The Financial Expert

Sat 24 September 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When does scarcity of money hurt the most? When you see it's grace showered on the undeserved. This is the premise of "The Financial Expert", yet another masterpiece from RK Narayan.

Margayya is a petty service agent who helps villagers extract loans from a co-operative society bank. One day, he is obstructed by the secretary of the bank and this infuriates him and resolves to become rich and show the secretary his place.

After a series of misadventures, Margayya finally becomes rich. Still yearning for more he starts a new business which not only brings in money but also turmoil.

Only few writers can deal with sensitive topics like pain and personal setbacks with a sense of humour and RK Narayan has successfully delivered on that count.