When Merin Joseph arrives in uniform, one will only think that she is a senior NCC officer. Merin herself reveals one such incident. The Chief Minister's mass contact programme was going on in Idukki. Merin, who reached there was prevented by the security guard from entering the venue saying the NCC cadets would not be allowed to go near the Chief Minister. Upon seeing this, Policemen rushed to the scene. The security guard's face turned pale and he left after apologising to Merin. However, Merin smiles innocently while narrating this episode.
Merin started talking after informing that she is not fluent in Malayalam and apologised beforehand for having to speak in English. Though Merin was born and brought up in Delhi, she spoke in typical Ranni accent of Pathanamthitta.
This at a time when many struggle to speak Malayalam even though they have been born and brought up in Kerala.
A snowy evening in Munnar. Twenty five year old DySP Merin Joseph is busy in her official work at the DySP office situated on the top of a hill. The plantation workers of Munnar are agitating for increasing their wages. From morning onwards, Merin was there at the agitation venue. Pembilai Orumai activists were treating Merin like a daughter. She came back to her office only in the afternoon.
Malayalees came to know of Merin through controversies. It started with Merin posing for a photograph with Nivin Pauly. Merin complains that some media tormented her unnecessarily.
They are also inflating small issues. Whatever is pleasing to them, they are publishing it in their own way. However, all this will be far from truth many a time, says Merin.
On how she joined civil service
I studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Delhi. After that, I passed out with Gold medal in MA history from St Stephens college. It was while doing PG , that I prepared for the civil services examination, though I didn't study separately for this. I joined the civil services immediately after college.
If a student takes up arts as the main subject, it is being understood that he/she is aiming for the civil service. IPS was given as the second option. Since I passed the examination in the first attempt itself, I didn't attempt to write the examination a second time. IPS is a challenging career where new incidents happen every day, she says.
Merin's father Joseph Abraham works at the Indian Economic service. Now he is the principal advisor at the agriculture department. As her father was a civil service officer, the desire to join the service was generated in her, says Merin.
Her father's family(Punnamoottil) is at Ranni. Later , they relocated to Thiruvananthapuram. However, for the past 35 years they are in Delhi. Merin's Mother is Meena George, a native of Kottayam. Merin says that she was named Merin after her mother. Merin's husband is Chris Abraham of Changanassery, a doctor. After studying at Thiruvananthapuram medical college, Chris Abraham is currently pursuing MD in Psychiatry from Madras Medical college. Their marriage was conducted on February 2015.
Travelling, Reading, Music.
I like Afghan born American writer , Khaled Hosseini, the most. Right now, I am reading Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's 'The last song of Dusk' (Takes the book from the table to show).
As I don't know to read Malayalam, I have not been able to read Basheer, Vijayan, MT and Mukundan. Now I am trying to learn the language.
I love all songs liked by the new generation. There is no Hindi- Malayalam difference in this regard. I travelled all over India as part of IPS training. I also travelled through the districts of Kerala except Kasargod.
While travelling is a craze for Merin, she loves teaching too. Merin says that she would have become a teacher if she had not joined civil service.
This is my first official posting. Many media reported that I was send to Munnar as a punishment. Former DGP Balasubramaniam sir's first posting was in Munnar. I believe that is confidence in my ability that prompted the government to send me to this challenging place.
The police is handling the problems of the plantation sector by deviating from the the usual way. Here, tact is needed. The police have to maintain law and order. I believe I am doing this effectively, says Merin.
Advice to civil service aspirants
One must start preparing while in college itself. I prepared while doing PG. Two years of hard work is sufficient to pass the civil service. There is a civil service atmosphere in Delhi. Whatever books we need, can also be procured easily in Delhi. Now, there are excellent coaching centers in Kerala also. Hard work and perseverance only are needed from the aspirants part, says Merin.