Book: The Bankster
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Number of pages: 358
Price: Rs. 250
The Wall Street Journal refers to Ravi Subramanian as the John Grisham of Banking. I am a great fan of John Grisham and have read many of his works but his style can sometimes get too dragging. And hence I was slightly apprehensive when I picked this one from Blogadda’s reviews. But boy, was I surprised?
The Bankster makes for a thoroughly interesting and a fast paced read. The book never loses its pace and the twists and turns are intelligently interspersed at perfect timings and intervals. The beginning is brilliant and the narration is as simple as it gets for the reader. You would also find it surprising that the climax of the book is not justified for the kind of the beginning the story gets. It’s like watching a movie with a brilliant opening and a rather dull climax which just leaves you wanting for more. The story, though slightly predictable has its own share of surprises.
The characterization is remarkable and it helps that one of the most important characters in the book, Karan Punjabi makes an entry only in the second half.
It is impossible to review the book without giving away the plot. The book has a series of events unfolding in Mumbai, Vienna, Kerala and Angola. How all these events are related to each other is the actual essence of the book.When Karan Panjabi, press reporter and ex-banker, digs deeper, he realizes that he has stumbled upon a global conspiracy with far reaching ramifications a secret that could not only destroy the bank but also cast a shadow on the entire nation. With only thirty-six hours at his disposal, he must fight the clock and trust no one if he is to stay alive and uncover the truth.
The three events seem to run parallel and could have been entwined in a better fashion. The plot that runs in Kerala is slightly dragging and makes you want to turn the pages. The best part of the book is the author’s description of Retail Banking and its Day to Day functions. It never gets boring!
(One very interesting thing in the book is a major café outlet has a key role to play in the story. I was just slightly curious to know whether this was a marketing imitative like the kind of in film marketing we have in movies?? But then I came across an article where the author has explained that he got the inspiration for the book from that outlet.)
With a few cuts here and there, this could well be a blockbuster Bollywood movie.
Go read this one, it’s nothing short of a ROLLER COASTER ride.
Meanwhile, let me go and check Ravi Subramaniam’s previous books
P.S: The Wall Street Journal got it wrong!
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