What a time for a transfer!
He had not collected even a tenth of the money he had invested in getting this posting, not to talk of saving anything. And so, Kamalakant Varma, who is called Bara Sahib in the office, was downcast, and was in the process of discussing with his specially chosen juniors and subordinates, behind closed doors, the transfer order which a messenger from the Head Office had handed to him just now.
In this state, transfer orders in the bureaucracy were on auction anyway: there could be a change in the order several times in course of a day!
Like other government offices, in this one too, whether work was done or not, politicking was quite rampant. Thousands of years ago, Kautilya had defined the relationship between politics and spying, and this office here believed in it too, with full faith. Unlike the state intelligence agencies, secret information here were not produced from newspaper clippings, but were rather obtained with great labour, and therefore had often some worth in them.
— from the book