Sunday, 5 May 2013




So when your interview gets published by the Guardian, clearly there is some interest - but what I couldn't predict or entirely comprehend was the sheer reach and global audience of the article, which of course did wonders for my blog readership. Over the last 3 days, my blog views have gone up by more than 400%, of course, when you initially measure it from a base of barely 20 readers, it does seem like a lot !! What was more interesting to see the page views came from all over the world - from Haiti to Taiwan, either those poor souls accidentally clicked on the link, quickly got bored and decided to leave or they actually dedicated some precious moments of their life to reading my words - for which I would like to thank them for. 

For all those who have expressed an interest in this blog, it is heartening. The scale of  global banking has ensured that not only is there a commonality between banking professionals across the world but also a common thread of experiences which ties us all together. 

I will continue to write about my experiences on the other side of the banking world and other sundry life events. However, it would be interesting to hear other M&A and other banking related experiences across the world. A lot of what I write is tongue-in-cheek - so it would be great to hear experiences in the same vein!

One thing that warrants to be said is that even though I left the world of investment banking happily enough -  I really did meet some interesting characters which led to this blog! Clearly - those muses for inspiration are no longer there - so here is to meeting some more of the same .... err... or maybe not ;) ! 

10 comments:

  1. Hi, as a female analyst I found your blog hilarious! Feel free to message me!

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  2. Oh thank you! That is great to hear... Hopefully, you endure less than I did, unfortunately I am aware as an analyst - some experiences can be pretty painful!

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  3. Hello! You do not know how happy I am to read this blog! You have perfectly summarized the life of an I-banker (or rather the lack of it!). I am myself in an investment bank claiming to be an equity research analyst aka filling numbers in excel!

    Hope to see more posts from you! How about a daily :)

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  4. I would like to know how did you manage to quit this "well-paying" job to find something you actually like doing. I am myself evaluating the worth of all the hours I have put into Excel.

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  5. @Dejavu - Thank you for reading my blog! I will try and be more regular now but a daily - wow! I wish I could get there.... and regarding - finding a new job, it took a lot of hunting and it isnt all a bed of roses, but then again there isnt a perfect job I think .... I still dont know if this is it!

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    1. What bothers me is the fact that everyone assumes you to be working 14-16 hours daily in Investment Banking. Sometimes I think whether has anyone thought of making this job any less stressful? I know it will be tough but has anyone even made an effort?

      I am working in a back office role i.e. supporting my main analyst. Everyone tells me working in a back office is frustrating - Front office is where the real action happens. My experience in the back office has been so underwhelming that now I do not even want to go the front office. I just cannot see myself making presentations all my life.

      I have been thinking of what I want to do in life - what makes me happy. Damn it is a tough question to find an answer for.

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  6. Damn! Loved your blog but made me feel miserable. I quit something I loved three years ago (football) to go all in my career aspirations. After few years of trying I finally managed to land M&A SA position this summer in a BB here in London. All thoughts are if there will be headcount for me to grab onto and how I can prepare in order to perform.
    But after reading all of your posts... It makes me wonder... Is it even worth going in there.. I mean, I have many talents and I always wanted to pursue my own business ideas. Maybe that doesn't sound as bad as I thought if what you wrote stands.

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    1. Demorgan - well, the truth is I wish I could say that your experience will be different if u do decide to pursue banking (I hope it is) but likely not! I guess if u do choose to go ahead with the IB path I think then it worth just committing yourself to a year or two- watever your time horizon is - to doing this job and sticking to it without complaints else if u keep weighing your opportunity costs of what else u could be doing with ur time while u sit and do pitchbooks in the middle of night will probably drive u insane!

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  7. Came across your blog via your interview in The Guardian, and I'm glad I did. Superb posts, much of the stuff you have said here sounds so familiar that it seems like we're in the same office. And that's when I am actually in India and there's supposed to be this huge cultural difference and all.

    I work in a boutique PE and also write a blog, Bateman Begins (www.bateman-begins.com). Think of it as an Indian version of M&I. Would love to get your feedback on the same, please see if you can spare some time.

    Looking forward to reading more posts from you!

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  8. Hey ! Thank you for the kind words. ... would be great to read about your experiences from the other side of the world! Uncanny how similar experiences in the financial world .... guess shows to some degree that perhaps this industry attracts ppl of the same temperament!

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