He finished his schooling at Montfort School in a hill station in Tamil Nadu called Yercaud and after Campion School in Mumbai and the famous St. Xavier’s School in Kolkata. He obtained his BA degree from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and MA degree from the Tuffs University. Thereafter, he also completed his PhD.
He began his career as a member of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1978 in Geneva. After serving at various posts in UN, he was nominated as the United Nations Secretary-General in 2006 by the Government of India. He resigned from his post in UN and returned back to India.
Post his career at UN, he started his political career in India by contesting in the Lok Sabha elections in 2009. He contested from Thiruvananthapuram constituency from Indian National Congress ticke3d and got elected to Lok Sabha as an MP. He held the post of Minister of State of External Affairs in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet.
He simultaneously penned down several books and is one of the most decorated writers. Some of his famous books include The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories, Reasons of State, Bookies in Baghdad, The Great Indian Novel and Kerala: God’s own country among several others.
In addition to that, he has also written columns is several prestigious domestic and international News Papers such as Deccan Chronicle, The Hindu, Times of India, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Washington Post.