The book Life in the IAS – Three Lals of Haryana by emphasise
This was the 2nd memoir that I read of a bureaucrat after Anil Swarup sir’s Ethical Dilemmas of a Civil Servant, which I have reviewed here. So far I have been enjoying this genre.
Likes and Dislikes
- The history of Haryana is presented not as mere facts but as an immersive story. This gives you a feeling as if you are present in that very moment.
- Chapters with Historical events precede chapters with personal events. So the book demands no prerequisite knowledge about Haryana.
- The back story of the three Lals is presented in brief and doesn’t overburden the reader with unnecessary information.
- The language is simple and effective.
- Personal experiences are presented bluntly even where one could think badly of Ram sir to provide all the facts. So the book doesn’t force you to like the protagonist i.e sir himself.
What I didn’t like was the bias towards a particular Lal is clearly visible and even gets reflected in the historical facts. Also, some of the incidents mentioned in the book felt morally wrong to me (like slapping a subordinate on the cheek or purchasing a car from state government quota).
Overall the book was an immersive read and quite informative. I liked Ram sir’s way of narration and his overall journey. The book also helped me understand the present developments in my state by providing a historical context. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in history of Haryana or reading about journey of a civil servant. You can purchase the book, here.