I received the book, Myself Meena IAS by Dakshita Das as a review copy from Rupa Publications. I would like to thank the publisher for the book. This book is about a girl whose father aspires that she becomes an IAS Officer.
Meena, a young, attractive, fun-loving girl from Bareilly, finds her life in a state of disarray. On the one hand, she is compelled to play the role of a dutiful daughter, living out the ambitions that her father had dreamt for her—being an IAS officer. On the other hand, she remains perpetually confused and bored. Worse, she falls out with her best friend, is unable to sustain long-term friendships and falls in love but struggles to make choices.
Meena is forced to confront a few loaded questions. In blindly following her father’s aspirations, has she missed out on living a life on her own terms? Will she grow to adjust to a new job, and equally, will she be able to work out her romance with her colleague and mentor? Most importantly, will she find herself? Find out in this story of self-discovery and resilience.
Meena, the only daughter of a government doctor and his homemaker wife, is born and brought up in Bareilly. The first words she utters are Myself, Meena IAS. Even though, she has an elder brother but her father has a lot many expectations from her. So, after completing school in Bareilly, she moves to Delhi for her graduation and preparation for the Indian Civil Services.
In Delhi, she meets different kind of people, some studious, some who are there to have fun. She makes friends with the latter only to realize her mistake. After her graduation, she moves in with her brother into his barsaati to prepare for the exams. She makes friends and also finds people who are experienced in appearing for the Civil Services exams and learns from them. During this time, she meets Venkat, an IAS officer who also frequents the canteen as the IAS aspirants and learns a lot from him.
Does she manage to fulfil her father’s dreams?
The story has been written in first person from the point of view of the main protagonist, Meena. The author has taken illustrated Meena’s life from her childhood till after she starts working. She has described Meena’s emotions and feelings very well and I felt that the characters are very realistic.
Most of such books that we read usually revolve around the presentation and the exam but in this book, the author has gone beyond that and also discussed the training and the difficulties faced when on the job.
The language is simple and the flow is good and the author has beautifully described certain scenes that I could actually visualize them. At times, I felt that the author has written about herself through Meena.
A well written book, must read for all IAS aspirants.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.