The 'rise and fall are the “Andhrapreneurs” ' reminded me of my first account with a private sector bank. I had always felt uncomfortable with private sector banks. A couple of interactions with their representatives had left me uncomfortable, similar to my comfort level in 5 star hotels, that is, I don't belong there.
On an impulse, I walked into the branch of Global Trust Bank in Panaji. I needed a demat account and they were on the list given me by the share broker. I was very surprised.
- It was clean and pleasant.
- It was tech savvy.
- The person was genuinely helpful.
- I felt at ease.
Even after the bank was taken over by Oriental Bank, these branches continued nearly as before. I believe part of the reason must be that the working environment in these branches was much better than in one of the original Oriental Bank branches I visited.
I miss the absence of GTB and wonder
- what if election funding was far more transparent in India?
- what if we got rid of the 'First Past the Post' elections given the multiplicity of parties and interests they represent?