I am a fast reader but a terribly distracted human being. I know that I’d rub my eyes, scratch my ears, make coffee, check out Amazon, doodle some cacti and indulge in another dozen distractions before I complete typing out this review. So, if I read a book in a single sitting, without lifting my head, and that too on a screen, you can be assured the book is excellent. That was my experience with ‘The Day Money Died’.
About a year back, I read the first story written by Percy Wadiwala on his blog. From that day onwards, I constantly trouble him to supply something freshly written. Since I’ve read and reread all that was on offer on his blog, you can understand my craving. Finally, one fine day, it was wonderful to be greeted with the news that Percy Wadiwala has put out his first book. I bought it on Kindle and relished it immediately.
I am already acquainted with the DCTMR Bank and the myriad characters that populate it. That’s another credit to Percy – apart from enticing us with simple and elegant prose, he has the capacity to introduce us to many characters in his stories without overwhelming us, while at the same time he makes sure we care deeply about them.
‘The Day Money Died’ takes us behind the corridors of the banking community and gives us a glimpse of the kinds of fraudulent activities that bank employees are capable of. In simple terms, devoid of corporate jargon, Percy Wadiwala takes us on a voyage where we meet a dishonest employee attempting to pull off a scam in the wake of demonetization and the reactions of the others surrounding him. It is surprising that the book comes out just weeks before two of the biggest banking scams hit the Indian markets. The book throws light on the chaos and turbulence that stalked the country right after demonetization.
When you reach the end of the book, you are reluctant to let go of the characters. You want to know more about what happens to them after this fiasco. For instance, I was worried about Nisha Sethia and wanted to see her off safe and happy. However, it appears that I’ll have to wait for the second part of this series before I can heave a sigh of relief.
So, if you want to read about some everyday characters in a corporate bank during one of the most turbulent times in our country, and if you want to read that in simple and stunning prose, with a plot that will catch and keep your attention until you complete the story, this is a book you should not miss.
Read an interview with Percy Wadiwala