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‘Life in the IAS’ review: a peek into Haryana’s corridors of power

IAS officer Ram Varma’s book is a voyeuristic glimpse into the tribulations forced on the people of Haryana by politicians whom they repeatedly elected. ‘Life in the IAS: My Encounters with the Three Lals of Haryana’ is a strangely honest read. It never claims to be anything more than it is – the memoirs of Ram Varma, a man who enjoyed wielding power and privilege. “I felt like Akbar…” as an entry-level SDM “relaxing on the wide terrace of his palace at Fatehpur Sikri, listening to music and washing down kebabs with draughts of palace wine”. The book takes the reader close to the lives of those corrupted by the money and land they “stole” from the people, lived lives of intrigue, self-preservation, and the promotion of family. The ego of the politician and the bureaucrat often clash throughout the book, but are quickly subsumed by the next phase of mutual exploitation....

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