“If God was a Banker” by Ravi Subramanian is his first book which was published in 2007. It is about two young management graduates, Sundeep Srivastava and Swaminathan, from different family backgrounds, who join the New York International Bank as Management Trainees on the same day and choose two different paths to success.
The book begins with a stressed out Sundeep sitting awake the whole night, waiting for the next day to come so that he can know what his future will be in the bank. The story moves back and forth between the present and the flashback, as Sundeep recalls his time in the bank.
After winning the Director’s Gold Medal for Best All Round Performance in the Batch of 1986 at IIM, Bangalore, Sundeep says, “I play to win and not only for the spirit of the game.” He typifies the aspiring middle class in the country. He is money minded and does not mind stealing other’s ideas so as to climb the ladder of success. He leaves his morals behind, cheats on his wife, his customers and his bank.
Swami is a meritorious student from IIM, Ahmedabad and was acknowledged as the brain of the campus. He belongs to Chennai and had won a full waiver of the tuition fees. He belongs to a family of modest means. He is an introvert and an idealist. He wants to succeed but wants to do it with honesty and integrity. His family matters most to him.
Kalpana, is also from IIM, Bangalore, belongs to Mumbai and is the only child of a Rajasthani business family. She falls in love with Swami and they get married and she quits her job.
Aditya Rao is their first boss and has a reputation of being a tough boss. He later leaves the bank to open a BPO of his own.
Natasha, his secretary, is an attractive young woman. She falls for Sundeep, on the rebound, and he marries her. They have two children.
The author’s writing style is easy and simple. The book is fast paced and a page turner. The book delves into the deep secrets of the corporate world which is unknown to the common man. The book shows how people can stoop so low to succeed and at the same time, also that honesty always wins.
The characters have been introduced very well. Reading the book, I could guess the name of the bank.
Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Rupa Publications