By TAPAS DEY | April 29, 2018
Time zones-or having different time zones in a vast and diverse country like India- had been of abiding interest to Tripura’s former and longest serving chief secretary V. Thualisidasa who headed the state’s executive as top administrator for long eight years between 1995 and 2003. This had a lot to do with Thulasidasa’s personal experience as a young IAS officer proceeding to his maiden place of posting in Tripura. He had to spend the night in a rest room at Dum Dum airport in Calcutta and he had duly alerted the attendant to wake him up sharp at 7-30 AM . Thulasidas wake up on his own next morning to searing sunlight seeping through the glass panes of windows and doors and at once concluded that he had missed the morning flight to Agartala. He had called out to the attendant and when the poor fellow turned up he was about to chide him severely for failure to wake him up at time .