The Transfer

Vibhuti Narain Rai

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  • Year: 2013

  • Binding: Hardback

  • Publisher: Global Vision Press

  • ISBN No: 9789380707754

Despite the growing presence of multinationals and the ongoing emphasis on work-culture in the corporate world, if the first preference of the Indian middle classes continues to be government service even today, it is largely related to the pleasures of irresponsibility, idleness, graft, bribery and other forms of corruption. So in the last six decades since independence, government service has turned into a synonym of all the above vices. This is how transfers and postings among the services have become an ‘industry’ which is thriving and flourishing among us more than many others, from government offices to the bungalows of politicians in power.
The finer details of this ‘industry’, which only an insider can access, are presented to us by this novel with a satire so trenchant and powerful that we begin to look at our bureaucracy during recent years with something close to despair. A delightful reading as it offers, the reader is compelled to begin asking whither we as a nation are headed.

Vibhuti Narain Rai

Vibhuti Narain Rai, Born 1950, And Educated At Banaras And Allahabad, With A Master’s Degree In English (1971), Formerly Of The Indian Police Service, Is Currently The Vice-Chancellor Of The Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University At Wardha. His Novels, Ghar, Shahar Mein Curfew, Kissa Loktantra, And His Satire Chhatra Neta Ka Roznamcha And Bharatiya Police Have Been Unusually Well-received By The Hindi Reading Public. His Novel Tabadla, Rendered Here In English, Was Awarded Prestigious Indu Sharma Antarrastriya Katha Samman Of London.

Murari Madhusudan Thakur, Born In 1932, Taught English At Several Universities, Was A University Fellow At McMaster In Ontario, Canada And Visiting Professor Of English At Tribhuvan University In Nepal. Early On His Long Standing Teaching Career, He Distinguished Himself As An Acclaimed Translator (Sahitya Akademy Translation Prize, 1999). Notable Among His Translations Are Those Of Tulasidasa’s Vinaya Patrika, Selected Poems Of The Nepali Poet Devkota, And Selected Poems Of Nirala (Sahitya Akademi Publication) Into English As Well As Jean-Paul Sartre’s Childhood Memoirs Les Mots And Tarashankar Bandopadhyaya’s Novel Arogya Niketan Into Maithili.