THE AUTHOR retired from the IAS when he had 16 more years left for superannuation. Recording his reasons, he has bared it all. Reading about his disillusionment, the reader cannot help wondering whether he was not naive in first opting for government service in the 1970s, when it was widely believed by neutral observers, that there had been a steep fall in the standards all over.
This is more so, as his father was already in the Police Service and an objective brief was available to him. The author recalls his father telling him that, for all his average abilities, he would fit in only as a clerk or as an IAS officer!
As in every other book of memoirs by civil servants, here also we have various incidents quoted. The author did not want to be either a rule-bound copybook bureaucrat or an intellectually dishonest stooge.