Civil Servants

The Beginning of my journey and its end in the Department

Author: 
Somesh Arora

Somesh Arora is an Indian Revenue Service officer of the 1986 batch. He voluntarily retired in 2008 from the rank of Commissioner of Customs and Excise. He is now an advocate, journalist, tax author and columnist. He has a keen interest in astrology and poetry.

Every life has a different story with a purpose of its own. The jigsaw puzzle of life starts falling in place and is always better understood when in the later part of life one takes a hindsight view.

A small incident in life prompted me to come to the Department. It was in 1970’s when I had just begun my college life.

आज का मेरा भारत

Author: 
Harish Kumar Kanabar

Harish Kumar Kanabar is government servant by choice, critic by nature and comedian by instinct. Harish is a commerce post graduate from Nagpur University. At present he's working as Suprintendent CGST at Nagpur.

भारत मेरा देश है। सभी भारतीय मेरे भाई बहन है।

भारत एक कृषि प्रधान देश भी है। भारत की ७०% जनता कृषि पर निर्भर है। कृषि को आयकर से छूट है। आयकर के दर की बात करना हमे मनाही है।

मेरी कवितायेँ मेरी पहचान

Author: 
Jogendra Singh

Jogendra Singh finished his Masters in 1968 and followed it up with a Law Degree in 1970. He joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1971. He retired in 2009 as Chairman Settlement Commission. On superannuation he started writing poems in Hindi and short stories in English.

हिंदी की कुछ कवितायेँ :--

  1. नन्ही बदली
  2. गर्मी की दोपहरी
  3. बैल और किसान
  4. तितली और तूफान
  5. कुछ यक्षप्रश्न, जरा हट के
  6. मंदिर

नन्ही बदली

गर्मी चरम पर है। जीव जन्तु सभी बेहाल हैं। अचानक कुछ होता है सब कुछ बदल जाता है। कैसे ? यह कविता पढ़िये और जान जाइयेः 

नभ में सूरज की छटा खिली थी।
कडक धूप थी,गर्म लू चली थी।
दूर से उडती नन्ही बदली आयी।
रुक सूरज नीचे चादर फैलाई।

My Muse – Entry into Civil Services

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 civil services interview, popularly known as viva voce those days, happened in May 1971. It is of no use as guidance for the aspirants of today but perhaps worth recalling because some of the underlying principles involved in judging personalities persist even today.

After the results of the written exam were announced in February 1971, I began to brush up and get ready for the viva voce. Initially I thought that perhaps I may be called in March or April.

Encounter with Narendrabhai Modi in 1993

Author: 
Suresh Mandan

Suresh Mandan is a graduate of St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad. He joined the Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs where he saw action in many trouble spots of the country. After a career span of 36 exciting years, he retired as Deputy Director. He served a short stint with Conflict Management Associates, a venture of former Punjab Directors General of Police KPS Gill and Julio Rebeiro. Suresh now lives in the USA, working for an information technology company based in California. He is enjoying his retirement with a purpose.

It was somewhere in the middle nineties that I, as an Intelligence Bureau (IB) Officer, was called to meet the then Sah Sar Sangh Chalak of the All India RSS in their office at Kankaria, Ahmedabad. It was personal-cum-officio meeting arranged through a friend from the RSS. The backdrop was the bombing of the RSS office in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu.

The Sah Sar Sangh Chalak who was from the South of the Vindhayas was a very humble man. The room where he was staying was just basic with a small bed, a single chair and some odd furniture. I was impressed with his and the organisation's simplicity. The office of the Organisation which was a headquarters for the state was itself very spartan, unlike offices of the other organisations which display so much of splendour.

My Muse – Hounds of Baskerville

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.

Year 1995 saw some significant events in my life. I got my super time scale after a protracted uphill struggle over 13 years. Our family had a jing bang get-together at the end of the year after several decades.

However at the beginning of 1995 a unique and new experience came my way. I was then posted at Gwalior with Central Bureau of Narcotics in charge of cultivation of legal opium.

CEC Sheshan decided to extend the limited experiment of posting ‘Observers’ in ‘92 Punjab elections to ‘95 Bihar Assembly polls on a bigger scale.

My Muse - Farewell to Arms

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 commmon man. Post retirement he is devoting his energies, along with his wife Tilak, to public and humane causes.

When Popeye became the Boss the comfort levels within the Zone changed quickly.

Popeye was well built but not tall. He walked with grace and asked inconvenient questions, politely. His speech was a bit slurred, making it difficult to make out his exact words and meaning.

I chose to go largely by the drift. It resulted in some very ugly mix ups. But nothing very damaging, either.

Painting

Author: 
Rajesh Vasavada

After completing M.Sc. (Physics) from Jodhpur University, Rajesh Vasavada did short stints as a medical representative and in a Bank. Thereafter, in 1978 Rajesh joined the Department of Customs and Central Excise. Rajesh retired on superannuation in 2012 after 34 satisfying years. From childhood Rajesh was fascinated by watercolors and paintings. He started training himself on his own from the tutorials and books on watercolor techniques available on the web. Paintings, photographs and sketches done by Rajesh are available for viewing on TouchTalent.com.

A collage of paintings and photographs by Rajesh Vasavada.

Birding

Author: 
Manjula Mathur

Manjula Mathur is a senior, retired civil servant of the Government of India, Ministry of Defence. She is an ardent birdwatcher and is interested in bird photography and conservation of birds and their habitats. She is married to Satish Mathur, a senior Indian Police Service officer and lives in Mumbai. They have two sons, Sachit and Suchir.

A collage of bird photographs taken by Manjula Mathur, an avid birder.

Annual Appraisal Report

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.

Amirchand and Zaverchand worked together in a non-descript government department. Amirchand retired on superannuation and Zaverchand followed him. I was a new entrant in the department and thus looked at them with curiosity. They were like inhabitant of a pond where water was stagnant and life meaningless. The only sparks in their life was pay commission reports, mandatory promotions etc... Their working can be summed up - The dusty files made its journey from table to table and crumbling yellow paper bore the meaningless notes and remarks like – pl. speak & put up draft.

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