Editor of CAPITALS(Bloomsbury) & 100 Great Indian Poems (Bloomsbury). Author of The Seduction Of Delhi (Bloomsbury), The Eight-eyed Lord of Kathmandu(Bloomsbury)& The Prophecy of Brasilia(GaNa, Brazil). Received SAARC Literary Award 2013, nominated for Pushcart Prize 2013. On Twitter @theabhayk
is a collection of unassumingly plain meditations on everyday life
shorn off the usual poetic embellishments. They are soothingly
optimistic considering the tension-fraught world that we live in.
- K. Satchidanandan,Noted Poet & Literary Critic of India
In Candling the Light the poet looks for the cosmos in the depths of his own heart and asks questions from the universe to know himself and the meaning of human existence.
- Prof. Guzel V. Strelkova, Moscow State University
Candling the Light is about poet's desire to make difference to someone's life through his poetry. When he reminisces about the past he is moving. Recollections of his grandmother and father strike a deeply poignant note that we can identify with.
- Jehanara Wasi, Editor of several books of poetry
Abhay K.'s poetry gives Indian English poetry a fundamentally new supranational character, at the same time preserving traditions.
- Prof. Irina Burova, St. Petersburg State University
Through the poems in the collection Candling the Light, Abhay K. brings out the beauty and grace of the human mind in meditation, through well-chosen words that fit into rare aesthetic patterns.
-Dr.A.J.Thomas, Editor, Indian Literature
Candling the Light is, arguably, the most refreshing and noteworthy of Abhay K.'s works till date, especially in its orientation around key human emotions and experiences, like love, loss, family ties, spontaneous kindness from a stranger et al.
- Gautam Chakrabarty, Ast. Professor Eng. Lit. Delhi University
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Life in the Indian Foreign Service
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Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is unlike any other Civil Service such as Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or Indian Police Service (IPS). An Indian Foreign Service officer spends most of his/her time abroad ( two-third of his/her career) and only one third of career in India at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) in New Delhi.
After joining the Indian Foreign Service, for which one has to be generally at the top of the ranking order in Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India, one is sent to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussorie for training for a period of three months where he/she is known as Foreign Service Probationer/ Officer Trainee.
After completing the three months training, which involves training in multiple disciplines including a foreign language, horse riding and trekking in high Himalayas, a Foreign Service Probationer moves to the Foreign Service Institute located in New Delhi for further training.
At the Foreign Service Institute, which is located on Baba Gangnath Marg near Jawaharlal University (JNU) campus, a Foreign Service Probationer undergoes training for a year which involves International Relations, Indian Foreign Service Pay, Leave and Compensatory Allowances (IFS-PLCA) Rules, Foreign Trade, functioning of Indian missions in neighbouring South Asian countries, attachments with the Army, Navy and the Air Force, attachment with the district and the state administration and attachment with the corporate sector.