with the United countries, together with operating for refugees in South-East Asia on the height of the ‘boat people’ situation, dealing with peace-keeping operations within the former Yugoslavia, and culminating because the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public details. In 2006 he was once India’s candidate to be triumphant Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General, and emerged a powerful moment out of 7 contenders. Dr Tharoor earned his PhD on the Fletcher institution of legislation and international relations on the age of 22, and was once named by means of the realm monetary discussion board in Davos in 1998 as a ‘Global chief of Tomorrow’. He was once presented the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India’s optimum honour for out of the country Indians.

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It’s estimated that during the 1990s more than 20 tigers were slaughtered at Ranthambhore National Park and the last of the tigers of Sariska Tiger Reserve were killed in 2005. After the skin is removed, the bones inevitably find their way to China, where they form the basis of ‘tiger wine’, believed to have healing properties. The penis is coveted for its alleged aphrodisiac powers. For details on the recent tragedy see The Case of the Missing Tigers, p199. National parks and sanctuaries are proving to be lucrative hunting grounds for poachers.

Modern art, too, has its place in larger cities: try the splendid Juneja Art Gallery (p173) for a glimpse of contemporary Rajasthani art. Finally, mural painting, especially in the Shekhawati region, has always played an important part in Rajasthan’s artistic life. The region’s painted havelis (traditional ornately decorated residences) form a sort of open-air art gallery, with work in a kaleidoscope of colour and styles (see p283). If the havelis inspire you, you can try mural painting yourself in Jhunjhunu (p287).

Dishes you might come across include papad ki sabzi, a simple pappadam made with vegetables and masala (a mixture of spices), and aloo mangori, ground lentil paste dried in the sun then added with potato to a curry. Once rolled by hand, the paste is now often forced through a machine in a similar way to making macaroni. A common vegetarian snack whilst on the move is aloo samosa, triangular pastry cones stuffed with spicy potato, while another scrumptious local snack is mirch bada, a large chilli coated in a thick layer of deep-fried potato and wheatgerm, a Jodhpur speciality.

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