Civil Servants

Remembering the good old days of work and childhood

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)

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

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

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

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

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.

An Unexpected Encounter

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.

After going through the fierce trials and travails of Indo-Pak War (Dec-1971), my role as Collector and District Magistrate, Barmer extended to providing immediate relief to refugees from Pakistan areas, who had literally walked into India from Indian army occupied territories which included the whole of Chhahro Tehsil and parts of Nagarparker and Mithi Tehsils of Thar Parker Dist of Pakistan.

Adjutant Stork (Laptoptilos dubius) – A Ray of Hope

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).

Vinod’s intense desire to own a camera from his childhood led to his deep interest in studying wildlife in natural surroundings. Over the years, he also developed a fascination for ‘local’ birds in neighbourhood conditions. Thus his basic philosophy: ‘uncommon Behaviour of common birds‘.

Vinod, supported by his family, has become a well-known photographer in India and abroad.

As I sit at home during the lockdown, Navratra celebrations begin from 25th March. It is the Hindu New Year which I prefer to celebrate instead of the Christian New Year on 31st December every year.

But the celebrations are muted as a national lockdown for 21 days has begun.

A medley of oil paintings

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.

Editor's note: Last year, Shree Yadav Ram shared his life's story with us. Today we are privileged to showcase a selection from his vast treasure trove of oil paintings on canvas. In the next story we will put on display his love for plants and parks.

Although I had selected drawing as one of my optional subjects in school, I did not paint much during my school days.

It was only after I hired a teacher for my children that my interest in drawing and painting was rekindled. That’s how at 45, I restarted my hobby.

My first three paintings were under the guidance of the art and drawing teacher hired for my children.

Since then I have done a copious amount of painting. My favourite medium is to paint with oil paint on canvas, with a brush or knife.

My muse – In the midst of the Corona storm

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.

I am touching 74. I thought that at my age I had seen it all. I was ready to believe that there was no way I could really live a major new twist in my life. In terms of freedom to move around or ready availability of veggies or groceries or meats or even bread and butter. Or my freedom to meet others with full freedom.

I also thought I was placed well enough in life with a decent pension and enough funds invested wisely to happily live through the rest of my life surrounded by sons , daughters-in-law and grandkids.


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