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AND WHAT REMAINS IN THE END THE MEMOIRS OF AN UNREPENTANT CIVIL SERVANT

by Robin Gupta

  • Category Non-Fiction
  • Format PB/Flexi
  • Imprint
  • Price 350
  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-2373-2
  2. Pages: 304 pages
  3. Date: April 2013

ABOUT THIS BOOK

A career civil servant, Robin Gupta has had the unique distinction of serving in
four Indian provinces—Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab—apart
from a long period of deputation with the Central Government. He has travelled
far and wide across the country and the world and, with an active role in India’s
governance and politics, he has observed it grow and change over the last four
decades. In turn philosophical, sensitive and laced with gentle humour, this is a
book that provides the reader with a window into that evolution of India, and
the part played by civil servants in its advancement.
From attending lavish parties at exclusive clubs, to working in isolation in farfl
ung, impoverished corners of India; from dealing with the complexities of
bureaucracy, to his contributions to policy-making and development; from
encountering both brilliance and apathy in men and women, to the satisfaction
of being able to help one’s fellow citizens—Robin Gupta documents his
experiences with candour, warmth and a deep appreciation of the absurdities of
the human condition. Lucid and poignant, And What Remains in the End is not
only an account of a rich life but also a portrait of a country in motion and a
testament to those who dedicated their lives to serving their nation.

AUTHOR OF THE BOOK

Born in Delhi on 1 October 1948, Robin Gupta decided on a career in the
civil service early in his life. After a brief stint with the Indian Police Service, he
was accepted into the Indian Administrative Service in 1974. His deputations
included challenging assignments throughout the country, and he was posted
as commissioner in the fi eld on seven separate occasions, a record in the history
of Indian civil service. His fi nal posting before retirement was as fi nancial
commissioner, Government of Punjab.