Features Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 05:30
Image for representation A letter recently written by the father of young banker who died in April this year, has once again brought to the fore the subject of the immense work pressure that employees in the finance sector have to deal with and the toll it takes on them.  Earlier in April, a 22-year-old Goldman Sachs analyst was found dead in the backdrop of him complaining of high work pressure. On May 17, the father of the deceased Sarvshreshth Gupta wrote about how the pressure-cooker work environment took a toll on his son’s life. According to an article by Business Insider, Sarvshreshth's father Sunil published his essay entitled "A Son Never Dies" on May 17th, a month after his death. Sunil, however, has taken the essay off the internet now. Born in Delhi, Sarvshreshth was a first-year analyst at the Goldman Sachs office in San Francisco and reportedly quit his job in March after he could not cope up with high work pressure. However, he rejoined after a week. Two conflicting reports exist on this regard. While some at Goldman say Sarvshreshth himself asked to rejoin the firm, his father, in the essay says that his son rejoined after Goldman asked him to, and promised to ease the work pressure. “By a quirk of fate, he was asked by his company to reconsider his resignation and under pressure from me, he rejoined,” his father wrote in the essay.  Though his son was optimistic while taking up the job in 2014, Sunil writes that his son became too distressed in mid-April this year, . “This job is not for me. Too much work and too little time,” Sunil quotes his son as saying. According to The New York Times, Sunil wrote, “He calls us and says, ‘It is too much. I have not slept for two days, have a client meeting tomorrow morning, have to complete a presentation, my V.P. is annoyed and I am working alone in my office,’ ” his father wrote. “I got furious. ‘Take 15 days leave and come home,’ I said. He quipped, ‘They will not allow.’ I said, ‘Tell them to consider this as your resignation letter.’ ” Later that morning, he was found in the parking lot next to his apartment building and was declared dead by the officials. He apparently fell from the building. However, Sunil’s essay contains a different mention of his son’s death. “The dawn never came in our lives, my sonny boy, never reached his apartment. A monster, a devil in his giant motor vehicle, sniffed the life out of him. My son, whose bones, blood and flesh were my very own, was victim of a cruel, momentary lapse of an individual, who too, is surely somebody's son. The San Fransisco police may finally trace him, the law may give him the severest of punishments, but, who will give me my son back?” he wrote. The cause of his death has not been verified so far. This is not the first instance wherein young bankers have died. According to reports, Thomas J. Hughes, a 29-year-old banker at Moelis & Company, was found dead with drugs in his system after falling from a building in Manhattan recently. Earlier in 2013, a 21 year-old intern died at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s London office in summer 2013 after reports indicated he had pulled three consecutive all-nighters.
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