Sunday, December 2, 2012

Book Review - The Bankster.

I have been reading many Mumbai based Authors but no one amazed me as much as Ravi Subraminian has with his book The Bankster! The cover of the book itself has a story in it. A man standing on a seaface, an airplane approaching from the other end and the commercial towers standing on the other side of the sea. The scene somewhat creates the Nariman Point or Chowpatty Ambiance. Yeah, this is what has brought me back to the blogging. Thanks a lot Blogadda for giving me a signed copy of the book. Feels great!

About the Author:
Ravi Subramanian - A MUMBAIKAR who is popularly known as John Grisham of Banking is an alumnus of IIM Bangaluru. He has won the Golden Quill Readers Choice award for his debut novel, "If God was a Banker". Know him more by joining him on FB at

Book Details:
Name: The Bankster.
ISBN: 978-81-291-2048-9
Cost: Rs.250/-
Pages: 358.

The Plot:
The Back Cover of the book spill most of the beans. The story starts in South Africa at a place known as Angola during the beginning of 21st Century where a covert CIA agent is about to exchange weapons for blood diamonds. This part of the story does not hint much about what the real story is.

The next part of the story is about Krishna Menon, an elderly man from Kerala who plays a strong character. "He will do whatever it takes to fulfill a promise made to a dying son" says the back cover. He is opposing the commissioning of nuclear plant near his place.

The third and the most important part of the story is what this book it all about. It’s about The Greater Boston Global bank, an International Bank in Mumbai which is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees. This part of the story shows that the younger generation can cross any limits to achieve success or please the higher management. Later in the story, a guy who is an ex-banker and a news reporter smells a conspiracy and finds that the scam is much bigger than what he had thought of at the initial stages of the investigation. It was then a global conspiracy.

There is a lot more about the Mumbai Part of the story. Ravi Subramaniun in his book has displayed many stunning facts of the corporate life & scam. It’s a thriller story with a lot of twists & turns.

All the three parts get connected in such a dramatical way. While reading the 3rd part, you will surely forget the 1st & 2nd and as the story advances, you will certainly understand the co-relation of the 3 different parts of the story.

I'm not at all a perfect reader but i feel that the climax could have been shorter. The author has done amazing job to keep the 3 parts connected. But for a reader like me, i would have loved to see the author doing more good to the co-relation of the 3 parts of the story. The story has also been slow at the beginning. A lazy reader would give up such an amazing story.

Overall, a more than a good story it is. A few changes and you get a great story to make a movie out of it. Hats off to the Author specially for the exposure he has given to the corporate life. I rate 4/5 to this book.

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at