I am 24 years old. Right from the time I came into this world until now, my Dad has been my ultimate soldier. The relationship between a father and a daughter is such that he always wants to protect you from the world, and to keep you safe in his kingdom. Whenever I felt unsafe or scared, he was always there to hold my hand and tell me – It will be ok, I promise.
In today’s time, when everyone wants to take advantage of the weaker sex; there are people who prove you wrong. There are people who make you believe in the soldiers who protect women, who respect them and who stand up for them.
There have been many other people who’ve acted as my soldiers. In this blogpost, I’ll narrate an incident about a friend who showed respect towards a prostitute. He was driving through the dark streets while it rained heavily. The lights were dim and the road was not clearly visible. A girl clad in a saree was standing in the middle of the road and he stopped to ask if she needed help. Without uttering a word, the girl sat inside the car and asked him to take her to a hotel. He couldn’t understand why she wanted to go to a hotel instead of going home, but he continued. Suddenly, she started telling him how she still has to earn her money for the day and she has been waiting for too long for a customer. This left him more confused. On the way, he started asking her questions about her life.
He found out that she was a prostitute and was a little surprised. Since he was hungry, he took her to a nearby dhaba. They had dinner and she started telling him about her clients. Those who didn’t respect her but only wanted her body. He felt sad inside but was surprised at the enthusiasm of the girl. He asked her about where she lived and turned the car towards that side. She insisted on taking her to the hotel so she could earn her daily wages, since she had a family to support. He took her to her home instead, and handed her the money. She refused but he said this is the money for your honesty and for your daring attitude. And he left!
This story has left a huge impact on me, ever since I heard it. Such things make me believe that there is a soldier for each one out there. These soldiers just need to wake up and fight the world. These soldiers just need to be reminded about their duty.
I’ve been lucky to encounter soldiers in friends who’ve protected me over the years. The ones who’ve messaged me to ask if I reached home safely, the ones who’ve supported me emotionally when a friend ditched, the ones who’ve respected me when I asked for my space, the ones who’ve supported me in my decisions and the ones who’ve never left me alone even when I was rude to them. A salute to all those people who make me believe that Life is beautiful. That Life is worth the struggle. That Life is worth living.
Before starting the review, let me take a moment and thank Mr. Nirav Sanghavi, the CEO of BlogAdda for giving this amazing opportunity.
BlogAdda had this books Review program open and signed copies of “The Bankster” by Ravi Subramanian were up for a giveaway. The synopsis of the book totally made me all excited since it was a thriller. I signed up for it without much hope since it was my first try at such giveaways. The e-mail that I’d been selected was a surprise and brought a huge smile on my face. Since I was out of town, I started reading this book just few days back and here I am with a review.
The story revolves around 3 plots, each of which is different & unrelated from each other & there is a thrill with each one. The first one being in Ankola, where a cover CIA agent is about to exchange weapons for blood diamonds. The second one in Kerela, where an elderly man will do whatever it takes to fulfill a promise made to a dying son. The third one and the central one in Mumbai, where an international bank calls GB2 (Greater Boston Global Bank) is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees. In between all of them, a reporter and an ex-banker Karan Punjabi makes an entry who digs into the matter and tries to unravel the conspiracy.
Subramanian has brought in light the corporate culture in banks, the jealousy and tactics associated with the industry. The book also expressed how the top-level management manipulates the working of the whole system of the bank. It throws light on how charm can work over experience and how influence works in banks. The author has well captured the working culture of most corporates and presented the real picture in the book.
The language used by the author is pretty simple. There is a usage of Hinglish (Hindi+ English) words but it all makes an interesting read, especially for people with a good understanding of the language. The book unravels the mystery and suspense in due course of time. This is the reason you cannot keep the book down until you finish it. The writing style is pretty interesting and the book gets a bit slow only at some parts, which is manageable. Another interesting thing about the book is it’s Title- Bankster which is a combination of Bank + Gangster, which does make it a hot seller.
I’d definitely recommend this book if you like reading a simple book with lots of suspense and mystery. This book is an honest effort by the author, which comes across while you’re reading the book. The mannerism in which the author writes about 3 plots, totally unrelated, yet in parallel is commendable.
Overall, a good read. A hot read if you’re going on a long journey.