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Raj annoys me.

Analyst training emphasised that the whole experience should be taken more like a marathon rather than a 100 metre sprint. Raj took that advice and threw it in the bin. He's giving Usain Bolt a real run for his money. No pun intended.

Raj and I were hired onto the same team at Major US Bank & Co., London Office. He's my competition and I've never met a harder worker. I thought I was a supreme grafter but until I met him, I know I didn't even know what it meant to work hard.

I can't keep up.

He's in before I get in and for at least the first three days of the week, we leave at the same time. By day three of the week, when I can't do it anymore, Raj is still looking bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Whatever the guy's on, I want some. I don't care if it's illegal.

The associates all love him. The harder they shaft him, the more he seems to like it here. Me? I'm exhausted and struggling to curtail my British sense of sarcasm. It's not winning me any favours.

This makes it all the more surprising that when our team wins a deal with a major Indian Steel Company, our MD assigns me to work on it.

"Bloody colonialist mentality!" is all Raj says.

I land in New Delhi. I get sensory overload.

I don't know whether it's the heat or the stench that hit me first. Either way, it's a shock to the system. This is overlaid with cars hooting and industrial equipment. It's dusty, dirty and overcrowded. The place is what Americans would technically call a sh*t hole.

I've known Raj for six months now but it takes only five minutes in India to actually understand him. The stuff Raj is on, I'll never be able to get a hold of. He's not racing for a bonus: he's running from a place he never wants to live in again. He'll only stop running when he thinks he's ran far enough to never end up here again. That's not going to be for a few years.

Bar none, Indians are the hardest workers you'll find in an investment bank. They are extremely hungry for success. I'm not talking about first and second generation English Indians, I'm mean the authentic ones that have just come off the boat.

A guy like me who grew up in Middle England with all the ModCons of life is running a completely different race. I'm gunning for a probabilistic, increasingly elusive prize - the bonus. Raj, on the other hand, is fleeing the near certainty of hardship. It's not hard to guess who's going to win.

When I return to London, Raj still p-s me off, especially as I'm knocked off the deal and he's put in my place but I know that if I ever start a business, I'm going to staff it with 20 Rajs.

Ben Lincoln is a pseudonym used by an investment banker in London.

AUTHORBen Lincoln Insider Comment
  • kg
    4 October 2012

    Amusing to see all my bobbly heads brethren jumping to "Raj'" defense.

    For crying out loud, you really feel that a country where a lower caste Hindu cant even share a glass of water with the higher one, where female infanticide is the highest in the world, where there are more slums and poverty than ALL of the rest of the world combined (i can go on and on) can truly PROGRESS economically?

    Indians really need to look past their Tendulker and Amitabhs and Bollywood dance and understand that life is not a Bollywood movie. You need leadership, charisma and an understandable English accent to progress globally.

    P.S: I am an Indian btw, but in more touch with ground reality.

  • ni
    2 October 2012

    This is the most stupid and racist article I have ever read..!!!!

  • 36
    21 September 2012

    I just had to comment on this

    THis article just sums up the intellectual level on which the editors of eFinancialCareers are operating at

    How can you publish such *****?

    This is worthy of the daily mail

    Please export it to that tabloid ....... and keep it away from here

    Seriously.... there is nothing else to publish or write about in the world apart from this drivel?? I suggest you close down the publishing section of your website and concentrate just on posting jobs since you clearly cannot operate in the publishing business

  • re
    20 September 2012

    Ben Lincoln is an Arrogant condescending imperialist. Look at this:

    " I ever start a business, I'm going to staff it with 20 Rajs."

    What makes you think that someone who is by far superior to you in the workplace would ever work for you? Chances are Raj would have already started his own business and wouldnt employ a lazy piece of sh*t like you to sweep his floors you dog!

    Dude seriously Raj would pimp you out. As for calling India a Sh*thole dont even go there.. the way things are India and china will surpass you in 20 years for sure.. they will have a productive civilization whilst you will go back to swinging from trees. zip your mouth youre only embarrasing yourself.. but hey thats just advice, you can continue entertaining us till red nose day

  • is
    20 September 2012

    Okay, so to summarise this piece;

    " I know a guy from country X who works really hard, therefore the hardest working people are from country X"


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