Writing: The narration is in simple English and regular vocabulary.
Story: The story is about a man named Thobias Mathai, who is born in Marcardia to a poor farmer family, gets educated and starts working in a bank called ‘Smile Bank’. But when he couldn’t take anymore of the politics and nepotism of the bank, he resigns and moves to USA. two decades later he is diagnosed with lung cancer and decides to return to his native place to spend his last days. But on his return he finds that Smile Bank has a fraudulent case filed against him and he had to go under an investigation procedure.
The story starts with Thobias learning about his disease and returning to his native place. He reminisces about his early life, his relationship with his father and friends. Then he is pulled into the bank investigation and story moves to Thobias’ life in the bank. During his last days he meets his old colleagues and learned things he never knew about the bank. But the last chapter didn’t impress me where worms talk about the human life.
To me, Marcardia sounded absolutely Indian, specifically sounded like the peninsular area of India. Whoever works in a bank can easily relate to the life of a banker depicted in the book. As I too had been a part of the banking system, many aspects of the story seemed familiar. How junior officers are manipulated and many a times coerced into certain situations, promised one thing but given something else, hard workers made to work harder and so on.