27 years have since passed!On 26th August, 1989, the young student attended his B.Tech (Fibre Technology) classes. While returning from the College, he took the decision, he would accept the offer of appointment. Returning home, he told his parents about his decision. His mother cried, his father was feeling guilty, but somehow they accepted his decision. On 27th August, 1989 (Sunday), the young boy and his father took Black Diamond Express for Dhanbad. He went to the Zonal Training School, Eastern Railway, Bhuli and registered himself as a trainee. With effect from 28th August, 1989 (Monday), the young student formally became an employee of Government of India.
Since then, 27 years have passed. The young man left that job, got 3-4 better offers from the Government, accepted one of these offers and is now settled in Delhi. During his 27 years of service, he has learnt how the Government of India functions. Many Officers and Seniors have taught him various nitty-gritty of Govt. functioning. Fortunately he has always developed a rapport with his subordinates. In Government, he got further opportunities to study and completed four Masters Degree (including MBA) and a PG Diploma. He successfully cleared NET in two subjects.
On this day, the earlier young boy, now a middle-aged man approaching forty-nine, expresses deep gratitude to the Officers and staff with whom he has got the opportunity to work during the 27 years of service.
P.S.: Just now a school-friend called the man from Bengaluru. When he heard about 27 years of Govt. Service, he jocularly opined that after 12 years of Govt. Service, people become donkeys. And after 27 years of service, the middle-aged man has definitely become 'double-donkey'! Is the school-friend correct? Who knows!