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Yes Man — New book maps Yes Bank’s rise and fall through the story of Rana Kapoor

‘Yes Man: The Untold Story of Rana Kapoor', written by Pavan C. Lall and published by HarperCollins, will be released on 30 January on ThePrint's e-venue 'SoftCover’.

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New Delhi: Author Pavan C. Lall, in his book ‘Yes Man: The Untold Story of Rana Kapoor’, maps how Yes Bank was born in the year 2004, when ‘India Shining’ was the slogan and the country’s economy was booming.

He also maps Kapoor’s journey from a junior employee at the Bank of America to leading Yes Bank and then his subsequent fall. Lall says Kapoor is “case study in ambition, greed and deceit”.

The book, published by HarperCollins, is due to be released on 30 January on ‘SoftCover’, ThePrint’s e-venue to launch select non-fiction books.

Lall describes the “phenomenal” rise of Yes Bank in the book, and explains how it became the fourth-largest private bank in the country, with approved permissions to operate in Singapore, London and Dubai.

He then turns to the bank’s fall, and writes about the reckless lending and allegations of bribery and corruption doing the rounds. By about March 2020, Yes Bank ran out of money, and customers were unable to get their savings out of their own accounts, leading to the arrest of the bank’s promoter Rana Kapoor. Lall looks at how multiple agencies began a probe, which is still ongoing.

Through Kapoor, Pavan Lall not only traces the banker’s journey but also asks tough questions of the banking system, its regulators, as well as the business environment which led to a point of no return for Yes Bank.

Many have praised Lall for his deep-dive into the Yes Bank story and how he had “brilliantly pieced together how and why a greedy private banker brought the house down”.

Also read: Yes Bank is a zombie, not a model for bailing out more troubled banks

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  1. This is nothing but an exercise to defame, malign and hit a person who can’t defend himself, to say that Rana Kapoor started as a junior employee of BOA is stupidity , everyone starts at the lowest rung of the ladder in any organisation, his rise to be the country head of ANZgrindlay, Rabo Bank and letter start his own bank in collaboration with his brother in law and other partners and after the death of Ashok Kapoor guiding the bank to the position of 4 th number amongst the pvt banks is a huge achievement, all the charges are still to be proved in a court of law , this book is written to malign his reputation by his detractors and enemies

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