Sunday, November 25, 2012

Return to India - A Memoir






Title: Return to India - A Memoir
Author: Shoba Narayan
Author's webpage: Indicates where the book is available

Overview of the book as provided on Blogadda


In this intimate and remarkably candid memoir, Shoba Narayan, the author of Monsoon Diary, records her dilemma-ridden life as an immigrant straddling two cultures. What follows is a poignant story about love, family, identity and her search for a place to call home.

From the thrill of being a naive newcomer in America, to becoming a proud US citizen, to grappling with immigrant parenting challenges, she offers an intense yet humorous insight into the shared dream of the Indian diaspora to return to their homeland.

And as the countdown begins to her family’s relocation to India, she shows how the journey back can be more complicated than anyone imagines. Vivid and eloquent, Return to India is a powerful reflection on a country lost, and then found, by a writer of exceptional talent.

Return to India is a heartfelt memoir about what it means to be an immigrant in a foreign country , the challenges and joys of experiencing life there and the powerful feelings that compel the diaspora to return to their homeland.
The book is more than just about one person’s immigrant experience; it’s a bigger narrative is about family, love, friends, life choices and all that which makes coming back ‘home’ worthwhile.
In today’s day and age when outsourcing and H-1B Visas have become buzz words of popular culture, the book will strike a chord with numerous readers, especially those who have lived abroad—and those who aspire to.


My views:



This book, or at least the earlier part of this memoir, is set in the era when the American way of life – including consumerism, had not yet crept into Indian society, when one did not have much choice when it came to cars, or for that matter toothpaste or chocolates or when the only telephone you could possess was the black one (for which there was a long waiting list) and you had to actually dial and not punch the numbers.

Thus, the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a multitude of Disney characters, Archie comics, James Bond, all made America seem a dream land, at least for Shoba Narayan who was growing up in Madras (now called Chennai) in South India.

American also meant freedom, it was a land where people recognised the need for personal space and could express themselves without being berated by their elders. Just like Shoba Narayan, who has penned her memoir – Return to India, many youngsters from all corners of India dreamt of going there for further studies never to return. Students found jobs, obtained a green card, or took the oath and became US citizens and settled within the comfort zone of American Indian societies or if they were a tad adventurous married a foreigner (generally an Amercian).

What I liked best about the memoir of the entire journey (almost twenty years were spent in America) was the sheer honesty – the good, the bad, the ugly, all experiences and her own behaviour were honestly portrayed.
Going to America was Shoba Narayan’s childhood dream and her mother once poured a bucket full of cold water over her head, as she – then only a child - insisted in the dead of the night that she would go to America (by pouring cold water her mother tried to exorcise her of this desire). Her orthodox family hailing from the Tamil-Brahamin community (a high caste community of South India) were hell bent against her going overseas, but she and her next door neighbour, Vicky (who was almost a brother to her) planned and plotted for their independence – which they felt was possible only if they went to America.

Years later, a fully paid scholarship, where financial support was guaranteed by Mary Jacob, dean for international students at Mount Holyoke, as distant relatives in this dream land did not step up and visa officials insisted on the guarantee despite the scholarship, made Shoba’s dream come true.

She talks of her first crush, Zahid whom she met at the serpentine queue outside the US Counsulate office, as they stood nervously for a visa. She actually brought him home for a cup of tea, springing further fears that America would transform her and perhaps she would end up marrying outside her caste.

Yet she, Vicky, Zahid, and Midnight (another acquaintance hailing from a rich family) finally made it to this foreign land. Shoba points out how all immigrant students seemed so much lighter as they stepped on American soil and cut their apron strings.

For instance, she had meant to obtain a masters in psychology, but America spurred her to follow her passion and she ended up as a full fledged art major with a specialisation in sculpture (something that in India would be perceived as futile as it would not result in a well paid job). She also learnt to accept diversity and had tons of gay friends, another aspect which would not have gone down well in Indian society – at least back then.

Even as Shoba kept in touch with Vicky and Midnight and on occasion with Zahid, eventually she married Ram, who worked on Wall Street – a meeting between the two was arranged by family acquaintances and the knot was soon tied. Following the birth of her first child, Shoba began to yearn for India.

To inculcate Indian tradition in her young five year old daughter she actually dragged the family to a temple on Sundays, wore a sari day after day for a week, and even tried her level best to enrol her daughter – Rajini in an exclusive India summer camp. This plan flopped as Rajini insisted on a ham sandwich during the interview session which was held at a restaruant. While they had followed a vegetarian diet at home, Rajini just wanted to adopt to the culture of her own American school friends – of course the timing of this demand was so wrong!

Zahid has completely transformed himself and was now called Zaid. His spouse was also American and he preferred to stay far removed from his Indian origins.

Perhaps this or for that matter Rajini adopting Britney Spears as her idol, set alarm bells ringing for Shoba, even as Ram did not want to move back. To illustrate the importance attached by youngsters towards being crowned prom queen or king unsettled her, the formal process of arranging for play-dates was a concept alien in India where kids roamed freely in the neighbourhood and she yearned for such an informal atmosphere that India could provide. Post the birth of their second daughter, with ageing parents in India, even Ram was inclined to move back. He sought a transfer to the emerging markets division of his investment bank, moved to Singapore and then finally they made it to India.

The author loved her life in America, her American friends and her Indian-American friends. But as she pertinently points out in one paragraph: If there was a way to combine America’s public volunteerism (that shone during 9/11) with India’s private hospitality (where even unwelcome guests are made to feel welcome), that would be paradise indeed. But such a place doesn't exist, for if it did, others would have discovered it by now.

It is a well written book and I loved reading it. But today the scenario has changed. Youngsters in India are more vocal and expressive and know exactly what they want to achieve in life. Further, today, several American’s want to work in India, to have the India experience on their resume; India is more liberalised, more accepting. Barring a few sectors, 100% foreign investment is freely permitted and many American companies such as GE, Sun, Microsoft have 100% subsidiaries in India. The retail sector is opening up in India, Starbucks has just set up shop a few weeks ago in Mumbai and is set to expand. McDonalds has existed here almost forever as has Coca-Cola.

America is now looking at Indian students for its Universities overseas, so as to earn more revenue (sadly one may not see another Mary Jacob – nor the generous scholarships that were once available to foreign students). Tighter immigration laws and more opportunities back home in India will also ensure that these students return to their mother-land.



About the author:

Shoba Narayan is a noted memoir writer and columnist based in Bangalore. She has won the MFK Fisher award for Distinguished Writing and was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Her first book, Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes was published in 2004 to wide international acclaim.

She writes a weekly column, ‘The Good Life’, for Mint Lounge and contributes features to Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek and The Financial Times.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pompomberry House










Title: Pompomberry House
Author: Rosen Trevithick
Author's website: Click here
Available on Amazon (including Kindle) and other sites

Gist of the book as available on GoodReads:

A writer's retreat seemed the perfect chance for Dee Whittaker to take her mind off her marital difficulties.

However, she meets five of the most hideous writers ever to have mastered a QWERTY keyboard, and her problems quickly multiply. Things escalate further when the handyman winds up dead.

After fleeing from the island, Dee attempts to get her life back on track but begins to notice that something strange is going on. The stories written on the island are coming true and hers is next - complete with a murder.

Her estranged husband makes an unlikely sidekick as the two of them try to stop the literary copycat killing an innocent woman.

Packed with topical references, Pompomberry House provides a satirical look at the emerging world of indie publishing.


My views:

Over the past one year or so, I’ve been interacting with Indies a lot. Be it via GoodReads – or rather various discussion groups in GoodReads, on LinkedIn groups or email interactions while agreeing to review or god forbid – not review their books.

Fortunately, most of the Indies I’ve interacted with are kind, generous, creative souls, willing to learn from each other and share their knowledge. Only a few whom I encountered had the most pompous egos ever seen and a critical pin-prick could have them shoot from their chair up in the air like a wailing balloon, designed to screech as it soars upward and slowly deflates.

Dee, the main protagonist in this book and an Indie to boot, is not as lucky as I am. Hoping to run off from a chaotic personal life – rather a jobless, careless husband who refuses to grow up, she heads off to a writer’s retreat pretty much in the middle of no-where. If being glared at and mocked at by evil sea-gulls wasn’t enough, she finds herself surrounded by larger than life whackos, who presumably are gathered here to let their creative juices flow and pen an anthology.

If Dee hasn’t read their book – she just isn’t well read, if Dee doesn’t lust for one of them – well something must be wrong with her. The book is dripping with humour and is an enjoyable satire on Indies, it is replete with fearsome critics and Kindle book review groupies.

Dee is one of the first arrivals at Pompomberry House, where the retreat is being held. She anxiously waits for others to arrive and lustful, well presented Annabel, who has splashed her photograph all over the cover of her book is the first Indie she meets. Her claim to fame? ‘Falling for Flately’ is a number one best seller. “It got to the top of Welsh contemporary romantic suspense fiction priced at under two pounds for three hours.” When Dee asks what the book is about, she learns it is about a girl who falls for a man called Flately. The twist in the story – Flately is her boss. “Otherwise it would be so boring,” explains Annabel. The others arrive, some of them, like the handsome Rafe prefer to make a grand entrance - each of them, Dee included, are well-conceived characters bursting with Indie pride.

They settle down and the workshop begins. Each of them pulls out a piece of paper from a hat stating something about someone in the group. Predictably, they have to guess who that person is. Dee picks up a chit that reads: I die tomorrow! Biff, the care-taker dies. Dee flees from the island, even as the others decide to hush up this murder. Unfortunately the police do not believe her.

The wild carnival ride continues, as the stories in the anthology begin to come true (Dee’s contribution was published without her knowledge and is in first draft, but let me not digress). So, a pig jumps over a cliff (it is rescued), a marriage is staged for a garden gnome with a China doll, a human foot is washed ashore and Dee gasps as she realises the story she had contributed is about a murder! There are darker stories contained in this anthology, will these also come true? Will the murderer stop at nothing, just to prop up the book sales of this anthology (and yes, sales are shooting up). The only person Dee can turn to is her estranged husband – Gareth.

The author in this well written satire spares no one, not the egoistic Indie writers, nor the self-acclaimed critics (some of whom live to criticise), nor the overzealous forum members. Adding an element of whodunit provided the right measure of spice. An enthralling read, but my Indie friends (and that goes for me – perhaps a wanna be Indie author) do need to have the ability to laugh at some hard truths cleverly captured in these pages.

I would say it is a must read for all Indies, or at least for those who have a sense of humor. Non-Indies will also enjoy this book.

INTERVIEW WITH ROSEN TREVITHICK

1) What inspired you to write this satire? How have majority of the Indie authors who have read your book reacted?

Like you, I’ve experienced a lot of interaction with Indie authors, particularly in forums. As you point out in your review, most self-published authors are pretty gentle, but we do have our flaws. I could see that those flaws were ripe for mockery.

Interestingly enough, Indie authors, reviewers, and the types ridiculed in the book, have enjoyed it the most. Perhaps because they can easily relate to the characters and recognise traits belonging to people they know or even themselves. Feedback from people who aren’t in publishing has been more mixed.

2) Who is your favourite character in this book?


It’s so difficult to choose. I think Dee is probably the most tolerable but she really is the best of a bad lot. Rafe Maddocks was very enjoyable to write.

3) Where do you think the Indie scene is headed? What would be your advice to an aspiring Indie author?

Thanks to the rise of Kindles and other e-Readers, as well as the introduction of low-risk print-on-demand services, it had never been easier to self-publish. With so many ‘big names’ having risen to success without the backing of a main stream publisher, the public are really beginning to recognise that talent and a publishing deal are not synonymous. This means that, as more and more talented Indies hit the headlines, readers will become increasingly willing to take a chance on books by other Indies.

My advice to aspiring authors is to maintain faith in your work, no matter how many knockbacks you get. Keep up to date with new developments in technology and promotional opportunities. Network with other authors and readers and always keep your cool, even if you meet an Enid Kibbler.(Note: Enid Kibbler was the critic in this book who tore apart each book and every Indie author on review forums)

4) Which book are you working on right now?


I’ve just sent a copy of my new novella to Text Mender for proofreading. It will be published just before Christmas and will be available exclusively to Kindle. It’s a much more serious book than Pompomberry House, exemplifying my other favourite genre : psychological fiction.



Source of the photographs: Downloaded from Flickr and used as per the terms of Creative Commons License

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Being awarded the Sunshine Award and passing it on




Normally, I shy away from awards, but when the lovely A.K. Andrew, nominated me for the Sunshine Awards, I took the plunge. I also wanted to share some of my favourite blogs.

A.K, as she is called, in our LinkedIn group, which is where I first met her, currently lives in Brighton in England and is busy penning a book - Under the Bed. It is her second novel and it juxtaposes the changing political climate of 1969 and 1950s Mccarthyism via Izzie, a young artist in NYC East Village and Midge, a wealthy, but broken middle-aged woman.

This book explores how how an individual’s lack of control over their fate can be in the hands of the government, even a generation apart. But ultimately the fight for survival and coming to terms with past mistakes is up to the individual. You can learn more about the book here

And before I forget of course, you must visit AK's blog


THE SUNSHINE AWARD


“The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!”

I've tweaked the rules slightly. Don't fret, I am answering the questions about myself, but for now, I am selecting six of my favourite bloggers - others will follow.

I have also not nominated anyone from our LI group, but nominated others so that our LI group can visit some of my favourite blogs, which perhaps they haven't visited earlier.

ANSWERS ABOUT MYSELF


1. Favourite Time of the Year?


I live in Mumbai, a coastal city, and one of the world's most crowded cities. I love Mumbai, but the weather can be hot and humid and of course we have our long drawn out monsoon season (we can't do without the monsoon) but the traffic snarls aren't exactly enjoyable. I would say December is my favourite time of the year, it is the only time when there is a slight nip in the air. Tourists throng Mumbai during this time, the daily wage earners, right from the coconut vendor on the beach to the 'victoria' - horse drawn carriage driver near the Gateway of India, do brisk business and there is a spark of joy all around.

2.Favorite Festive movie?


Festivals are becoming increasingly commercialised, be it Diwali or Xmas. I would not term it as a festive movie, but Charlie Brown's Christmas is so touching. Linus rocks.

3. What is your passion


Making a tiny difference. By analysing policies and how they impact you and me, and what can be done, I hope to make a tiny difference. So yes, my other passion writing gels in well with the passion to make a tiny difference. I also love collecting story books for children. You can see details of the school, to which books can be sent on the side bar. I grew up on a diet of story books and I think all children deserve story books.

4. Favourite colour

I have two favourite colours, purple and white

5. Favourite time of the day

Well, I love the coolness and quietness of the night. I am an owl and work best at night.

6. Favourite flower


Wildflowers that I suddenly chance upon are my favourites. You find them growing against all odds, clinging to the sides of the busy road. That said, I also love daisies and sunflowers - they seem to have smiling faces.

7. Favourite non-alcoholic beverage

Pure and fresh, coconut water.

8. Favourite physical activity

Jogging or brisk walking by the sea shore. I love running on sand.

9. Favourite vacation

I love unplanned vacations. Just packing some things in a rucksack and taking off. I don't have a favourite vacation, but enjoy all my trips.

I leave you with some photographs taken by me in Mumbai over the past few years.

AND I NOMINATE THE FOLLOWING FOR THE SUNSHINE AWARDS

1) Annie of Blissful Bohemian


Annie inspires me a lot. She never gave up on her dream of being an artist. I've watched her over the years and her paintings are today even more beautiful. What is more she loves animals and nature, just like I do. Unfortunately I live in the city, so when I need a refreshing
change, I stop by Annie's blog. So can you.

2) Dilip Naidu

Dilip Sir, as I prefer to call him, is a blogger whom I've met in person. A LinkedIn recommendation cites Brigadier Dilip Naidu as being an officer and a gentleman and after having met him, I could not agree more. He has also been awarded the Vishist Seva Medal for rendering distinguished service to the Army. A retired vet, he now moulds young minds and teaches leadership at two institutions in Pune. His students are extremely lucky.

3) Relyn of Come Sit by my fire

Relyn is a school teacher. Her love for teaching and for her students come shining through her blog posts. She loves beauty, is an amazing photographer and has an amazing family. Do drop by and soak in her beautiful posts

4) Marianne Elliott

I deeply admire Marianne. It is people like her who renew my faith in humanity. She has served in the United Nations mission in Afghanistan and is focused on human rights and gender issues. You also need to check out her awesome book - Zen under Fire, Penguin, NZ, 2012. Back home in New Zealand, she teaches yoga online and continues to be a human rights activist in various fora.

5)Jules and her small stones blog

Jules and I first interacted when she came across my blog post seeking books for under privileged children in a school in Bangalore, South India. We have been in touch since then. Jules is extremely perceptive, and vividly captures everything through her 'small stones', which you will find on her blog.

6) Destination Infinity

And last but not the least, I'd like to nominate Rajesh K of Destination Infinity. Rajesh through his blog brings alive his city Chennai in South India and much more.

I look forward to these nominees passing on the awards.










Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Living Room









Title: The Living Room - A Novel of Life, Dealth, Love - and Miracles



Author: Bill Rolfe
Book Trailer: Click here
Author's website (also indicates where the book is available): Click here

Book summary (Back cover): When success and even love are not enough, you need a miracle…
Daniel Clay has good looks, money, and a rising career as a New York investment advisor. Meanwhile, his personal life is barren of love and family. But when a distant relative dies and leaves him a house in England, Daniel embarks on a life-changing journey—toward love and his soul’s awakening.
He meets and falls in love with Claire, a children’s palliative care nurse. With her help, he opens his home and heart to comfort young patients in their final days. As Claire tends to the children in a beautiful glassed-in room overlooking the sea, Daniel prays for miracles. Just when his prayers are answered, a mysterious illness strikes him down and relentlessly drains away his life. With no hope for a cure, Daniel holds fast to a deep secret that he can never reveal. And now, he needs a miracle of his own.


My views:


I believe in miracles and I do believe that sincere prayers can result in miracles – I’ve personally witnessed this, yet at the same time, I don’t exactly believe in dreams, I rarely have dreams.
So when I learnt that this book was based on dream that the author, Bill Rolfe had and in the dream he was asked to write this book, I was a bit skeptical.
Having read the book, I am so glad that I took up the author’s request for a book review. The main protagonist of the book – Daniel Clay, has worked hard to make his way up the corporate ladder at an investment firm in New York. He works tirelessly days and nights almost all days of the week and has been nominated for partnership.

His mentor and senior partner in this investment firm, Art Rothschild, tells him to concentrate on a personal life as well. Daniel respects Art, but getting a personal life, a life partner seems to be Daniel’s biggest challenge. Things suddenly change...

An attorney has been calling Daniel’s office persistently about a personal matter, a deceased Uncle in England, whom Daniel never even knew of. For the first time in several years, Daniel takes time off to visit England to see his newly inherited house and sell it off.

He could not have imagined what life had in store. The house, has a loving warm aura and one room in particular, with a splendid view is extra special. In the course of carrying out minor repairs around the house, so as to make it more saleable, Daniel injures himself, meets Claire, a palliative children’s nurse. They date and she makes a strange request.

This ‘healing room’ becomes a guest room for the terminally ill children. One of the first guests dies, Daniel is unable to bear the pain and becomes the receptacle for miracles, but at a great personal cost. Claire, who has by now fallen in love with Daniel needs a miracle of her own. I will not act as a spoil sport and tell you what happens.

This book is very well written, it does not deal nor refer to any religion and is more grounded on spirituality; it flows flawlessly and is a book of hope, love and miracles.

I also appreciate that all of the author's proceeds from this book will be going directly to charities that help children with life threatening illnesses and their families, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


INTERVIEW WITH BILL ROLFE


1) You have mentioned that it was a dream that prompted you to write this book. Post this dream have you become more aware of miracles around you?

I have definitely become more aware of the miracles that happen around me since having the dream. Even just little things at the times when you really need them in life.

2) The power of prayer, comes shining through in this book. What advice would you like to give someone who doesn't believe in a supreme power (say an atheist?)

I think the only advice I could give would be to just go with what's in your heart. I don't think people like to be preached to, I know I wouldn't either. All I can say is it is nice to have someone or something to speak with or pray towards at times in your life when you really need it. I have also found that showing gratitude for the things I have has been a good practice for me.

3) I understand the sale proceeds of this book will go to charity. Can you share some light on which charity you support and why?

Right now my first goal is to try and support the Make A Wish Foundation. They help to grant wishes to children who are battling against life-threatening medical conditions. Ultimately, I hope to sponsor a wish child if I'm able to in the future.


The story behind the book: Late one night back in July 2002, I fell asleep and had a dream. It was unlike any dream I had before, or since. It was like watching an extended movie, and it ended with instructions for me in the rolling credits. I awoke in shock and glanced at the clock next to my bed, only to discover what seemed like hours of sleep had only been a few minutes.

I got up, sat at my desk and spent the rest of the night writing everything down. Never having written anything before, I took the next few weeks to follow the instructions from the dream – share the story in a novel. After a few months of being inspired by the story, but at the same time feeling overwhelmed with the project, I put it away. However, I couldn't forget it.
Now, after more than nine years of struggling with the process and battling against my own self-doubt, I’m ready to share the story.
The Living Room was my dream.


Source of the photograph: Downloaded from Flickr and used as per the terms of the Creative Commons License

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Bankster

Title of the book: The Bankster
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Author's website which includes details of where the book is available: Ravi Subramanian


Gist of the book as available on the author's website:


Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thinks, till a series of murders threaten to destroy the reputation that the Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) has built over the years. Who is behind these killings, and what is their motive?

When Karan Panjabi, press reporter and ex-banker, digs deeper, he realizes that he has stumbled upon a global conspiracy with far reaching ramifications—a secret that could not only destroy the bank but also cast a shadow on the entire nation. With only thirty-six hours at his disposal, he must fight the clock and trust no one if he is to stay alive and uncover the truth.


My views:


Ravi Subramanian, is actually a banker, but he prefers to call himself the John Grishman of banking. With books revolving around life in the banking industry such as The Incredible Banker, If God was a Banker and Devil in Pinstripes, I guess he can term himself that. After all, bankers are also good marketeers. :D

THE plot is layered and multi-dimensional, yet interlinked. What is more, the plot deals with real life incidents, but in a fictional setting, this is what makes the book very interesting. In fact, on reading the book, I began to wonder whether many of the so-called activists do have a hidden agenda. In this case, poor Krishna Menon became a pawn in their hands and all that he wanted was safety for the residents around the proposed nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu State, especially after the major accident in Fukushima, Japan. It was the so called activist – the local do-gooder who was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, not only was he fronting for countries like USA and Germany which were apprehensive of India setting up this plant but at the same time was also in league with Israel for sale of arms and ammunition.

Caught up, either knowingly or unknowingly, in the entire racket of blood diamonds, money laundering, political games are the people working in Greater Boston Global Bank. One wonders who is the master mind, is it smooth talking top management guy - Vikram Bhal or is his name being mis-used?

Zinaida, the new kid (albeit sexy kid) in the retail banking block grabs a huge account, an account which sends alarm bells ringing in the minds of the internal fraud controller Raymond, but who will listen to him? After all, Zinaida, the relationship manager in the Bandra branch, was recommended by Vikram, or so everyone thinks. The alarm bells are ignored, Harishta, the committed senior relationship manager at the same branch is sidelined, and decides to go to Vienna for a vacation with her husband where she and her husband meet an untimely death – a vehicle accident. Raymond is found hanging at the pier in Sewri with a suicide note in his pocket. And let us not forget the very first ‘so called hit and run case’ where another employee had been killed.

In walks Karan Panjabi, a journalist with a leading daily newspaper and a former employee of this bank, he manages to bull-doze his way into the cabin of Indrani, the bank head, who has paid no heed to the incessant phone calls made to her by Raymond. In fact, she had denied him access and not picked up a single call.

Fearing a media backlash, she seeks Karan’s help to unravel the truth which he does with aplomb. The jigsaw pieces begin to fall together, the accidental deaths are now confirmed as murder. Finally the real culprit at Greater Boston Global Bank is identified.

The book was a thrilling page turner.



Author's bio:


Ravi has worked with various multinational banks (Citibank, ANZ Grindlays Bank and HSBC) for over 18 years. As a result of his extensive background in foreign banks, writing about banking comes quite naturally to him. He currently lives in Mumbai with his biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his daughter Anusha.

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