Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Civil Servant's Tale

The Civil Servant's Tale by Abhay K. is a must read for all Civil Services Aspirants. A candid and inspiring story of a diplomat from Nalanda to New Delhi.
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21 comments:

  1. Greetings sir!
    I had one query, does this book have only 78 pages or is the full version available somewhere else?
    I ask because I wanted to know more about what your life entails after you start serving.

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  2. Life in the Service will be part of the second book...thanks for your interest.

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  3. Really enjoyed reading 'The Civil Servant's Tale'.
    Eagerly waiting for the next part.

    Great job, Sir. Very inspiring.

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  4. Hello Sir,

    Thanks a ton for the blog and the book. What are the prospects for Women in IFS? I am motivated to give an attment for UPSC in 2013 but have had mixed opinions from people around.

    Thank you.

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    1. Many thanks Vinita for your kind words! Women have great prospects in the IFS. Two of the women IFS officers have risen to be the rank of the Foreign Secretary who is the head of the Foreign Service. Several other women IFS officers have been Ambassadors to some of the Permanent Five countries. So please go ahead without any hesitations.

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  5. ya truly read the book last night really cool :) just loved it
    inspiring :) sir what a great job
    i am planning to take civil service next year and ifs is my first choice but still had so many doubts wish i can clear the doubts
    can i ask questions?

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    1. Thanks so much Sriy for your warm words.
      Sure, please shoot your questions...

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  6. hi abhay sir..
    I cannot find yor book anywhere on the net. Every link to The Civil Servant's Tale takes me to River Valley to Silicon Valley link. Please help me out..

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    1. Hello Deepa, the link of the book 'The Civil Servant's Tale' has been removed as it under re-publication. River Valley to Silicon Valley has similar content.
      best

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  7. Dear Sir,

    Greetings...!

    Your work is really nice & inspiring, it presents altogether a different side of officres working in civil services of our nation. Your blog & books (especially 10 Questions, superb) are excellent food for thought to me.
    I was interested in reading "The Civil Servant's Tale " , but could not find it anywhere on web. Even the link on blog redirects to another title by you. I will really be obliged if you could please update the link.

    Thanks,
    Alok

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    1. Many thanks Alok for your kind words.
      The link of the book 'The Civil Servant's Tale' has been removed as it under re-publication. River Valley to Silicon Valley has similar content.
      best

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  8. Dear Sir,

    Your blog is really informative, and your success is a great source of inspiration for me. I have few queries regarding IFS:

    1. I know there are multiple IFS personnel who went into politics. I am interested to know, what path do these people generally follow? It would be great if you explain this in some detail.
    2. As you mentioned that one gets a flat of around 110 sq. ft. Do one gets a bigger flat, if married?
    3. Do IFS personnel gets cook, or one has to prepare food by themselves, when living in a foreign country?

    Thanks

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    1. Thanks Catherine,

      1. Some of them join politics after resigning from the IFS, some after retirement. Most of them are very distinguished people with family history in politics or connections with the key political personalities.
      2. no
      3.Govt. provides allowances for providing domestic helps from India or locally.
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  9. Dear Abhay,

    I wish to read your book "The Civil Servant's Tale" but can't find it anywhere. Neither online on flipkart or other books dealing sites nor in any nearby store. Can you please tell me how to access it? I am currently located in Bangalore.

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    1. Hello Saurabh,
      You can order a copy of River Valley to Silicon Valley from Flipkart. It is the same book. I am trying to publish an edited version of it as Civil Servant's Tale which should come next year.
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  10. Hello sir,

    I need to know whether an IFS officer's spouse can work in that country in which he/she is working?
    I have work experience in Bahrain. Does that make me restricted to GCC or arabic language a must???

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  11. Hello sir,

    First of all thank you for your post.
    Sir I need to know whether our spouse will be eligible to work in the country in which we are placed. Does embassy restrict them from working?

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  12. Hello sir!
    I'm an IFS aspirant and badly want to read your book - A Civil Servant's Tale. But every link I click on goes to the book . River Valley to Silicon Valley.
    I have even searched on Google but in vain,
    Could you please post a link where i can buy or download the book?
    And which is the next part of this boo sir?

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  13. sir i am a 16 year old girl and an ifs aspirant, i would really appreciate if u could clarify my few queries:
    1) i am not really comfortable in Indian clothes (since i hv'nt worn them to often) so can i dress up in western?
    2)when does one's pay starts?
    3)can i after some time choose to settle in one of the countries in which i have worked and will being in ifs give any kind of preference for green card of that country?
    4)i am a really fun loving girl and also love to party so will be reflected as a negative character or not?
    and congratulations for such a wonderful life and i really found ur articles helpful.. :)

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  14. Greetings Sir,

    I am an IFS aspirant and while researching about the approaches towards UPSC preparations, I came across multiple mentions of your book " A Civil Servant's Tale". I haven't read the book yet but have placed an order for it based on its intriguing synopsis. I would be obliged if you could enlighten me about the most apt way to start my preparations and the way I should go about it through out the course of my studies.
    I am a working professional and therefore any suggestions would be valuable for me to decide upon the proper course of action.


    With regards,
    Bhaskar Indrakanti

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