Friday, 17 January 2014

Devil in Pinstripes





"An Insider's fictionalized account of what goes on in the murky world of corporate politics.."





Author: Ravi Subramanian

Published By: Rupa Publications

ISBN: 978-81-291-1551-5



About the Author:

Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus if IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly excitingly and adrenaline-pumping world of foreign banks in India. It is but natural that his stories are set in the backdrop of a financial services industry. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Dharini, a biotechnologist turned banker, and daughter Anusha.
Devil in Pinstripes is the second book in the trilogy of banking chronicles.


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From The Book:

Through the loves of Chanda and Amit, a starry eyed, ambitious MBA, who joins New York International Bank (NYB), this racy narrative set in the milieu of modern day high pressure competitive banking, walks you through the power packed aisles of New York International Bank and the sharpest of its minds. Join Amit as he blindly follows the Machiavellian plans of his mentor Aditya Bhatnagar, who plays devious power games with almost everyone in his quest for success and fame, outwits and out-thinks Gowri, his arch rival and political maestro par excellence, even as he walks the tight rope in his relationship with Chanda. Are they all Gods of banking or masquerading Devils in Pinstirpes?

My Reviews:

This was my first pick of the ‘Thriller’ genre and to be honest I was not disappointed. The book has a good plot and the suspense is kept till the last keeping the reader curious upto the last page of the book.

The story starts with Rakesh Shrivastava handcuffing Amit Sharma (the protagonist of the story). Then the Author has beautifully described Amit’s past events and the present ongoing incidents simultaneously. This book is all about the things which happens/might happen in a corporate bank or any corporate sector.

The story moves with Chanda (Amit’s wife) leaving her biotechnologist career and joining the banking sector. If not the best, things were going pretty well for the married couple. Then suddenly Aditya (corporate giant and the head of NYB) transfers Chanda to NFS (a financial branch of NYB) to make everything stable between the married couple. But thing went from bad to worse when Amit was transferred to NFS counter question Gowri (dictator of NFS).

The story then builds up describing the clashes between Gowri and Amit and the former being agitated as Amit proved to be a thrown in his one man leadership. So what will happen in the end?? Who will outclass whom?? What was the crime of Amit for being arrested??

All the answers are in the book, read it to know.. (what will be the use if I write everything here).

The book is in a way like the AC signal with ups and downs, somewhere you will feel, ‘wow, what a great plot’ and sometime you will end up throwing it.


On a personal note, I loved the beginning, indeed it was superb but the climax and the ending left me slightly disappointed. At the start, Amit was arrested with a non-bailable warrant and I felt as if he has done a big crime but the ending was pretty weak. No one is arrested for such things. 

P.S. I got this book as a winning prize, in a contest organised by Mr. Yatin Gupta. 

My Rating: 4/5

A good pick if you are looking for a good Thriller book but a Teenager looking for some romantic stuffs should avoid picking it )

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