Civil Servants

My West Side Story – The Man with the Stetson

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.

Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Author: 
Sadik Kidas

M.A. Sadik is the Founder Director of Smart Leaders IAS Academy. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics and masters in History.

Sadik teaches history and geography. He has authored several books on these two subjects. He is a reader and traveler.

He has been mentoring and teaching students for UPSC exams preparations since 2008. He runs a YouTube channel called Smart Leaders IAS. His website www.smartleadersias.com is a treasure trove for students aspiring to write the UPSC exams.


About the book

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Publication: 2011 (First edition published 1945.)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0143416319
Pages: 104 (Paperback)
Price: Rs. 113
Website: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/327220/animal-farm-by-george-or...

The visit of a VIP to a small town

Author: 
Prem Prakash Sharma

Prem Prakash Sharma (popularly known as PP) was born in Sikar, Rajasthan in 1959. He graduated in B.Sc. (PCM) from Government College, Neem ka Thana, Rajasthan. He went on to finish his education with a three-year law degree and masters in political science from University of Rajasthan.

PP joined Customs and Central Excise and was posted to several cities, international airports and sea ports across India in a career spanning 36 plus years.

PP retired on superannuation from Jaipur in January 2019 where he lives with his elderly parents, families of two brothers, his wife Sadhana, son Vivek and daughter Niharika. Both his children are excelling at their studies.

PP is a keen follower of cricket played the around the world, having himself played competitive games at various levels. His favourite pastime post-retirement is to look after his family, play golf and listen to some soul-searching music.

Editor's Note: This is the second part of PP's memories about his childhood. The first part can be read here: A Journey of Our Days.


I dive deep into the memory lane of my childhood to recall the visit of a VIP to my neighbouring town, Neem ka Thana, in the neo-feudal era of Indian politics that began when Indira Gandhi won the elections in a landslide in 1971.

My Baby Steps into the World of Trekking

Author: 
Shriprakash Rao

Shriprakash Rao attended St. Xavier's School, Jaipur where he was a sports enthusiast, with particular emphasis on cricket and basket ball. He was also a good short-distance swimmer.

Rao joined the Department of Customs and Central Excise as Inspector, and retired as Additional Commissioner in 2015. He traveled to many nations as a trade negotiator for the Central Government on several occasions for various trade agreements.

Rao is an avid adventurer who has under taken trekking expeditions across Himalayas in India and Nepal. He fancies his visit to Iceland to see the Northern Lights to be the crown jewel of his travels. He is a keen photographer while traveling.

Rao loves driving and has under taken many long drives across India, initially on his motor cycle and later on by car. He is an avid reader and a movie buff, especially of classic westerns.

Rao presently lives in Jaipur with his wife.

In 1985, I along with my friends, Roger and DC, went on a mountain trek to Nepal.

We boarded the Jaipur-Lucknow-Gorakhpur train, excited but apprehensive of the unknown. The journey took us twenty four hours. It was tiring and eventful but I shall leave it out for some other time.

Remembering the good old days of work and childhood

Author: 
Darshan Singh
Darshan Singh

Darshan Singh retired as Superintendent from Department of Customs and Central Excise on superannuation in 2012.

Darshan is a graduate in Arts stream from University Of Rajasthan.

A sports enthusiast and keen golfer, Darshan is a permanent member of the Rambagh Golf Club where he holds a handicap of 18.

At present, Darshan lives a retired life in Jaipur with his spouse, Japinder.

बचपन के दिन

पांचवीं तक स्लेट की बत्ती को जीभ से चाटकर कैल्शियम की कमी पूरी करना हमारी स्थाई आदत थी लेकिन इसमें पापबोध भी था कि कहीं विद्यामाता नाराज न हो जायें ।

पढ़ाई का तनाव हमने पेन्सिल का पिछला हिस्सा चबाकर मिटाया था ।

"पुस्तक के बीच विद्या, पौधे की पत्ती और मोरपंख रखने से हम होशियार हो जाएंगे ऐसा हमारा दृढ विश्वास था"।

From bicycles to scooters and cars: As witnessed by me. (जैसा मैंने देखा)

Author: 
Anil Chandela

Anil Chandela was born in Ajmer in 1959. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from Government College, Ajmer (GCA) in 1980.

The Scottish House

Author: 
Niranjan Godara

Niranjan Godara attended St. Anslem’s School, Ajmer followed by St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur and Government Higher Secondary School, Ajmer. He graduated in history and obtained a Masters degree in public administration from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.

Niranjan has represented Rajasthan at various championships at school, at both junior and senior levels. He was part of the Indian basketball team at the 1980 Asian Basketball Confederation Under-18 Championship at Bangkok.

Niranjan is on the cusp of entering his golden sixties, having taken voluntary retirement from government service to enjoy his time with his family, friends and environment. He loves nature, especially birding and wildlife.

Niranjan presently lives at Jaipur with his wife Prerna and other members of his family.

These pictures I took on 08.05.2020. It's of one of the 5 nesting sites of house sparrows at my house.

A long journey from Dhani to Department

Author: 
Shrawan Kumar Bhaskar

Shrawan Kumar Bhaskar was born in 1959. He did his schooling from various schools in and around Sikar, Rajasthan. He graduated from Government SK College, after which he pursued a Masters degree in English Literature and then M. Phil. in English from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.

Bhaskar started work as a temporary college teacher in 1981. He joined the Customs and Central Excise Department in 1983 as Inspector.

A Journey of Our Days

Author: 
Prem Prakash Sharma

Prem Prakash Sharma (popularly known as PP) was born in Sikar, Rajasthan in 1959. He graduated in B.Sc. (PCM) from Government College, Neem ka Thana Rajasthan. He went on to finish his education with a three-year law degree and masters in political science from University of Rajasthan.

PP joined Customs and Central Excise and was posted to several cities, international airports and sea ports across India in a career spanning 36 plus years.

Tea and transfers

Author: 
Shriprakash Rao

Shriprakash Rao attended St. Xavier's School, Jaipur where he was a sports enthusiast, with particular emphasis on cricket and basket ball. He was also a good short-distance swimmer.

Rao joined the Department of Customs and Central Excise as Inspector, and retired as Additional Commissioner in 2015. He traveled to many nations as a trade negotiator for the Central Government on several occasions for various trade agreements.

Rao is an avid adventurer who has under taken trekking expeditions across Himalayas in India and Nepal. He fancies his visit to Iceland to see the Northern Lights to be the crown jewel of his travels. He is a keen photographer while traveling.

Rao loves driving and has under taken many long drives across India, initially on his motor cycle and later on by car. He is an avid reader and a movie buff, especially of classic westerns.

Rao presently lives in Jaipur with his wife.

It was April, 2012. I was posted in India’s economic capital, Mumbai, at the island port city of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). The workload was heavy but life was peaceful as we were fairly well settled in our daily routine in the busy city. My wife was also happy and comfortable as she was living in home town. Life couldn’t have been better.

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