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Rogues Among the Ruins

Achala Moulik (Author)

Rogues Among the Ruins portrays the conflict of civil servants caught between ideals and thirst for success. The novel adopts the style of great masters like Cervantes and Gogol who in search of truth and justice evoke laughter through tears. The first part of the novel Life Among the Ruins is a gripping fictionalised account of the Archaeological Survey of India and the painful predicaments of a dedicated but naïve scholar faced with temptations. His son, a morally neutral civil servant caught in the conflict between power and ideals, chronicles a later era in the second part Romance Among the Ruins. Through tawdry dramas, administrative acrobatics of sycophants and hypocrites, he encounters the reality of powerful men and women who think they rule the country. He further describes his friends and colleagues with sardonic humour, sympathy and respect while taking the reader onto a journey through Glory Road where principles are discarded by the ambitious, where the proud encounter humiliations, where idealists are scorned, and sometimes those with stubborn strength overcome ordeals.

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About the author

Achala Moulik

Achala Moulik was educated in England, USA, and Italy. She obtained a degree in Economics, History and International Law from London University and then joined the IAS. She was Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India, and Education Secretary to the Government of India. A novelist, poet, playwright and cultural historian, Achala has written twenty-one books. She has been Guest Lecturer at the Getty Conservation Institute at USA, has been a member of several UNESCO-ICOMOS committees on heritage, the United States Education Foundation of India, Trustee of the National Book Trust and the Indian Museum.

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Title Rogues Among the Ruins
Author Achala Moulik
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9789389136692
length 312p.