What are the opportunities and challenges that face a young probationer in the Indian Administrative Services? What does it feel like to be in the midst of developments that have shaped the post-Independence history of our nation? Former Union Home Secretary and Governor of Arunachal Pradesh R.D Pradhan’s account of his 40 year journey from Metcalfe House to Arunachal Raj Bhavan gives us an insider’s view of events and personalities from Jawaharlal Nehru to Narasimha Rao, from the Indo-China war of 1962 to the Assam Accord signed in 1985. Pradhan’s reminiscences will educate readers about the transition of India’s administration from colonial times to the demanding and diverse present. His varied experience results in creating a narrative that illuminates the core issues and personalities in India’s and Maharashtra’s political economy, while it covers sojourns that have strengthened India’s role in the international arena. ‘Beyond Expectations’ is sure to surpass the expectations of readers seeking a slice of India’s history, whether as aspirants for the civil services, or chroniclers of how roadblocks to India’s governance have been overcome.