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The Bankster

My grandfather believed that working in a bank is one of the best options for women who wish to make a career for themselves. But if he would have read ‘The Bankster’ by Ravi Subramanian, a whole new picture, a bit murkier and a less glossy world would have greeted him.

Set in Angola, Mumbai and Kerala, the story is a thriller which warps us in its web of whodunnit. With the backdrop of the Greater Boson Global Bank, we read about the daily musings of the bankers, interns, fresh recruits and others. But a series of murders which find their trail back to the bank takes the story forward. It is left on ex-banker turned press reporter Karan Punjabi to unearth the true motive behind the killings and give a face to the criminal.

The story has many layers, which grips the reader. The fast pace of the story can be credited to its readable style of writing. With many questions dangling in the air, it is not possible to keep the book down till one reaches the last page.

A Golden Quill Readers Award winner, Subramanian is an IIM Bangalore alumnus. His debut novel, If God was a Banker earned him the sobriquet of being the John Grisham of banking. With two decades of experience in the amazing and exciting world of Indian global banks, it is no surprise that he can craft a story with the proper functions that an employee of a global bank does.

The author deals with more than 1 protagonist and shows us their world. In a subtle way, the banking world shows the picture of the megacity that is Mumbai. How one has to manipulate to win and go up the corporate ladder to get name and fame and survive in this shining city. It delves into the relationship dynamics of a new generation couple and the office politics that greets one every day.

Politics, blood diamonds, a resort owner, the Chernobyl disaster and much more is what makes the book a page turner. ‘The Bankster’ is a story of financial crime which makes one think about the lives of the smartly dressed international bank person and makes us hear their muted chaos.

A simple weekend read, the book could have done better but nonetheless it works. As a first time reader of Subramanian, I wish to read his previous novels to know and adapt to his banking style of writing. Hopefully we will hear more from him and may I add, let the books keep on coming!!

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