Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rendezvous With a Shashi Tharoor - Chennai Tweetup

Twitter is one of the fastest and easiest Social networking platform in the world. Twitter can even be called as "The New World Order". Freedom to express & reach is what makes it unique from others. One single update in Twitter can reach millions, which includes celebrities and Top Officials and even members of Legislative Assembly.

 Me and my fellow twitterer's from Chennai were lucky enough to get a chance to have a Tweetup (twitter users meeting) with Mr. Shashi Tharoor, that too in a short notice. Mr. Shashi Tharoor is the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs. . Formerly he was the Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General of United Nations. Apart from this, he is a very rigorous writer. He had published several books and he is a columnist for many major News papers.

Someone came to know that Shashi Tharoor is going to be in Chennai and came up with the thought of having a tweet up with him. I was clueless and was thinking about ways. In another 30 mints, i got a Tweet saying, Tweetup with Shashi Tharoor, 8Pm - 10PM.

The Gentleman:
 On twitter:  @ShashiTharoor
  • A celebrity and popular twitter  639,430 Followers, Included in 3698 lists with precious 2883 tweets
  • He is the first Indian celebrity to cross the milestone of more than 1,00,000 followers on Twitter (Now he has over 6,39,430 Followers) 
Global Leadership

Shashi Tharoor was named “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by World Economic Forum  Davos, Switzerland

In 2009 Shashi Tharoor accepted the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India’s highest honour awarded to non-resident Indians

Shashi Tharoor is the Author of 4 fiction (including 'The Great Indian Novel') and 6 non-fiction books and 2 Illustrated books
  • "The Great Indian Novel" by Shashi Tharoor won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best Book Of The Year in Eurasian Region - 1991
  • In 2009 Shashi Tharoor was awarded the Zakir Hussain Memorial "Pride of India" Award and the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration by the Maharana of Udaipur
For more information about the versatile personality of Dr. Shashi Tharoor as an Author, peace-keeper, refugee worker, human rights activist and now is the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and a member of the Indian Parliament from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala, kindly visit his website at


 A gentleman with good knowledge and a positive attitude. That is what Mr.Tharoor is. He was ready to take logical questions which can be answered rather than the political tongue twisters. He was there with us ignoring the 104Degree Fever fighting with him. With patience and pleasure he was answering the constant flow of queries. The way questions were coming in, we can understand how much respect people are having for him. He is my Idol and i will say he is the Cool dude in Indian politics. He may not be a hardcore politician, but he was a man who is ready to listen to people's grievances
and complaints and give them a solution or a better guidance. His tweets are inspirational aswell as Solutions. According to him, if used twitter is a good platform for direct queries and also conveying issues in a faster way to the authorities. Depending on how fast Internet users in India grow, this will also happen.

The session was not just a Q & A session, though it started like that, it turned out to be a group discussion. He was telling that there are lots of options for Young Entrepreneurs. Moreover he answered some questions which are kind of personal too. This was a remembarable evening in my life. I follow 2 Idols in my life. 1 is Shashi tharoor and 2nd is Sachin tendulkar. God gave me a chance to meet Mr. Tharoor. Hoping the same with Sachin too.

Some facts:

One thing was clear, controversies are created when someone answers questions unbiased. The tweetup's if kept without press and other disturbances can be a good platform to clear our doubts, especially when it comes to people like Tharoor.People say you are blessed, that is when you meet people like Shashi Tharoor, where you understand the difference between a uneducated Thug and a Educated Gentleman.


Vishal said...

Wow ! you are lucky to meet The shashi tharoor !! nice post ! and that last tweetup thing "best way 2 clear doubts without media" is so True :) Very nice bro !!

master said...

It's nice sirji u can able to meet your one of the idols & hopefully u will able to meet second one also soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!