Chapter Five

Quest for Balance


Vienna came into my life like many other capitals in which I served, without warning. Buenos Aires was suggested for me first, but it made little sense. I knew no Spanish and had no experience of Latin America. Moreover, I was keen on a multilateral post. Neither New York nor Geneva was immediately available and, therefore, I asked for Vienna. The combination of bilateral and multilateral work that Vienna offered was attractive, and I was particularly fascinated by the idea of being the governor for India on the Board of the IAEA.

The usual hiccups of a chain of postings followed. Yogesh Tiwari, whom I was to replace in Vienna, was not keen to go to Cairo, where he was posted, and he told me quite categorically ...

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