I have long admired the works of Shashi Tharoor. As I mentioned before on Brick and Rope, I was happy to see someone of his calibre step into the political system in India and stand for election for a Lok Sabha seat. Shashi Tharoor won the seat for Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram, with a margin of over 100,000 votes, the largest victory margin there in the last 30 years I am told.
Two interesting follow-up stories on this over yesterday.
Right after the election was over, Indian Express informs us, Tharoor was tearing off his own posters from Thiruvananthapuram walls, to clean up the city. Cool, if rather pointless.
In another reminder of the changing face of Indian politics, Tharoor was Twittering away from his Blackberry all day yesterday, keeping his fans and followers upto date. As this article in the Economic Times writes, he first tweeted from his Blackberry during the counting process when his lead hit 30,000. Then again at 59,000 and then finally with the ending tally. The last Tweet I saw said "On a victory tour of my constituency - amazing scenes of exhilaration - already hoarse from thank-you speeches!"
On which note I have to ask - how absurdly narcissistic is Twitter?