Civil Servants

Life in the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

Author: 
Sunil Choudhury

Born in a village in what is now Jharkhand, Sunil Kumar Choudhury did his graduation and post-graduation from Ranchi University. He joined the Indian Army in 1964 and was commissioned with the Rajput Regiment. He was assigned to 15 Rajput in 1965. He also qualified as a Commando from Infantry School, Mhow. After being released from the army in 1970, he served in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in West Bengal.

Sunil joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1971. He married his batch mate, Komala Raghavan, in 1975. After retirement on superannuation in 2002, he along with his wife Komala settled down in Bengaluru. Komala passed away in January 2018.

As I mentioned in my first story I felt the impact of 1962 Sino-Indian conflict and it changed my life in a big way. Serving with the armed forces of the country was never in my mind but the events of Oct-Nov 1962 pushed me towards taking steps to join the Indian Army.

One chilly early morning, a bunch of us looking not sure of ourselves arrived at the Dehradun Railway station. We received a warm reception by a team of uniformed men waiting to ferry us to the Academy located at the foothills of the Himalayas.

Mundra

Author: 
Arun Jain

Arun Jain has been working with Customs and Central Excise since March, 1992 and is presently posted as Superintendent of Customs at Ahmedabad. He is a post draduate in Physics (specialized in Electronics) and also did his Masters in Business Administration, both from Gujarat University.

He has been writing small anecdotes in a Facebook Group called Anand Sabha and has come forward with similar writings to be disseminated by the readers of this esteemed and widely read E-Magazine under inourdays.org also.

कच्छ नहीं देखा तो कुछ नहीं देखा – अमिताभ बच्चन

That was well said by Shri अमिताभ बच्चन जी during promotions for Gujarat Tourism, but for us, Kutch has been a significant part of itinerary in our postings – sooner it comes, the better. Mine came at such a phase of life when I did wanted or did not want to be away from my family. I wanted because of the reason that I was fed up with monotony of working in the same field for a quite few years and wanted to venture in the areas where I was supposed to be on my toes and that too on major Sea Port.

Young Men at Sea: Seeing Death in Slow Motion

Author: 
Sanjiv Jani

Sanjiv Jani is a resident of Rajkot in Saurashtra, also known as Sorath of Kathiawar peninsular region of Gujarat. By profession Sanjiv is Superintendent of Central GST but is a man of varied interests such as stage and TV artist, writer director of short films with social message and an activist. Saṇjiv has taken up many social causes like campaign against noise pollution etc. Sanjiv is passionate about his favourite causes and ever willing to go the extra mile to fulfill his dreams.

Have you ever seen a real hell of a danger in your life coming towards you in slow motion? If an accident happens, it is mostly a matter of fraction of seconds. But what if you are about to witness those seconds stretched into time seem immemorial?

My ups and downs but I am a winner

Author: 
Yadav Ram

Yadav Ram was born in 1955 in Patiala, Punjab and had his education in Chandigarh. He did his LLB from Meerut University.

Starting work as a teacher, he moved on to being an automobile mechanic, serving with the Armed Forces HeadQuarters and working at an insurance company. He settled down to steady employment after he joined the Department of Central Excise and Service Tax. Upon retirement, he has started a law firm as a consultant.

Two Poems — Us and Them

Author: 
S K Bhatnagar

Shri S.K.Bhatnagar was born in 1937 and brought up at Beawar, Rajasthan. After post-graduation in Botany from Ajmer, he dabbled in agricultural aesearch for a couple of years and then became a lecturer for a short period. He started his career as a civil servant in the Rajasthan Administrative Service. He joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1961 and retired in 1999 as the President of the Customs Tribunal.

My Muse - Anand vs. Anand: Saritha comes of age

Author: 
Subhash Mathur

Subhash Mathur was born and brought up in small towns in Rajasthan. During his school and college education at Jaipur, he was keenly involved in sports, journalism and public speaking. His civil services career has given him a platform for spreading his ideas about modernising tax administration to benefit the common man. Post retirement he is devoting his energies, along with his wife Tilak, to public and humane causes.

My Muse - Kangana wants Closure

Author: 
Subhash Mathur

Subhash Mathur was born and brought up in small towns in Rajasthan. During his school and college education at Jaipur, he was keenly involved in sports, journalism and public speaking. His civil services career has given him a platform for spreading his ideas about modernising tax administration to benefit the common man. Post retirement he is devoting his energies, along with his wife Tilak, to public and humane causes.

My Muse - Ram Teri Ganga Maili

Author: 
Subhash Mathur

Subhash Mathur was born and brought up in small towns in Rajasthan. During his school and college education at Jaipur, he was keenly involved in sports, journalism and public speaking. His civil services career has given him a platform for spreading his ideas about modernising tax administration to benefit the common man. Post retirement he is devoting his energies, along with his wife Tilak, to public and humane causes.

My Muse - Bench in the Park

Author: 
Subhash Mathur

Subhash Mathur was born and brought up in small towns in Rajasthan. During his school and college education at Jaipur, he was keenly involved in sports, journalism and public speaking. His civil services career has given him a platform for spreading his ideas about modernising tax administration to benefit the common man. Post retirement he is devoting his energies, along with his wife Tilak, to public and humane causes.

Autobiography of a Lucky Man - Part 1

Author: 
K. K. Bhatnagar

Shri K. K. Bhatnagar was born in 1938. He was brought up and educated in Kota, Rajasthan. He joined the 1962 batch of civil services as an IAS officer. During his 34 years of service in his home cadre of Rajasthan, Shri Bhatnagar held many important and challenging charges, the most memorable ones being his stint with the Jaipur Development Authority Jaipur and HUDCO, New Delhi. Based on his rich experience in urban planning and development, he served as a consultant post retirement for several international agencies on issues related to urban living.

At present, Shri Bhatnagar is living a retired life with his wife, Sudha, at Jaipur. He spends most of his evenings indulging in his passion: playing bridge.

Part 1: Collector and District Magistrate at Jodhpur - 6th July, 1974 to 26th October, 1976

Mr. S. L. Khurana (under whom I learnt the first lessons of service) was the Chief Secretary in Rajasthan when I returned from Delhi. Incidentally he was fully in command for postings of IAS Officers in the State.

He had adopted the policy of posting direct recruits of my seniority to various districts. He picked me for Jodhpur which also happened to be the most important district in the state after Jaipur.

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