Author: Hemashri Hazarika

A Life-Enriching Training

Reading Time: 6 minutesHemashri shares her experience of a training as a bureaucrat that enriched her. She shares her experience, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I was nominated for a training on ‘Good Governance’, in the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. I started preparation for the two-week stay in Gurgaon, in 2011. Just two days […]

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A Friendship Soured

Reading Time: 6 minutesHemashri recounts a painful, real-life experience, in a fictional voice, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Syamoli still wonders whether colleagues could ever be friends! She simply wishes this was true. Friendship with women seems to be a mismatch or maybe it is nature’s curse! Reeta was her dearest colleague. Shyamoli wanted Reeta […]

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The Professor Challenged Me

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat appears rude, crude or too strict to us, during our student days, are perhaps blessings in disguise. Hemashri pays her tribute to one such professor, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. It was my dream to do post-graduation in one of the country’s leading universities in Delhi but fate had something else […]

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Prayers, Process, and Reforms: Some Things do Not Change for Ordinary People

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe state administrative service is rife with arbitrariness and discrimination. Hemashri recounts how her study leave prayer for a higher study to JNU, New Delhi, was not granted, while two other batch mates of hers were allowed relaxation of rules. It will soon be 20 years, the administrative process is yet to dispose of her […]

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Caught Between Files and Life: Diagnosis of a Restless Bureaucrat

Reading Time: 6 minutesHemashri recounts the harrowing incident of a wrong decision by the government, when her father, a mid-level police officer had to face tough times. It took its toll on the family. Her father had to fight several court cases to get his rightful due but it left him with a neurological problem. The cruel apathy […]

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Her Ozymandias and Mine!

Reading Time: 4 minutesOne class by a teacher was so different. Hemashri talks about her daughter’s and her experiences of studying Ozymandias, three decades away, from their respective teachers and the stark differences. She finds real-life Ozymandias in government offices, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. It was another session of PTM but the same old […]

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Toilet Trauma: Do Indian Women have the Right to Pee With Dignity?

Reading Time: 6 minutesThere are no proper women’s toilets at public places. Will it sound very odd if we start an agitation for proper lady’s toilet, now? We live in a world where women may be raped, molested right after her birth up to any age. Dignity, decency, care, kindness, concern, love need to be taught to the […]

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Of Midnight Knocks, Uncouth and Lecherous Men

Reading Time: 7 minutesA midnight knock in a Circuit House had scared Hemashri. She was about to raise an alarm to punish the drunkard. But, other incidents crowded her mind. She tells us how a young lady officer had to deal with lecherous and uncouth men, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. A midnight knock perhaps […]

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Sugar and Spice but Everything is not so Nice!

Reading Time: 4 minutesHemashri shares two experiences that speak volumes about the work environment in a government office, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Even retirement age for Supreme Court Judges is 65 years in India.This 70-year-old man retired in 2007 but engaged in a Government agency. He would come and deliver his lecture and give […]

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Will Things Ever Change for a Girl?

Reading Time: 5 minutesHere’s a case study of Maya (name changed), her trials and tribulations, in office and at her in-law’s place. Hemashri takes a hard look at the life of this girl and reflects on the plight of her ilk, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. The sweet young girl is very simple without any […]

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