Civil Servants

A selection of poems in Hindi

Author: 
Ashok Kumar

Born in 1967, Ashok Kumar had his initial schooling in Bulandshahar, UP and Delhi. Ashok graduated from M M H College, Ghaziabad, UP in B.Sc. Biology. He joined Indian Customs in 1991 at Mumbai. He is a recipient of the President Award in year 2012 for meritorious services in the field of intelligence and investigations.

Presently Ashok is working as Assistant Commissioner of Customs at Chennai. In addition to his office work he is also passionate about Cycling, Tracking, Marathons, Badminton, Bird Photography but the love of his life is writing poetry in Hindi.

His anthology of poems can be read on his Facebook page "अंकुरण-अशोक की कविताओं का संकलन" and his bird photography is available on his Facebook page "अशोक वाटिका- Nerul Bird Sanctuary".

Ashok's wife, Pushpa, is a marathon runner and a regular participant. Recently she has completed 100 km in a day challenge organised by Pinkathon at Ambey Valley. Their son, Vaibhav, is an alumnus of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and at present working as Designer with VIP Industries Luggage Division. Their daughter, Swati, graduated in Mass Communication from Symbiosis, Pune and working with a NGO in Delhi.

Editor's Note: We are privileged to publish here a small selection from Ashok's anthology of Hindi poems:

  1. चलते जाओ
  2. सोचता हूँ प्रेमगीत लिखूं
  3. कुछ हसरते परवाज़ की बातें करो...

My love for nature

Author: 
Vinod Goel

Vinod Goel was born and brought up in the small town of Palwal, Haryana. He attended the Sainik School Balachadi in Jamnagar. In 1982, he joined the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise).

Interface with political leaders: Shri Barkatullah Khan and Shri C.M. Baid

Author: 
I. C. Srivastava

I. C. Srivastava was born in 1943. A student of English Literature, he joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1966. During his 37 year tenure, he served as Collector/ District Magistrate of three districts, rising to the position of Chairman, Board of Revenue, Rajasthan.

Shri Srivastava worked as Secretary/Principal Secretary of as many as 17 Rajasthan State Departments, including Revenue, Irrigation, Education, Culture, Tourism, Sports, and Women & Child Development Department. He retired as Chairman, Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Corporation.

Shri Srivastava has authored several books on Administration & Current affairs in Hindi and English. Nowadays, he is associated with various social and cultural voluntary organisations in Jaipur.

Editor's Note: This is the third part of a series on life as an IAS officer by Shri I. C. Srivastava. The first part is Memorable and Useful Experiences as an IAS officer while the second part is Interface with and Interference by Political Masters.

Two other Congress leaders with whom I came in contact stand out as great political stalwarts. If one goes by the adage, some are born great, some achieve greatness and some others have greatness thrust upon them, while Shri Sukhadia was a great achiever Shri Barkatullah Khan had the greatness thrust upon him.

Three poems and some random thoughts

Author: 
Vivek Shrivastava

Vivek Shrivastava was born and brought up in Jaipur. He is a Science graduate but chose to do his masters in Economics. He has a Diploma in Functional Urdu from the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL). At present he's in the third year of his law degree.

Vivek joined the Central Board of Excise & Customs and is presently posted as Superintendent GST. His expertise lies in enforcement of laws relating to money laundering and foreign exchange. He is a visiting faculty for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) at the Rajasthan Police Academy and the Central Detective Training Institute, Jaipur.

Vivek is a prolific writer of poems and stories, many of which have already been published in various journals. He’s associated with several poetic forums. He presented his story ‘Tyakta’ at World Hindi Secretariat at Mauritius which won the third prize of $100 and numerous other felicitations.

Vivek's flair for writing and speaking is well noted and he often anchors high-end functions. He currently resides in Jaipur with his parents, his wife, Rashi, and children, Rudransh and Shivansh.

  1. बुद्ध को पाती
  2. ना भूलें
  3. Parallaxes
  4. Random thoughts

Interface with and Interference by Political Masters

Author: 
I. C. Srivastava

I. C. Srivastava was born in 1943. A student of English Literature, he joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1966. During his 37 year tenure, he served as Collector/ District Magistrate of three districts, rising to the position of Chairman, Board of Revenue, Rajasthan.

Shri Srivastava worked as Secretary/Principal Secretary of as many as 17 Rajasthan State Departments, including Revenue, Irrigation, Education, Culture, Tourism, Sports, and Women & Child Development Department. He retired as Chairman, Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Corporation.

Shri Srivastava has authored several books on Administration & Current affairs in Hindi and English. Nowadays, he is associated with various social and cultural voluntary organisations in Jaipur.

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a series on life as an IAS officer by Shri I. C. Srivastava. Click here to read the first part, titled Memorable and Useful Experiences as an IAS officer.

Matsya Union

Matsya Union

Bharatpur, one of the first three erstwhile states of Rajputana to join Matsya Union which merged with Greater Rajasthan had a chequered history of Jat warrior kings who plundered Delhi infrequently and joined Marathas in their campaigns against the Moghul rulers of Delhi in the eighteenth century.

My first picnic – I became a Leader

Author: 
Jitendra Sanghvi

Jitendra Sanghvi joined the Customs Department in the year 1972 and took voluntary retirement in 2003 as Deputy Commissioner. He served as a faculty member at the National Academy of Customs and Central Excise Mumbai for 8 years. Upon voluntary retirement he started Sanjosh Consultants with two former colleagues. He was also a special counsel to Central Board of Excise and Customs. A keen sportsperson since childhood, he played cricket for his college, the Customs Cricket team and several clubs. He practises Vipassana and is a keen environmentalist.

Author's Note: The story that follows is set in 1960s. All characters in the story are real from middle class background. In those times Indians lived largely in joint families. Incomes were limited. Expenses were tightly controlled. For almost two years in the mid 1960s only American red and white wheat was available in the markets. School fee was graded as per class. Uniforms were usually hand-me-downs. Books and notebooks were available from charitable trusts on concession. Children usually walked 4 to 5 km to school in Mumbai also. We as children used to play games on vacant plots or roads. Community watching of 16 mm movies beamed via projectors was the basic form of entertainment. Citizens took to frugality and hardship in stride for as part of nation building. Life was simple, wonderful and enjoyable.

Memorable and Useful Experiences as an IAS officer

Author: 
I. C. Srivastava

I. C. Srivastava was born in 1943. A student of English Literature, he joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1966. During his 37 year tenure, he served as Collector/ District Magistrate of three districts, rising to the position of Chairman, Board of Revenue, Rajasthan.

Shri Srivastava worked as Secretary/Principal Secretary of as many as 17 Rajasthan State Departments, including Revenue, Irrigation, Education, Culture, Tourism, Sports, and Women & Child Development Department. He retired as Chairman, Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Corporation.

Shri Srivastava has authored several books on Administration & Current affairs in Hindi and English. Nowadays, he is associated with various social and cultural voluntary organisations in Jaipur.

Life in IAS begins

As an IAS officer, one gets a chance, rather a host of opportunities to experience a number of unique situations. I have penned down a few memorable experiences which might be interesting and rewarding to readers, especially trainee administrative officers who may be confronted with similar or more challenging situations.

Service Memory Corner: Customs and Central Excise

Author: 
Manickavasagam

Two Poems — Wonder of wonders

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.

Shri Bhatnagar's interests lie in the field of biology, literature and mythology. Under the pen name of Santosh Ratan, he prefers to write on scientific topics in poetic format instead of prose. He likes to draw illustrations from Indian mythology and that too in both English and Hindi. He has published 6 books so far — two in English and four bilingually, including poems on the natural wonders of the world. One of his books, Jeev Jagat Ki Aadharshila has been published in paper format while the others are online at http://santoshbhatnagar.weebly.com/ and https://www.scribd.com/user/379765454/S-K-BHATNAGAR-SANTOSH-RATAN.

Poems:--

  1. Prayer to Apollo & Athena
  2. Cosmological Wonders

My Muse: Surf, Bhasha and Basa

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.

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