PALAKKAD: Shashi Tharoor's family and the people of Elavancherry and Chittilancherry villages in the district are elated at his nomination as India's candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations.
His father, Chandran Tharoor, hails from the `Tharoor Tharavad' of Chittilencherry, and mother, Lily, from `Mundarath Tharavad' in Elavancherry, near Kollengode, 20 km from here.
Dr. Tharoor had last visited his relatives in December 2004 when he delivered the Endowment lecture at Victoria College in Palakkad.
Talking to The Hindu , his uncle, Mukundan Unni, recalled that Shashi was a prolific reader from childhood. "We used to go for picnics with family members to hill stations such as Nelliampathy. When the others went for a trek or swimming in the waterfall, he used to climb a hill to read a book," Mr. Unni said.
Dr. Tharoor's grandmother Jayashankini Amma said he was very fond of her and telephoned her frequently despite his busy schedule at the U.N. His mother Ms. Lily lived with her till last year when she left for California to be with her daughters Shobha and Smitha.
Mr. Unni said Dr. Tharoor was fond of Malayalam classical songs and liked Kerala food.
In his job at the U.N., Dr. Tharoor regularly interacts with people and replies to their letters, said Mr. Unni adding that he studies the problem in detail and makes his own assessment. This will make him a good Secretary General, if elected to the post, Mr. Unni said.