I was right, the book does score in terms of its uniqueness. It is not typically like a GRE/GMAT/CAT guide but aims to make the reader learn new words and improve his/her vocabulary through experiences drawn from the author's life. Each and every experience is humorously portrayed and contains difficult words with a glossary below to explain their meanings. While I can't say that I am overly fond of the footnotes as it does hamper the reading a bit, they do help you when you are stuck with the meaning of a particular word. He explains them beautifully in the footnotes with detailed explanations of the usage of the word in sentences.
The book tells us the tale of a man who was once a tongue-tied boy in his school and now a successfully English speaking banker. While he faced difficulties at first, his zeal to learn the new language will often leave you inspired. The author also suggests some good methods of learning new words by combining mnemonics and etymology to take a firm grasp of the English language. He stresses that learning by rote is never a good solution as English language is very vague and meanings change along with the usage.
While the book was a good read, the fact that the footnotes hamper your reading flow is a huge concern. The glossary is no doubt useful when there are new words to be learnt but is a major distraction otherwise. While deleting this aspect would make the book lose its charm, I would propose that the author write the story on one-page and reserve the glossary for the other. This would entitle the users to choose when to read the page and when not to thus solving the distraction problem.
This book is a must buy for anyone looking to write the competitive exams like GRE/GMAT/CAT as it is way different from the available vocabulary books like Norman Lewis. While many people have tried to write study books which are entertaining yet informative, Mr. Gupta has actually made it happen through this book.
Bytes and Banter Verdict : A Piece Of Art - 4/5