A Love Story Not Meant To Be
By Cithara Paul - NEW DELHI
Published: 19th Jan 2014 11:16:32 AM
A shared zest for life, apart from their ambitions, brought the otherwise worlds apart Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar together. If Tharoor loved letters, Pushkar loved false eye-lashes and peroxide hair streaks. If he was sophisticated, she was flashy, if he had already arrived, she was the wannabe. If it was his pedigree that took Tharoor to places, the only things that transformed Pushkar from a small-town girl from Kashmir to Mrs Tharoor were her spunk, drive and ambition. When the two met in Dubai, both were at the crossroads of their life. It was 2007 and Tharoor had just failed in his bid to become the UN Secretary General and shifted to Dubai taking up a high-profile job in an investment firm. He was with his second wife and Canadian citizen Christa Giles. Coincidentally, Pushkar too had returned to Dubai after a failed life in Canada and had begun a fresh lease.
The two apparently met in a party and the rest as they say, is history. It was around the same time that Tharoor took the plunge into politics and got elected Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram.
All hell broke loose with the IPL controversy. It was then the media heard about “sweat equity”. More interesting was the face of a pretty woman with oozing charm emerging along with it. She was called the “proxy” for the MoS. But Pushkar protested and proved that she was more than just a “proxy” when Tharoor divorced his second wife and married her.
Their wedding, in traditional Kerala Nair style, was a treat for the eyes. The two good looking people, who were entering into their third marriage, were madly in love. The look in their eyes said it all. The fairlytale romance continued in the capital city too as the charming couple threw parties at the drop of a hat and made a point to attend all parties. Maybe the couple, especially Pushkar, was trying to find a foothold in Delhi with her spunk and grit.
But unfortunately, if Page Three gossips are to be believed, entry into the elitist Delhi circle was not that easy for them.
“Pushkar had always been the most sought after guest in Dubai party circles. But Delhi was a different ball game. Despite her best efforts, she was still considered a wannabe,” said a source who has attended several gatherings with her.
Even her visits to book reading sessions and painting exhibitions, did not turn her into an “intellectual beauty” which she desperately wanted to be. “Pushkar had become very insecure after shifting to Delhi. She had seen many ups and downs before, but she had always bounced back. But her desperate attempt to become an equal partner to Tharoor started having an effect on her,” a friend in Dubai said.
Adding to her cup of woes was her ill health. “Madam had become very moody,” an aide in the Tharoor household said. The last nail in the coffin of this romance was the alleged love affair between Tharoor and Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist. Tharoor’s family had a “detached” relationship with Pushkar.
Pushkar and Tharoor’s relation had all the elements of a 21st century romantic tale. It had whirlwind romance, deceit, opportunism, loneliness, extramarital links ups and huge chunk of mysteries. But like all good love stories this one too has ended leaving too many mysteries unanswered. May be that is the way it should be.
The Sunday Standard