Editorial Reviews. About the Author. B. Raman joined the Indian Police Service in and The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace. A.S. Dulat. The Kaoboys & R&AW: Down Memory Lane [B. Raman] on The book is indeed a memoir from the eyes of an ex-raw intelligence professional. THE KAOBOYS OF R&AW: DOWN MEMORYLANE BY B. RAMAN DOWNLOAD EBOOK: THE KAOBOYS OF R&AW: DOWN MEMORY LANE BY.

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Audible Download Audio Books. Content very specific to Indians and I doubt if non-Indians could relate to any part of this book. He worked as a security advisor to both Indira and Rajiv Gandhi. He was a member of the special task force appointed by the government od to revamp the intelligence apparatus and a member of the National Security Advisory Board.

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I mean, the raa has done more for this country than I can ever imagine, he has earned friendships and loyalties which I can only fantasize about, etc. Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free.

Sometime in the late 50s he was sent to Ghana to help the then government of prime minister Kwame Nkrumah set up an intelligence and security organisation there. Get to Know Us. He resigned quietly and kept out of the public eye. A well meaning book by a practitioner of intelligence profession.

None of the flashy forewords we see in other books. He has not mentioned any intelligence trade-crafts or any operational aspect of his work. Like the time a lady got drunk and introduced to a big crowd or who he really was! Retrieved 14 May Please Email the Editor.


This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It discusses about the agency’s successes, failures, lack of man management, attitude of permissiveness which led to rise of moles, functioning under different governments. He counted the scramble for talent as one of the issues that looms the largest — globally and in India — over organisations in the private and public sector.

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The Kaoboys & R&AW: Down Memory Lane

Feb 12, Hrishikesh rated it really liked it. The book begins with flashback to him being positioned in Burma when he had joined IB. Raman goes into considerable detail about the days and weeks leading up to the asssassination of Indira Gandhi. He certainly has no flair for writing which is also a reason I found a bit too stretched while completing the book.

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Visit our Help Pages. Raman is unapologetic about his admiration for Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and to some measure for Chandrasekhar and P. He says he had the negotiations secretly recorded and spent endless hours transcribing them. Nice insights into the intelligence world.

I liked that, not the loyalty part but about being honest and open about it. Kaobyos skeletons in the closet are more about misgivings rather than haunting.

Kashmir the Vajpayee Years. Retrieved from ” https: Functioning of agency under different Prime Minister provides valuable inputs while evaluating performance of various Prime Ministers in terms of dealing with rww and internal security problems.

And, yet so shy of talking about himself, his accomplishments and his friends. To that end, Raman insists that the lack of help provided to Sikhs abroad on the same lines that Israel provides to Jews also helped build up support for Khalistan. Pathankot, Surgical Strikes and More. May 06, Bharat rated it really liked it. The amount of literature available on Indian intelligence community is limited compared to the huge info available on agencies like Mossad, CIA and KGB.


Raman has written extensively on Indian security matters for a while now, as well as being a guest on numerous TV debates on the subject.

A Kao-boy till the end

He then chose to pursue a master’s degree in English Literature at Allahabad University. National security intelligence, History, politics all through the lenses of an RAW official. May 06, Tim rated it really liked it. Maybe good for people who just want to read how bureaucracy and politics work in spy agency in India. Forgive me for digressing; On to the review of the book then. Retrieved kaogoys August Overall, an interesting book, though feels like a drag in bits.

Kao took classes in Law in Allahabad University but left when he joined the Indian Imperial Police in after passing a competitive examination. This article is closed for comments.

Kao, for a while, took up a job in a cigarette company floated by Pt. Just a page of very subdued praises, that’s all. But Raman kaaoboys that though the RAW chiefs appointed by every successive governments were remarkably upright individuals, they seemed to turn a blind eye, or were outright ineffective, kkaoboys dealing with these matters.