Yes, Minister!

Sometime in May-June 1992 I called on Forest Minister  Harishchandra Baxipatra and expressed my desire to go on central deputation. But his reaction was very sharp: “Why do you want to go on…

Captain Of My Soul

My father used to narrate about his boss an incident, which greatly influenced me in childhood. Mr. R K Padhi was Inspector General (IG) of Police in Odisha in the early 1970s. In those days…

End Justifies Means?

In July, 1985, I was posted to Dhenkanal division for my range training and division attachment. On the very first day of joining, I called on the district Collector  Priyabrat Patnaik, an…

Led By Team

During the Personality Test for selection to the India Forest Service (IFS), one of the members on the panel asked me to name 10 trees. I started blurting out Mango, Guava, Jackfruit, etc…