Does Shashi Tharoor smoke?: Not Known.Does Shashi Tharoor drink alcohol?: Not Known.Tharoor was born in London in Malayali Nair family. His father Chandran worked in various positions in London, Bombay, Calcutta, and Delhi, including a 25-year career for The Statesman Newspaper.Since 1981, Tharoor has also been an acclaimed writer, having authored 15 best-selling works of fiction and non-fiction, all of which are related to India and its history, culture, film, politics, society, foreign policy, and more.He has also written multifarious columns for articles in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, and The Times of India. He also wrote regular columns for The Indian Express (1991–93 and 1996–2001), The Hindu (2001–2008), and The Times of India (2007–2009).His bibliography includes The Great Indian Novel (1989), The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories (1990), Show Business (1992), Riot (2001). All these books are based on Fiction.Reasons of State (1985), India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997), Nehru: The Invention of India (2003), Bookless in Baghdad (2005), The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India – The Emerging 21st-Century Power (2007), Shadows Across the Playing Field: Sixty Years of India-Pakistan Cricket (2009) (with Shaharyar Khan), Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century (2012), India: the Future is Now, Wisdom Tree (Editor)(2013), India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in our Time (2015), An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India (2016), Inglorious Empire (2017) are some books based on Reality.