If God was a Banker (by R.Subramanian, IIM-B alumnus and working for over a decade with NYB).. the first book I finished in one sitting!
Its a book that takes you through the banking scenario in India (from a high-flying foreign bank’s perspective). Through the conservative 80s to the emerging 90s to the swash buckling dawn of the new millennium …
Read the book! I am not bent on screwing your fun 🙂
The kinky show
The excessive sleaze show in the initial part of the book sort of keeps any hormones–functioning boy hooked! But it also gets you wondering whether such skin-depicting travesty was necessary!
But think a little beyond the initial impression. And then it strikes! The banking couch ( analogous to the casting couch in filmdom ) is what I would call it. For instance, a junior banker sleeping with the boss because of
- fear of his power ‘n’ position
- charisma (he’s rich , handsome , classy, promotions-giving and the super-stud ! )
depiction of how the current dynamic generation of India is a perfect example of closet-capitalism !
The banking and business
Showcases Indians dominate scenarios where no-brainers are a strict no-no! Be it in India or abroad
Also highlights the fact that slow and steady wins the race. The flashy super studly,aggressive , “dude” gets clobbered in the end while the cautious, calm and “uncle”-like guy comes on top.
Of course , the generalization in being extremely cautious or extremely aggressive in banking are debatable though.
A literature guy would hate it for the preference of depiction of context over unnecessary description of scenes.
All in all , a good-but-not brilliant book. A capitalistic bitch would love it for portraying her tenacity in using shady means to rise. A good girl would love it for the strong pro-woman stance towards the climax. A banker would love it for reflecting his kind of life. A lay-man would love it for the sheer simplicity and straight-forwardness of language. (Dan Brown like detailing is avoided deliberately). An IIM-B student would worship it because its from one of their successful alum.
ps: Next stop … Jerusalem’s Lot by Stephen King . Re4ading this book is to be done strictly at night in order to create the aura of the horror thriller it is supposed to be