In this book, Mohanty gives his perceptive reflections on various governance and policy issues that he handled during his working life that stretched over some forty odd years; many of these issues continue to be of contemporary relevance. Additionally, there are fascinating descriptions of the social, cultural and institutional milieu in which he lived and worked both inside and outside his home country.
Nilmadhab Mohanty was educated at the Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and the Allahabad University in India and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. He was a career civil servant and worked in several public agencies at the local, regional, national and international levels. Mohanty has also authored the book, Political Economy of Mining in India, which was published in 2017.