Story of my father

In my book ‘Spy from Unaula’, I tried to take a large part of history between India and Pakistan as a backdrop. For most of the older people who have lived through those times it would certainly be a reminder of what they saw and faced in their time, but for most of the younger population who was born much later and have little understanding of the situation of partition and the three wars between the two nations that were once one.

The Spy‘Spy From Unaula’ attempts to bring interesting historical facts alive through the main character Ramchandra, who was my father. My thought was to give a balanced view of the true history between the two nations that most of the young generation may not know. However one question always troubled me; Did my father actually killed while discharging his duty for the country?

I tried asking my father several times that did he really kill someone in the line of duty? He always avoided and never gave straight answers, but did not even say no. I knew that he used to get very disturbed several times for unknown reasons. It was clear that there were more secrets hidden in him than I could ever know.

When in good mood and if we could ever get time to discuss, he would touch upon the incidents I described in the book, but as I had few details. He spoke vividly about Bangladesh, the interrogation of the war prisoners and the smart Pakistani pilot and his radio intercepts that amused him a lot. In some cases, drunk Pakistani officers would unleash torrent of abuses on their men on slightest provocation and in other, they would talk fairy tales of their success to their superiors when in war with India. All these things amused him a lot and he enjoyed telling these stories.

He avoided the details to avoid probing questions. Few things were evident though. He did very risky work for a job when he was young and most of the work he did lay buried deep inside him that never came out. When he was nearing his last, his started getting paranoid about the fact that someone will come with intent to kill him and we should lock the door properly. We asked him several times as to why anyone will harm him if he never harmed anyone. His answer was always one ‘You don’t know my past and what my duties made me do’. I only saw my father in peaceful time and had no idea whatsoever about nature of his job, but when I completed the book, I could rope in a fair amount of truth that probably was hidden inside him. I am sure, if I would have known all, it would have been very interesting to put it all on paper. I however feel that it is better to bury off few things forever and I will live with whatever understanding I could gather about my father and believe that to be true. My father is no more. He was a very ordinary and insignificant person in a big system, but he too had a story. Spy from Unalua is the story of my father and that will remain his story forever.

Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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  1. Pragya says:

    This article makes ‘Spy From Unaula’ a curious read for me! When can we have our hands on the book?

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