A career civil servant, Robin Gupta has had the unique distinction of serving in four Indian provinces-Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab-apart from a long period of deputation with the Central Government. He has travelled far and wide across the country and the world and, with an active role in India’s governance and politics, he has observed it grow and change over the last four decades. In turn philosophical, sensitive and laced with gentle humour, this is a book that provides the reader with a window into that evolution of India, and the part played by civil servants in its advancement.
From attending lavish parties at exclusive clubs, to working in isolation in farflung, impoverished corners of India; from dealing with the complexities of bureaucracy, to his contributions to policy-making and development; from encountering both brilliance and apathy in men and women, to the satisfaction of being able to help one’s fellow citizens-Robin Gupta documents his experiences with candour, warmth and a deep appreciation of the absurdities of the human condition. Lucid and poignant, And What Remains in the End is not only an account of a rich life but also a portrait of a country in motion and a testament to those who dedicated their lives to serving their nation.