When business journos set up as authors, you can expect solid stories. Where Tamal Bandyopadhyay (A Bank for the Buck: The new bank movement and the untold story of the making of India’s most valued bank, published by Jaico) and Parthasarathi Swami (Boar in Boots: A Business Travelogue, Fortytwo Bookz Galaxy) score is in making these business stories on HDFC Bank and 20 years of India’s liberalisation, respectively, eminently readable—though both books would have done far better with a liberal application of a blue pencil.

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