One of the best pieces is a part-satiric look at journalism by V.N. Narayanan. He bemoans the fact that most journalists have forgotten C.P. Scott's maxim: "Comment is free but facts are sacred." His message: journalists are meant to be fountainheads of information, not necessarily reservoirs of knowledge. Naren Vohra analyses how India's civil service acquired its regulatory and developmental ethos, and decries its fall in standards. He narrates how Sardar Patel had failed to get the then district magistrate of Gurgaon transferred out, despite personal appeals to the governor and the viceroy. Contrast this with today's scenario.