The death on January 17, 2014 of Sunanda Pushkar, businesswoman and wife of writer and politician Shashi Tharoor, was as shocking as it was suspect, spawning many a controversy and complex legal battles. To this end, ‘The Extraordinary Life and Death of Sunanda Pushkar’, a culmination of material drawn from personal archives, numerous interviews and investigation across continents, attempts to answer the questions: Who really was Sunanda Pushkar? Was she a social climber hankering after power and fame? Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe biography will release on July 26, it was announed by the publishers on June 26, Pushkar’s 58th birth anniversary. In search of answers, Sunanda Mehta, journalist and Pushkar’s former schoolmate, traces her subject’s life from her early days in cantonment towns to her first two marriages, a largely unknown stint in Canada, her rise as a Dubai businesswoman and finally her much-publicised years with Tharoor until her controversial death shook the nation. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSunanda Mehta is a senior journalist with over 25 years of experience. Beginning her career with magazines such as Femina, Savvy and Society, she went on to become the founding editor of the Pune magazine Citadel. She moved to the Indian Express next and worked there for over two decades. From 2010 to 2017, she was Resident Editor of the newspaper’s Pune edition. A former Chevening fellow, she has also been a visiting lecturer at the Savitribai Phule Pune University. Mehta divides her time between Pune and Mumbai. ‘The Extraordinary Life and Death of Sunanda Pushkar’ is her first book.