Book review | Dalal’s Street by Anurag Tripathi

Author: Anurag Tripathi 

Genre: Crime Thriller, Suspense 

No. of pages: 212

Published on: 6th September 2019

Published by: Niyogi Books 

Format: Flexibound

My rating: ★★★★☆

A group of young Indian business School graduates are attracted to jobs in a high paying trading company. This batch of hardworking, intelligent and ambitious friends is focused on success in the fast paced, hyper competitive world of stockbroking where greed, use of cunning and wealth are the stepping stones to survival and success. The survivors are the winners.

A financial thriller of dark humour where friends become competitors in their struggle for survival, threat lies in every wry smile and superfast action to tip the scales of finance and fortunes in a bid to achieve quick wins is the order of the day. 

Dalal’s Street explores the complex interplay of human relationships in a world ruled by the rise and fall of share prices and etches out the emergence of the protagonist through a test by fire.

The book traces the story of four young friends - Varun, Anil, Pooja and Devika, joining an investment firm called TBB Limited. They join the firm with high hopes about their future but it turns out to be a nightmare. The CEO of the firm - Sunny, is concerned about nothing but money and even if it comes to duping the comment men who invests in shares of the company, he won't stop at it. As time passes, Varun realizes that the company is more corrupted than it seems. And when life-threatening situations come across his and Anil's way, Varun has to bring a stop to this hell. 

Dalal's Street is a fast-paced thriller that revolves around the world of investment banking, shares and trade and everything revolving around money. This is the kind of thriller that readers who are truly stoked about trade and money would really like and immensely enjoy. 

Since I know zilch about investments and shares, my take on this book is unjustifiable. The book posed as too technical for me. I wanted to explore the relationships between the four friends. But the author focused more on the technical aspects in the book. I had to refer to google to certain concepts of economics to understand the plot better. What I specifically loved about the book is it's honesty and truthfulness. The author brings out the bad and rotten side of this industry. The author used all of these to churn out a fast-paced revenge thriller. 

The only thing I felt was missing from the book is that the author did not delve much into the interpersonal relationship of the characters. It was there but I found it very shallow. I would have preferred if the relationships progressd along with the story. 

I really liked the author's narration style. Very straight forward, yet explanative in its unique way. There is a glossary of explanation for some of the terms at the end of the book, making it an easier read. The climax scenes made a major impact in the book. 

Anurag Tripathi is an alumnus of the Indian School of Business with a course in Advanced Creative Writing from The University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education. A keen observer of people and a master raconteur, he draws on his vast reservoir of life experiences. As an erstwhile investment banker, he previously led the retail equity business for a financial company in India. This novel, his second, is a fictionalised no-holds-barred account of what goes on behind the scenes in the financial advisory business in India. However, that still hasn’t deterred him from continuing to invest in the Indian stock markets for the last twenty years. His debut novel on the art market in India was nominated for the Raymond Crossword Book Awards in 2017. Dalal’s Street is his second novel. A member of the Singapore Writer’s Group, Anurag now lives in the ‘Lion City’, along with his wife. Both are keen scuba divers, who like travelling and exploring the worlds lesser known.

I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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