A position as demanding as that of the civil servants hardly leaves any scope for pursuing passion. However, sheer determination and will power can grant you even such luxury that you would never have fathomed. Below we outline five famous union service holders who follow their passion alongside their profession to lead a life of balance and satisfaction.
A 1983 batch IAS officer and Joint Secretary on the Petrol and Natural Gas and Regulatory Board, Upamanyu Chaterjee is a celebrated author who is also the 2004 recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award. His debut novel English, August was published in 1988 and has also been adapted into a Bollywood film. The Director of Languages in the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 1998, Mr. Chatterjee also has a host of other published works to add to his repertoire of literary exploits.
ISHA BASANT JOSHI
The first woman IAS officer of independent India, Isha Joshi held roles as Magistrate and Assistant Commissioner in Delhi while also being Commissioner cum State Editor of the District Gazette and other senior roles in the Ministry of Education. She retired from service in 1996, and went on to publish books under the name Esha Joshi. Her notable works include The Jewel in the Case and Other Stories’ Spindrift: Poems,Sanctuary, poems, etc.
VENKATACHALAM IRAI ANBU
An IAS officer, V Irai Anbu is a prolific writer who has authored 83 books in both Tamil and English. A civil servant with a difference, encompassing a sensitive and spiritual approach with integrity, Mr. Anbu is a philanthropist as well and a person India can truly be proud of.
In the IAS for 28 years, this super lady quit her job in 2008 after being treated like an untouchable, with the realisation that Dalits have no place in nation building. She has more than 8 books to her credit, with her debut In The Grip of Change questioning patriarchy in the Dalit movement.
The first woman from Tamil Nadu to become an IPS and beginning her police career as the Assistant Superintendent of Police, G. Thilakavathi published her first short story titled Dinakaran in 1987 and has more than 300 short stories along with a number of novels and poems to her credit. She is also a translator for Sahitya Akademi and has won the Sahitya Akademi Award in Tamilian literature for her novel Kalmaran.