The Incredible banker, 300 Pages, Rupa Publications, Rs 195
The book follows the story through two periods, 2009 – the present and 2007 – the time where it all began. It is the story of soaring aspirations, competition, one-up-man-ship and the underlying politicking at GB2, an international Bank in India. Deepak, the protagonist is identified to steer the organizational systems and processes that seemed to have lagged behind in the frenzy to achieve scale and volumes. A career star performer, the new-found authority does not go well with Deepak and he starts using his influence and power to settle personal scores – the primary recipient of his ire being Karan, another bright young star for the bank.
What follows is a series of crafty manipulations and motivated liaisons that results in Karan's ousting from the Bank. The author also weaves in traces of the Naxal movement to the story which eventually converge into the climax that threatens the banks credibility and its very existence in the country.
The book is a realistic portrayal of office politics and the resultant alliances and the story manages to keep the reader engaged till the very end. In fact it is only in the last few pages that the suspense completely unfolds and I must admit that it wasn’t exactly predictable. The author has done well to keep Deepak - the protagonist, real with shades of black, white and grey. The language is simple and the read breezy. The only shortcoming is that in patches the book becomes technical and specific to the banking industry which might hamper its appeal to the readers who feign ignorance to the world of Banks and Financial Institutions.
Net-net, an interesting read and value for money – Recommended (Highly, if you have anything to do with the Indian Banking Sector)