The Bankster- Book Review!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The Bankster - another great book by Ravi Subramanian! I remember I had read his first book - If God was a banker - way back in 2007 and I really loved it, thus when I saw this book I was too excited to read it. Another reason for picking up this book was that the cover page shows The Wall Street Journal called him "the John Grisham of Banking"! :O Now I have to admit that I have not read the rest of his books, and I came to know very recently that he has written three more books, so the John Grisham title quite frankly shocked me! 

Anyway coming back to this book, the story is intertwined with three short stories. The main story deals with a bank - GB2, a bank in Mumbai; and the rest of the happenings take  place at Angola, Kerala, and Vienna forming a mystery. The author shows the story of people at the bank, the politics and dirty business taking place in these organisations, how they unravel the biggest scam just by looking into some faulty bank accounts. Now having zero knowledge in the field of finance and banking operations, I still understood this book completely; this shows how well written the story was and how simply he has explained the concepts of banking. But at some points, I felt that he was dragging the concept way too far or he consider the audience to be pretty dumb. For instance, he has explained the functioning of iCloud and that's perfectly fine as it was required for the climax but he explained it in one-and-half pages! :O And after that, a dumb girl asked him, "Can you please summarize it for me again?" FTW! 

Another problem I had and I don't know if you will agree with me or not, but I really don't like "yaar" written at the end of every sentence in a conversation! Yeah I know some authors do use Italian or Spanish words in between their stories but I think that unless you are showing some character as totally Hindi-speaking, you don't really require to use Hindi phrases in between lines!

Overall its a good mystery novel and the author has done justice to it. And yeah, the "John Grisham" title is suitable only to some extent. I would give this novel a 3.5 out of 5!

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Mere Brother ki Dulhan!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Yay! Finally, the most anticipated marriage of our family took place this Friday. After so many months of shopping, preparations, deciding venues, tasting food, and a lot of chaos and fun, my brother got married to the love of his life. :D 

You all already know about the wedding scenario in a our Punjabi family, thanks to my blog post (link), yet this marriage was strikingly different. It was the completion of the love story of a Punjabi boy and a Telugu girl - like Chetan Bhagat's Two States! Although the differences in customs and traditions continue to prevail, but the union of North and South turned out to be quite fun actually. The girl's side was full of calm and composed people whereas the boy's side had terrorizing energy and would have broken the dance floor if they were not supervised (and the stage as well! :P). I guess the South Indians are a bit reserved and shy people but once they get comfortable with you, they are no less!

Like every true Punjabi wedding, we had - 1. a drunk uncle dancing on ae meri zoharajafi with a glass on their head 2. a sharaab wali gaddi (other than the booze served at the venue :D)  3. naagin dance in the baraat 4. lots of sisters teasing the groom  5. a special performance for the dulha on tennu ghodi kinne chaday bhutni ke. The DJ refused to play such offensive songs and the groom's mom dad's special permission was required to play our family song! I wonder how do they consider these songs as offensive, phew! Anyway, the main highlight of the shaadi, other than me (:P), were the ferre. They were so hilarious because we have known that Panditji since we were born. So we were allowed to chant mantras instead of  him in a fun way, hit the bride and the groom with flowers, interrupt every once in a while to make fun of someone and even sing filmy songs in between. We were doing it so religiously that the calm group thought that all these were the customs and were mandatory to do, so they started taking proper aims to hit the bride and groom with flowers ;)

My body and feet are still aching after three days, so yes, the marriage was great. And yes, I looked so pretty! :) My bhaiya-bhabhi also gifted me a new phone, which is the like the icing on the cake! :D Love you both. Have a great married life! :)

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