Despite the growing presence of multinationals and the ongoing
emphasis on work-culture in the corporate world, if the first
preference of the Indian middle classes continues to be government
service even today, it is largely related to the pleasures of
irresponsibility, idleness, graft, bribery and other forms of
corruption. So in the last six decades since independence, government
service has turned into a synonym of all the above vices. This is how
transfers and postings among the services have become an ‘industry’
which is thriving and flourishing among us more than many others, from
government offices to the bungalows of politicians in power.
finer details of this ‘industry’, which only an insider can access, are
presented to us by this novel with a satire so trenchant and powerful
that we begin to look at our bureaucracy during recent years with
something close to despair. A delightful reading as it offers, the
reader is compelled to begin asking whither we as a nation are headed.