My Life as a Banker

A Life Worth Living

Non-Fiction - Memoir
221 Pages
Reviewed on 01/11/2016
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Author Biography

Brenda Mohammed is a Trinidad and Tobago-based multi -genre writer and former Bank Manager who has written eighteen books to date. She loves to travel and is a fan of photography and art.
After Brenda retired from the Bank she wrote 'My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living."
Brenda believes that if your Life is worth Living it is worth recording.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

The Foreword to Mrs. Brenda C. Mohammed’s My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living has been written by one of her six sisters, Florabelle Lutchman. She describes it as an account of Mrs. Mohammed’s life, and that is exactly what it is. It opens with the author's earliest memories that, incredibly, date prior to her third birthday. The account follows her development from a child, the eighth of ten born to parents of Indian extraction living in Trinidad in the early twentieth century, to the very different world the island and the business of banking had become by the time she retired in 1999. The message throughout is the strength she draws from her belief in God.

My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living is as intriguing as it is inspiring. Mrs. Brenda C. Mohammed succeeds in her aim of showing how much can be achieved with God’s help, and she leads the reader through two very different worlds. One shows the development of Trinidad from a place that relied on lamps for lighting, and fires for heating and cooking, to the world we know today. The second is the fascinating insider story of banking from the very bottom to the top, and its development from the days when everything was done by hand to the computerised system we now take for granted. This book would appeal to readers who enjoy memoirs, insider stories of a different age and different cultures, and anyone looking for confirmation of the strength that can be gained from an upbringing that fosters a belief in God.

Arabella Persaud

By Arabella Persaud on September 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
"My Life as a Banker" is an autobiographical account of the author's experiences during the thirty nine years of her career in the bank. She sets the stage by talking about her childhood and family and how her early experiences shaped her outlook on life.

Throughout her working life the author always showed extreme devotion to her job and was constantly rewarded with praise, exciting new opportunities and challenges, as well as job promotions. She was able to succeed in her chosen career through sheer hard work and determination accompanied by her natural intelligence. Her achievements were always recognized by her superiors and she was rightfully rewarded. She started out as a bank clerk and eventually rose through the ranks assuming various managerial positions.

The author attributes her success to her faith and belief in God. She would pray for wisdom and guidance every time she faced a challenging situation. Whenever she had a problem, she prayed about it and the problem was miraculously solved. She continually speaks of the influence of God in her life and in the life of her family. The strength of her faith helped her to overcome any diversities that entered her life.

This book is important in its portrayal of life in the author's native country, Trinidad, in the latter part of the twentieth century.
It records some historical events through which the author lived. One such event is the takeover of the government by Muslimeens in 1990 and the scare throughout the country. Other significant events are the changes in the banking system and the bank's attitude to its employees throughout the years. In addition, the book shows how a young, determined girl just out of high school was able to have a highly successful career in the area of her choice and live a fulfilling life.

The book describes not only the author's work, but the fabulous vacations she was able to enjoy during her vacation time.
Her vacations always left her refreshed and ready to face new challenges.

Overall, the author views her life in a positive sense and is appreciative of the wonderful times and good luck she has experienced throughout her career. She is grateful for all the good that has occurred in her life and is thankful to God.
The book is written in a clear and easy to read style and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Jane H.

My Life as a Banker is a short memoir of Brenda Mohammed centered around her decision to become a banker and the successful career that followed.

The story begins with her childhood. The reader follows her ups and downs, the highlights and low points of her blessed upbringing.

Mohammed attributes all of her successes to her remarkable faith. Although she faces both moments of joy and moments of tragedy, she maintains an even keel thanking God for His gifts and Mercy.

I enjoyed the book. It was positive and heart-warming

Lisa Kublalsingh

In this book Brenda is real and intense. Its an unforgettable account of the crisis, choices and challenges she faced in her life. Its about facing impossible circumstances, knowing there is a flicker of hope, and realizing that god is closer to you, than your own skin. Great writing with such an interesting premise and structure.

Summer

An interesting life story written in a no nonsense, straightforward manner. A quick, easy read, this engaging memoir provides a glimpse of life few of us have seen. Both history and geography combine with the author's positive outlook to bring her story to life. Most enjoyable.

Mom R.

Don't let the title with the word 'banker' in it fool you into believing this book is for finance professionals only. It is actually the true and inspiring story of one woman's immense faith and family that help shape her into the powerful, yet humble, woman she would become.

Roza Kublalsingh

My Life as a banker '' by Brenda Mohammed was an inspirational journey. The author's faith guided her through tribulations and threatening circumstances, and she rose above them. The way she faced challenges was exemplary, and was reflected by the guidance of her upbringing and her close connection to her family. Roza

Anna Burke

It was amazing
An interesting life story written in a no nonsense, straightforward manner. A quick, easy read, this engaging memoir provides a glimpse of life few of us have seen. Both history and geography combine with the author's positive outlook to bring her story to life. Most enjoyable.

Allan Samuel

An inspiring and interesting memoir that alot of people can relate to. Brenda stated that faith and family ties helped and guided her and everyone can atest to the importance of the combination of faith and family in one's life. This story also focuses on how helps obstacles can be overcome. Truly mind opening.

Brian Samlalsingh

As a former banker who worked with Brenda in Senior positions in the Bank I believe that My Life as a Banker is a true reflection of her life. She has achieved excellence in every aspect of her career and as a family person too. Her book makes excellent reading and deserves the highest rating.I recommend her book to all.

St Augustine Girls High S

Dear Mrs. Mohammed,
The Staff and students of St. Augustine Girls' High School wish to thank you for your generous contribution [ 10 books] of your Memoir, "My Life as a Banker - A Life worth Living." Thus far the reviews of the students and staff who have read the book have been favourable and enthusiastic. The library is looking forward to keeping in contact with you in the future and sharing more of your literary endeavours with our SAGHS community. Once again we appreciate your generosity and interest in our school and for this we offer our heartfelt thanks.
Yours truly,
Joanne Mahadeo
Principal

John Hennessy

For those of us who are not in the banking industry, and for me, especially living in a country where the capital is the financial hub of the country (perhaps the world) you might think a story called My Life As A Banker would be too dry to enjoy.

Author Brenda Mohammed has written quite a few books across different genres. This book is a relatively quick read but readers can be taken along her life's journey as they turn the pages.

I found myself more interested in the 'Life Worth Living' elements of the book. I congratulate her hard work which allowed her to work in the banking industry and get promoted. But I was more interested in the personal side of things, for example how she met her husband (that's an excellent segment of the book) and also attaining her strict father's support for the marriage.

The author's approach to writing this memoir is direct and therefore one imagines this is how she would speak in real life. But the tale is told with such verve and energy, it is an enjoyable book that people will find much to like.

The real life stories contained within are things we can all relate to. Things such as ending up in a great city like Toronto, but being sick at the time and told 'you shouldn't go out then'. But this is not the author's approach to life. If you have read her Travel Memoir With Pictures, you will understand what an accomplished traveller this lady is.

There's some surprisingly gory scenes in the book, tempered by some poignant sadness around certain family members, as well as the central theme of how the author made her living in the banking sector.

It's an interesting and very readable memoir from one of the more creative authors out there.

Hannah Howe

My Life as a Banker
By Fifty Sheds of Books on 7 July 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
My Life As A Banker is a fascinating, intimate story. The author has an engaging writing style that draws you into the story and you feel as though she is talking directly to you, the reader. There is a nice balance between the professional and the personal and while I found the professional aspects rewarding, the highlight for me was reading about the author's interesting life.

The social history aspects of the book also fascinated me, particularly the descriptions of life in Trinidad and I would image that this memoir will serve as an important document for social historians in years to come.

This might sound strange to say about a book with banker in the title, but the author demonstrates quite vividly that there are far more important things than money in life.

Sandy K. Jones

Enjoyed the journey
By sandy k jones on July 17, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
It was interesting to see how banking was in another country than the United States. Being a banker myself, I found it interesting, and could relate to several tasks that are mentioned. I like the way her family was woven through the story.

Serban Enache

This memoir’s style of writing gives the impression that the author is candidly speaking to the reader about her past – her struggles and achievements, the good and the bad. The author’s life was anything but boring, and I reckon her retirement will be just as interesting. Throughout her journeys and challenges, religion was very important to her. Even though I’m an atheist, I very much respect her point of view and beliefs. Her life’s tale is an inspiring read, to men and women alike. And the book ends on a beautiful note of optimism.

A.J.

My Life as a Banker: A Life worth Living is a remarkable story of a woman who attained success in banking and her personal life.
ByA. J.on November 11, 2016
Format: Paperback
Very inspiring and Motivating

I bought a paperback copy of the book at a book launching in Trinidad and just finished reading it. Being a former banker myself, I can relate to everything that she wrote about, except the days when things were done manually. It must have been difficult to work all those late hours for many years and never give up. She did not give up, and her success was well-deserving. This book is an encouragement and example to all. Happy reading.

Asif Khan

A Life worth Living]] is a wonderful story detailing how the author started at a clerical ...
ByAmazon Customer on August 20, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My Life as a Banker: A Life worth Living]] is a wonderful story detailing how the author started at a clerical level and rose to a senior position, solely on the basis of her dedication, hard work and intelligence. Brenda Mohammad describes how the manual work was transformed to computerization, her working at different branches and working relationship with her colleagues Her farewell party from the fellow workers describes how popular she was during her stay with them.
It was interesting to note, as a tradition, the groom used to write a letter to the bride's father to seek permission to marry his daughter. This is what happened when her husband proposed her. Description of her marriage is so beautiful and emotional.
Brenda had an extensive travelling of the United States and Europe; I enjoyed her visits to Germany and Holland the most.
Close knitting in her family and how her parents and her siblings took care of each other is worth reading; It was touching to read how her father talked to all of his children separately before his death. Brenda's belief in God is remarkable.

Asif Khan
Author of Tracing My Footsteps

Suzanne White

Brenda Mohammed's "My Life As a Banker" is the story of a woman's determination to succeed in a profession which doesn't always favor women.
She came from a religious family and maintained her belief in God throughout the joys and tribulations of her life as a wife, mother and finally a prestigious bank manager.
Brenda Mohammed attributes much of her success to her faith and her family's positive support.
he book "My Life as a Banker" is a memoir about Brenda Mohammed's early decision to become a banker and the successful career she forged throughout her life.