Former Union Minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor is expected to marry his long-time friend Sunanda Pushkar on August 17, which also marks the beginning of the Malayalam new year.
According to confidants of the Lok Sabha MP, Tharoor is set to tie the knot at the famous Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the constancy of former union diplomat represents. But some of them also talked of the plans of getting the wedding solemnized early, and having a reception on August 17—and Tharoor has been keeping his wedding plans close to his vest.
London-born Tharoor’s divorce from his second wife, Canadian Christa Giles, came through on Friday. The parliament record of the Thiruvananthapuram MP, which till last week had Christa Tharoor's name against a column to indicate marital status, mentions his status as divorcee now.
And the Tharoor and Pushkar have been seen visiting many temples together, of late. And on Saturday Tharoor and Pushkar performed puja at a temple near Shirdi in Maharastra.
“Wonderful visit 2 (to) open-air temple to Saturn and Shani Shingnapur. Simple ritual in clean, pure surroundings. 1 (one) can nvr (never) know enuf (enough) of our culture,” Tharoor had tweeted about the visit."
Tharoor’s friendship with Pushkar came to the light in the wake of IPL controversy that eventually cost the former Minister his job. While Tharoor had been arguing that he was mentoring a Kerala team for the IPL, then IPL commissioner Lalit Modi made public the details of the Kochi IPL team ownership, where Sunanda had a sweat equity, which were reportedly valued at Rs 70 crore. However, she had surrendered the equity later.
Rendezvous Sports World had won the franchise for the Kochi IPL team for 1,500 crore. Tharoor has twin sons Ishaan and Kanishk from his first marriage to Tilottama Mukherjee, an academic. And later he married Christa Giles.