I usually buy a book only if some friend recommends it or if it had good reviews. This may not sound a very good way to select books but given the fact that I don’t get much time to read, I wish to spend my time on good books. So the above mentioned criteria has by and large worked for me.However, the book, If God was a Banker was not recommended by any friend and nor do I remember reading any review for this book. I picked this book because it had “Banker” in its tittle and the synopsis at the back of the book was promising enough to force me to buy it.
The author Ravi Subramanian, is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and works in a retail banking unit of a foreign bank. This book promised to be an insider’s account of an International Bank through the journey of two IIM graduates at the top.However, the book failed to impress much. There are a lot of good points though. Ethical Swami beats unethical Sundeep in the long run just as it happens in a Hindi Movie. The narration is also not bad and the author has obiviously used his experience in the banking industry to give a realistic picture of behind the scene scenarios of important decisions and appointments. However a person not from the banking industry, could end up assuming that sleeping with the boss is the only way by which women get promotion, after reading this book. Also, the way by which their love lives have been dealt is not very convincing. The author obiviously wanted to settle them as early as possible so that he can focus on the ethics battle between the two, which is the central theme of this book. The book is obiviously one of the best work in its genre. It is much better than Chetan Bhagat’s One Night at the Call Centre and Abhijit Bhaduri’s Mediocre But Arrogant. The book, obviously written for an Indian audience, would have been much better if the sex scenes were less descriptive. Chetan Bhagat dealt with them in a better way in his books.
To conclude, this book can be read if you have nothing else to read. For those, who liked ON@CC , you will definitely love this book. And the wait for an Indian Monkey Business just got longer.