Oxford 2002

Sunder’s great and unfulfilled wish after retirement was to write. He complained that he got no encouragement from his family, and it is true that he was often teased for writing bureaucratese. Well, he had spent 36 years writing quite literally hundreds of reports, especially during the years he spent in the Public Accounts Committee. Laboriously, meticulously and with exquisite perfection he wrote by hand over sixty voluminous reports in the three years he spent in the Parliament secretariat. Once he acquired a portable typewriter he typed them with the same kind of attention to detail. It was understood that once he had completed a note or a file entry or a report, it never required any further editing. Writing e-mail began to liberate him from the clipped, formal style of his official reports. We include here a few pieces of his writing, mainly related to his travels.