Author: Jaswinder Singh

The Quest for Integrity

Book Blurb:

A noble, accomplished man named Purshottam Gill is chosen to replace the latest in a line of negligent managers at the Amlawar branch of India’s nationalized bank. As he attempts to improve the branch’s performance and raise employee morale, he becomes hindered by corrupt trade union officials, politicians, and even some of the bank’s senior officers. He soon discovers that top union leaders control not just the bank, but the politics of his country, causing its citizens to live under fear and great hardships.

Having come from a life of poverty and disease, Neki Lal, the union leader for Purshottam’s bank, values money and success above all else. Viewing Purshottam’s integrity as a threat, Neki begins a deceptive and corrupt campaign to try and intimidate Purshottam and remove him from his position at the bank. And Purshottam’s loyal employees have no choice but to follow the union directive.

As Neki Lal and his supporters begin to take over the branch, deception and manipulation reign supreme in a battle of good and evil that will forever change the lives of everyone involved.

A riveting tale of power and corruption, The Quest for Integrity is a thought-provoking and inspiring story that illustrates the importance of dignity, morality, and social responsibility.

My Review:

What happens when integrity meets politics? In this day and age of corruption, how important is it to remain ethical?

The Quest for Integrity highlights a need for a social change, as well as the attitudes that we have towards our work in general, especially in Government Sectors, or the industries whose employees are heavily influenced by Trade Unions.

Initially, the trade unions were formed to protect the interests of the employees. But then, they have become almost mafia-esque, who believe in letting people be paid, even if they do not perform on the job.

The best part of this book, was when the new manager, Purshottam Gill, is called to his welcoming party. Two people from the trade union come in and try to threaten him to do as they say. The way Purshottam Gill handles them was a delight. I almost found myself clapping hands at his responses.

The story writing is crisp and the language used is quite simple, yet effective.

Although fiction, I believe this book is for slightly serious reader. Those who love the generic love stories or light books, might not like this book. Whereas those who have any kind of contact with the banking sector, would really enjoy reading it.