13 Jun

End the IAS : Is it a solution?

"By whatever constitution India may be ruled, no government will be able to 'do without District Officer" - (Simon Commission Report, 1928) "End the IAS" - Mihir S Sharma This article is a searching response to another article by Sharma that said that the IAS must go. The article appeared on June 5, 2015, in Business Standard.   ____________________________________ PART I   The IAS is akin to the top management of an impossibly large and complex entity called [Read more ...]
20 Oct

Shit! There’s too much shit around!

Shit! That's what I wondered when I looked out, for the nth time, from the window of the Delhi Kalka morning Shatabdi. Trips to Delhi has been a little frequent lately, and wife is happier consequently [don't think otherwise! Wifey stays in Delhi, and she is happy to find me frequenter there]. Mostly, on my way back to the hills, I catch the Shatabdi. That brings me to the issue of shit. India has the second largest population in the world, and soon we may be numero uno. Consequently, we shit [Read more ...]
11 Oct

Choice posting

The Personnel departments in most states, and the Centre, are a dreadful lot. Much like Finance, a posting there ruffles more features than it soothes. However, the aura of power of these departments draw the sturdy lot to them. The Personnel department controls much of the professional lives of the IAS officers. And most important, in the context of the states, is that they control the postings - or so they say. In reality, it may be that the Personnel just approves what others, including the political [Read more ...]
24 Oct

Hike to Jakhu

Shimla hides many charms. One of them is creeping out of the cozy quilt on a chilly Sunday morning, walking through the shadowy roads and walking towards the sun-kissed hill tops. Many can find this charm alone; lesser souls like me need some company to make this effort worthwhile. Coaxing a lazy person to do this Herculean task is, well, Herculean. But when you coax a senior person to accompany you, you better make sure you are there on time. That requires a fidgety sleep waiting for the early [Read more ...]
15 Aug

The True Meaning of Life

We are visitors on this planet.
We are here for ninety
Or one hundred years
at the very most.
During this period,
We must try to do something
good, something useful,
with our lives.
If you contribute to other
people’s happiness, you will
find the true goal,
the true meaning of life.
      – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.