Civil Servants

Encounter with Narendrabhai Modi in 1993

Suresh Mandan is a graduate of St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad. He joined the Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs where he saw action in many trouble spots of the country. After a career span of 36 exciting years, he retired as Deputy Director. He served a short stint with Conflict Management Associates, a venture of former Punjab Directors General of Police KPS Gill and Julio Rebeiro. Suresh now lives in the USA, working for an information technology company based in California. He is enjoying his retirement with a purpose.

It was somewhere in the middle ninetees that I, as an Intelligence Bureau (IB) Officer, was called to meet the then Sah Sar Sangh Chalak of the All India RSS in their office at Kankaria, Ahmedabad. It was personal-cum-officio meeting arranged through a friend from the RSS. The backdrop was the bombing of the RSS office in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu.

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My Muse – Hounds of Baskerville

Subhash Mathur was born and brought up in small towns in Rajasthan. During his school and college education at Jaipur, he was keenly involved in sports, journalism and public speaking. His civil services career has given him a platform for spreading his ideas about modernising tax administration to benefit the common man. Post retirement he is devoting his energies, along with his wife Tilak, to public and humane causes.

Year 1995 saw some significant events in my life. I got my super time scale after a protracted uphill struggle over 13 years. Our family had a jing bang get-together at the end of the year after several decades.

However at the beginning of 1995 a unique and new experience came my way. I was then posted at Gwalior with Central Bureau of Narcotics in charge of cultivation of legal opium.

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My Muse - Farewell to Arms

Subhash Mathur was born and brought up in small towns in Rajasthan. During his school and college education at Jaipur, he was keenly involved in sports, journalism and public speaking. His civil services career has given him a platform for spreading his ideas about modernising tax administration to benefit the commmon man. Post retirement he is devoting his energies, along with his wife Tilak, to public and humane causes.

When Popeye became the Boss the comfort levels within the Zone changed quickly.

Popeye was well built but not tall. He walked with grace and asked inconvenient questions, politely. His speech was a bit slurred, making it difficult to make out his exact words and meaning.

I chose to go largely by the drift. It resulted in some very ugly mix ups. But nothing very damaging, either.

Popeye changed many of the prevalent practices but in my opinion went too far. Slowly, the anger built up against him as even kindred souls were upset.

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Painting


After completing M.Sc. (Physics) from Jodhpur University, Rajesh Vasavada did short stints as a medical representative and in a Bank. Thereafter, in 1978 Rajesh joined the Department of Customs and Central Excise. Rajesh retired on superannuation in 2012 after 34 satisfying years. From childhood Rajesh was fascinated by watercolors and paintings. He started training himself on his own from the tutorials and books on watercolor techniques available on the web. Paintings, photographs and sketches done by Rajesh are available for viewing on TouchTalent.com.

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