Devil in Pinstripes is an interesting story that offers a behind the scenes look at the operating system of banking and financial institutions. The author, Ravi Subramanian is a career banker who offers great insight into the world of monetary organizations through this tale of hard work, perseverance and ambition. Contrarily, this is also a tale of power struggles, politics and dirty deeds to make a rise to the top.
Anyone who has read the author’s previous book If God Was A Banker, will agree that there is a lot of similarity in between the two books. Both the stories are based on banking institutions and the characters at times almost feel ‘borrowed’ from the author’s first success. However, one has to also bear in mind that the author himself is an IIM Bangalore alumni who has had extensive experience in this field. That being said, I still wish that Mr. Subramanian was a little bit more adventurous to be able to bet his bottom dollar on something other than a mid-day version of the Financial Times. This of course, is not at all due to the lack of strength or flow in the storyline, but rather because of the extremely interesting narrative.
Written in a past-present-past fashion; the events in the characters’ lives take the story into a flashback which add up and lead to the current events. In spite of this past-present mode which the story follows, Subramanian keeps the story intact and glued together throughout.
The entire plot seems simple enough. Amit an ambitious MBA, lands into an MNC bank. A big job and big pay package help him to get married very soon. As he starts a new life with his wife Chanda, a biotechnologist who ends up working as a banker, Amit finds himself surrounded by plots, politics and dirty scams which must necessarily be realized in order to survive the world he has chosen. What follows is a naked, shameless peep offered by the author into the world of MNC banking. A story about corporate fraud, corporate in-house power struggles, and the dirty world of office politics where people would not think twice before stabbing someone in the back.
This is more than just a novel. Not only would it make a great read for every professional, especially those working in MNC’s, these 279 pages will explain very clearly and show by example rather than theory, something that a lot of other books cannot. The story of Amit and his dream will tell how office politics are played and how dirty they can get and how to tackle them; it exposes the rampant corporate frauds committed by banking companies and their executives and why they are continuing to do so each day. This is a thriller novel with a giant corporate fraud at the end of it, a book which will quietly reinforce what each of us dreads is true… that corruption does indeed start from the top.