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Bankers’ Game by Ashutosh Mishra – Book Review

  • Author: Ashutosh Mishra
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Jaico Publishing House (21 January 2020)
  • Language: English



The good days are over on Dalal Street and the past comes to haunt those who didn’t play it by the book. Rekha, Amit, Satya and their boss, Nitin, struggle to maintain their sanity in the dynamic world of office politics, fuelled by their mad drive for the high life. Unfortunately, the skills needed to survive this fast-paced corporate maze are not taught at B-schools. Follow these bankers as they navigate choppy financial markets at work and volatile personal lives, maneuvering through aggressive competition and covert deals—bosses stealing credit, subordinates thrown to the wolves for “greater good”, sexual transgressions and booze-filled nights. To add to the mayhem, a sudden crash in the global markets sends their lives into a tailspin, testing their strength of character. Who will win and who will lose? Who will stay and who will quit?

Book Review (1)

We have heard stories or seen the employees of Indian banks having a 9-5 job. We see banking as a sophisticated, respectable, and enviable job position. But what about those sitting in the posh cabins of global banks? What about the investment banks that play with money, power, politics, and lust, of course! Well, here we have a book which gropes in the filth of corporate culture and brings to us the dirty reality.

Bankers’ Game by Ashutosh Mishra is a contemporary fiction novel focussing on the top global banks and their insider stories. With the three schmucks and two top professionals, the book is definitely a thrilling eye-opener. It speaks to us about what goes into a woman stepping onto the ladder of professional success while a man stays in the same place. Although this particular description sounded to be biased as it does put women in a bad light, I couldn’t deny it completely as similar stories have been doing rounds forever. The story explicitly portrays the daily happenings of an investment bank, its employees, and takes it closer to reality unabashedly. The crispness of the language makes it even more easy to engage with the story. The themes of greed, lust, and redemption are put well into the plot. Taking the blunders of the banking system into account, the story delivers a lesson of taking calculated risks.

What I particularly liked was the smart development of the plot, right from the start. The well-sketched characters seem lively with their flaws and misgivings. The writing is polished and precise with no beating around the bush. The pace is maintained steady and doesn’t let you stop flipping the pages. The sub-plots along with the central plot are clearly explained and their seamless description is evident. Split into small chapters, the story would pull you right inside and you’d be forced to see through the glam and glitz of the corporate houses. Although towards the end I found the complex narration a bit overwhelming, I ended up liking the overall presentation of the book that has been designed and executed pretty well.

If you like contemporary fiction especially concentrating on the business world with a thrill, you might as well pick this one. It definitely makes up for an entertaining read.


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