Blurb (as on Goodreads):
On 8 November, when the clock strikes 12, your money will be no good. Somewhere on the India-Nepal Border, a car full of passengers swerves off a highway and plunges into a valley, its trunk full of cash.
In the UK, a Bollywood starlet wins Big Survivor, the most popular reality TV show in the country. In Panama, Central America, a whistle-blower at a law firm brings down billionaires across the globe.
And in India, a new RBI Governor is appointed. Aditya Kesavan is dynamic, charismatic and ambitious. And he’s been handed the reins of the RBI on a platter. His only job: to make sure he doesn’t rock the boat. But, unknown to him, the wheels have begun to turn, as the country heads towards the biggest financial event in modern Indian history.
Governor Kesavan is about to carry out the most brazen act of his life – and, perhaps, his most foolish. Will he be able to pull himself out of the mess he has got into or will he have to surrender to the manipulative forces behind the scenes? Running desperately out of time, the Governor must set things right.
Before you start: Most of the events taking place in this book has been inspired by real-life scenarios. If you are aware of the Indian political scenario, it is important to forget that for a while a let the author proceed with his story.
While you read: The book is very informative and that’s one thing I absolutely loved about it. The author gives us an insight into banking and how the whole process works rather than throwing random terminologies at us. If you are not a fan of such writing, you might not really enjoy the plot.
The plot lacks originality, but it gives the Indian audience exactly what we need- Scandal, controversy, bad decisions by powerful people and a Bollywood actress( she has the potential to single-handedly change the course of a story in India).
While the author created a flawed but charming protagonist, he failed to do justice to his character. The ending was a bummer and totally out of character. It felt unplanned. The author created a thrill throughout the book and highlighted the fact that simple events can lead to major policy changes and the greed for power is way too much.
Don’t Tell the Governor is an informative and thrilling story, that shows us the workings of the RBI and its constant struggle to stay autonomous. This a book where we need to look at the small events rather than the bigger picture.