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Bio

Tamal Bandyopadhyay is a columnist, an author and an adviser to a bank.

Known for his weekly column on banking and finance Banker’s Trust, now published in Business Standard. He has authored four books — namely From Lehman to Demonetization: A Decade of Disruptions, Reforms and Misadventures, Bandhan: The Making of a Bank, Sahara: The Untold Story and A Bank for the Buck. All four books have been non-fiction best sellers.

Incidentally, he had to fight a Rs200 crore defamation suit that the Sahara group had slapped on him to stop the publication of the book on shadow banking in India.

A student of English Literature (a postgraduate from the University of Calcutta), Bandyopadhyay began his career in journalism as a trainee journalist with The Times of India, in Mumbai in 1985.

Subsequently, he has worked with four national financial dailies: The Economic Times, Financial Express and Mint, beside Business Standard. The Banker’s Trust column started in February 2007 in the second edition of Mint, an Indian business daily brought out by HT Media Ltd. Bandyopadhyay, a key member of the founding team of the paper, was its Deputy Managing Editor till July 2014 when he gave up his executive role and became a Consulting Editor.

He is currently a Consulting Editor with Business Standard, where he was Deputy Resident Editor in Mumbai before joining Mint.

Currently he is Senior Adviser to Jana Small Finance Bank in Bangalore. He was an adviser at Bandhan Bank Ltd from August 2014 till October 2018.

He is popular for his weekly column on banking and finance called Banker’s Trust which is published every Monday. It dissects, analyses and anticipates major developments in Indian banking and financial sector.

Between April and November 2011, he ran a 32 episode series on Bloomberg India TV, called Banker’s Trust, where senior central bankers, commercial bankers, and economists were interviewed every week.

Bandyopadhyay is a contributor to “The Oxford Companion to Economics in India:, the first comprehensive compendium of short essays, covering a vast range of themes related to Indian economy. He has also written on banking sector reforms in “Making of New India: Transformation Under Modi Government”.

He has also published a book of poems in Bengali Anupam Meenrashi in January 2014.

LinkedIn, the global professional network, nominated Bandyopadhyay as one of the top voices in finance globally for three successive years (2015, 2016 and 2017). In 2018, he has been chosen as one of the top 25 voices in India, across sectors.

Thinkers magazine has listed him one of the top 50 influential minds that have made indeliable contributions in the field of economics and governance in India in 2017.

He is a recipient of Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for commentary and interpretative writing for the year 2016.

He is a frequent speaker in India and overseas on subjects related to banking and finance.

Bandyopadhyay lives in Mumbai with his family and a pet.