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Soliloquy of a Small-town Uncivil Servant

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 20th 2019 by Rupa Publications India
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Tanvi Morwani
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soliloquy of a Small-Town Uncivil Servant is an informally written autobiographical memoir of an officer in the civil services.
This is one of those non-fictions that doesn't feel like one until you're specifically told. Like, if I hadn't read the blurb and the foreword and directly started the book, it'd just feel like a story, a fiction written in the first person format.
The language is quite frank and not the kind you'd usually find in books of this genre. That was refreshing.
The author takes
Dipali Gupta
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Book Review : Soliloquy of a Small town uncivil servant By K. K. Srivaastava


This book is an autobiography of author who shares his bundle of memories of his life. He talks about his childhood, his growing up days and before and after life of his dreams come true of being a civil servant.
This book is a journey of author to relive his life through these words so he talks about various things related to his life and his love towards poetry.when I read it is about Gorakhpur where
Camelia Bhaskar
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
It was nice to read. Specially the words chosen are really thoughtful and added depth to the express exact the meaning of authors expression.

His experiences , his comprehension of various mattersoflife and arenas of even hearts ways , his perspective ofthis world through the way he grew up was interesting to know. But as it isa monologue andnon fiction and a soliloquy to a true sense it come out slow paced sometimes but interesting to know what shaped an IAS office along with how his thoughts
Ruchi Patel
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been going for non fiction books lately, and this one caught my attention due to the title. Frankly speaking, I didn’t know the meaning of “Soliloquy” earlier. So I randomly picked this book up. Amd the other thing I read “Uncivil Servant” in the title. I am really fascinated by people who belong to civil services. I cleared one of the public services exam, so I have seen the syllabus of those exams and it’s really on some other level. Even we can’t imagine how tough to prepare for that. ...more
Sonali Dabade
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
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What I was expecting from this book: witty soliloquies of a former civil servant.

What I was not expecting from this book but got anyway: over-flowery language, unnecessary big words, and a confused narrative.

Given that this book had promise, but it fizzled out soon and all there were were thoughts of how the abrupt jumps from topic to topic don't even make sense many-a-times.

There are so many places where big words have been used where simpler words could have done the job. These big words
Shweta Walavalkar
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre- Non Fiction
Publisher- Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd
No of Pages- 208
Format- Paperback
Author- K K Srivastava
The book starts with author reminiscing about how his childhood had been in his hometown of Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh and he does so through a series of narratives which brings out the stark realities of the town with a right touch of sarcasm and humor. While walking down his memory lane, he makes a quest to find his roots and identity through incidents in different stages
Khyati Gautam
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked this semi-autobiographical account of a bureaucrat. It deals with his early days, his struggle at the service, his life, his tryst with writing.
I specifically loved the second half of the book where the language gets poetic and the author's expression comes out really well. His referencing to some great poets was truly engaging.
Ronak Shah
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Soliloquy of a Small-town Uncivil Servant

Nonfiction are the best books to go with.

This is another non fiction book.

Book talk about service exams.

The language is lucid and easy.

This book is for the people who enjoy reading service book and want to do something for nation.
Teenu Vijayan
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Another memoir of a civil servant, we read about his life from childhood spent at Gorakhpur, his errored birth tale , how his religious beliefs were shaped by his parents, his schooling and his relationship with his uncle. Later we get to know about the place he grew up in impacted his life and also about his higher studies and people who influenced him during those times.
It's always nice to read about people who come from humble backgrounds and do well in their life.
I enjoyed reading this one!
Simran Sardana
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Soliloquy of a Small-town Uncivil Servant is an attempt at a memoir that begins with the realization that the narrator has forgotten much of his past. Hence, the acute need to retrieve it. What comes to light is an arduous journey into his past—the circumstances of his birth, his growing up in a small city like Gorakhpur and his rendezvous with life outside of that inhibited milieu as he joins the civil services and moves to other places. Fact and fantasy meld as he recreates his experiences ...more
Audriza Banerjee
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Starting from the cover the book looks really beautiful. The blurb is crisp and sometimes there are drops of nostalgia and gloominess. It is always good to read about civil servants and I was excited to read it too since I'm preparing for the exam. The book is a work of non fiction. The language is lucid and easy to read but the narration is downright flat. There was nothing inspiring nor motivating. I was feeling dragged throughout the book. There are highlights of reality which was nice. The ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Let me say at the very beginning that I have not finished the book yet; I still have about 20 pages left to go, and I'm not sure if I will make it till the end.

What started off as an extremely interesting monologue with terrific writing went downhill so quickly that it took me around three weeks to get through 160+ pages, and there are many reasons for that.

1. I was supremely confused. What is the narrative about? What's the point the author is trying to make? Who are these people mentioned in
Pretty Little Bibliophile
Written in the first-person narrative, Soliloquy of a Small-Town Uncivil Servant is a non-fiction read, that to be honest, reads more like fiction. It is almost a memoir of the author in a quite wordy manner.
With an interesting plotline (if once can call it that), the words are interspersed with quite big and sophisticated words that may intimidate the occasional reader. That is not to say that the voice is not a refreshing one; it is rather frank and underlined with witticisms.
The author has
John  Trident
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Soliloquy of a small town uncivil servant

It's been a while since I last read a book with good writing skills. The language is really good, written with tremendous detail & efforts which can be seen evidently via the presentation of vocabulary used here. Though many find it hard to read or boring considering the topic chosen here. However, it's a balanced thoughtful read.

It talks about the life of a common man who's born in an ordinary place, an ordinary city with an ordinary life. What
Romita Mukherjee
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is a soliloquy in which the author is in conversation with himself. Through this conversation, the author tries to recollect his past, most part of which he has forgotten.
The recollection brings into light the author's journey from a small town of Gorakhpur to different parts of the world.
However, his recollection is a reflection of both facts and fantasy, intertwined into each other, which at a point of time even makes the author question his sanity.
Each chapter of the story forms
Karan Shevale
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
There is something about off beat titles and this is one of those books which got me interested just by the title. Soliloquy of a Small-town Uncivil Servant is a semi-autobiographical account by Mr. Srivastava of his which walks us through the life of a civil servant right from his childhood to the point in life where the author has begun to understand the workings of this world. The book presents vivid explanations of each phase of life while touching upon important social nuances. Soliloquy is ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soliloquy of a small town uncivil servant written by K.K. Srivastava is a semi autobiographical non-fiction catagory book. This book is based on the past experience of his life in Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh. This is much a conversation with himself about his forgotten past.

Small towns of India plays an important role on the social and cultural life of India. This book talks about the cultural transition in the life of small town. Author explained his growing life in Gorakhpur and how the life
gayatri deshmukh
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Mr. Srivastava who hails from a small town called Gorakhpur. This book is like a memoir or an autobiography. Mr. Srivastava has forgotten most of his childhood and so decided to retrieve it through this soliloquy (an act of speaking ones thoughts when by oneself or regardless of any hearers).
He narrates his difficult journey from his birth to growing up and education in a town like Gorakhpur to stepping put from there into the real world when joins the civil services. The
Ankita Dhupar
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book begins with writer thinking back about how his adolescence had been in his old neighborhood of Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh and he does as such through a progression of stories which draws out the obvious substances of the town with a correct pinch of mockery and amusingness. While strolling down his world of fond memories, he makes a mission to discover his underlying foundations and character through episodes in various phases of life; his introduction to the world, youth days, ...more
Enakshi J.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Soliloquy of a Small Town Uncivil Servant is a well-written and honest semi-autobiographical account of Mr Srivastava who hails from Gorakhpur. Crisp language, to-the-point narrative and genuine moments of heartache- all form the crux of the novella. The author carefully cherry-picks the events to highlight what goes into making of an IAS officer. At the same time, he is quite elusive when it comes to talking about the stereotypical behaviour of the people around him. Whether it is about sexism ...more
Moumita Roy
Soliloquy of a small town uncivil servant is a memoir by K.K. Srivastavan. The story starts from narrator's realization that he has forgotten a huge part of his past life. Through this story he tried to recall his memories .

From the prologue we get to know that he has been writing since 1988 .

At the very beginning he took us to his birthplace, and we get to know about his childhood days , his family , schooldays. His experiences in college wasn't exceptional from most of the people. But when he
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it

Soliloquy of a Small-Town Uncivil Servant by K.K. Srivastava is a delightful book…you can get the tinge of humour and satire right from the title itself. The writing continues to tease and entice the reader. The author is also a poet and a literary critic- quite a veritable combination! The book is a memoir of sorts, starting from his childhood in Gorakhpur. The theme of the “small town” pervades the narrative. Indeed, it is reflective of India today, where the so called small towns actually
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
𝑾𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒐 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒆𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒖𝒍𝒕, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒖𝒂𝒍 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒓 𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒔𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒉𝒊𝒔/𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒅𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒂𝒍.

It's an autobiographical-memoir book of a civil service officer which is written informally (if you have read AUTOBIOGRAPHIES you will get the point I am trying to say) almost in a storytelling format. The author shares snippets of his life and along with that, he talks about social
Deepanshi Sharma
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Soliloquy of a small town uncivil servant by K. K. Srivastava.

This is kind of a semi autobiography of a the person who'd forgotten much about his past. K. K. Srivastava is from Gorakhpur, U. P. who in this book, narrated the events which took place - from his childhood till now. The book has 14 chapters which comprises the life of the narrator.
The book is beautifully written and the language is bewitching but a little tough for beginners (they may need dictionary if they want to read this book).
BookClickDeo (Deotima)
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Omkar Borhade
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Soliloquy of a small town uncivil servant is a narration of the authour about his life since his childhood to his adulthood talking about the obstacles he overcame and how the people he met on this journey left a mark on his life. It is a semi-autobiographical work which also uncovers authors view on sex, sensuality, literature, community and the world and talks about his dreams and fantasies as well. It's very interesting to know how a boy from a small town climbs a ladder to reach a post of a ...more
Nikita Jhanglani
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The book's blurb makes you want to read the book asap. What it does not tell you is to have patience.

5 pages into the book and I was ready it to DNF it. In the beginning, the narrative is more philosophical than story-based. However, DNFing doesn't come easy to me. So, I read along.

I'm partly glad I did, because the narrative changes to a story soon after, and it starts to get intriguing too. Characters started coming in and I wanted to see how the story takes shape.

It proceeds well, in terms
Kanwarpal Singh
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This novel is a memoir and something in between an autobiography, of civil servant, This story of him is about his journey from school, college, training days for civil service . Love depression, days with psychiatrist, his Colleagues his professor and friends. But all the above things fall flat because of lot of jumbled anecdotes and digression in between and that make pace of the novel dull, cover is good , if we see it through the point of view of storytelling , this book is not up to the ...more
Rishikumar Thakur
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soliloquy of a Small-town Uncivil Servant by K.K. Srivastava is a semi-autobiography -of the author of this book. The author has penned all the memories he had. Those sweet memories of childhood and how he always wanted to be a civil servant and how he succeeds to make his dream come true. The author portrays his growing days in Gorakhpur.
The author shared his journey through this book beautifully and somewhere readers will surely feel connected. I am totally impressed with the writing style of
Abhishek Goel
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a good and honest attempt by the author to put forth his journey which started from a considerably small Indian town to one of the most elite civil services in the country, the IAAS. It would be tough and unfair to call this book an autobiography as even though it has a lot of anecdotes from the author's personal, the book mainly talks about his service and his views and ideas on various aspects which are rightly different from the patriarchal and orthodox believes and ideologies of the ...more
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