21.02.1952 - 12.08.2012
...the most important and interesting segment of the book is Part III which details the acts of valour of some of the Customs officers during the heydays of smuggling in a story-teller fashion. Mr Pande has taken the pain of piecing together even small incidents which went into the making of these heroes of Customs who have become a part of folklore within the Revenue Services.
He is perhaps the only officer in the Department who had refused to accept the cash rewards given by the Department. And it is not as if he was rolling in money. A senior officer told me that long ago Daya came to his house and asked for a small loan for taking his child to the hospital. "How much", asked the senior officer. "Three", said Daya This other officer was also an honest one and he said, "I wouldn't have three thousand at home, but let me see …". Daya said, "not three thousands, but I need three hundreds!" And this when lakhs were languishing in his reward account and just a smile or a squint eye from him would have brought him Crores.