Book review: The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian

Details Of Book : The Bankster

Book: The Bankster
Author: Ravi Subramanian
ISBN: 8129120488
ISBN-13: 9788129120489
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 2012-10
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 364
Language: English


The uneasy calm in Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) is shattered when a series of murders rock the façade of the compliant and conforming bank that GB2 has built up over the years. Who is to blame? Who is driving these intriguing and bone chilling murders? What is the motive behind these gruesome killings? No one has a clue.

And when Karan Panjabi, a press reporter and an ex-banker digs deeper, he realizes that he has stumbled on a global conspiracy with far reaching ramifications – a secret that could destroy not only the bank but cast a shadow on the entire nation. With only thirty-six hours at his disposal, he is running out of time and must trust no one if he wants to stay alive and uncover the truth.

In the racy build up to unraveling the mystery, stranger than fiction characters emerge, faith get shattered and ivory towers come crashing down. Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thought – till the day the truth within GB2 gets revealed. Is the banker at GB2 fast turning into a Bankster? Or was he always one?


I was little hesitant to read the book as it involved the scary term banking and finance .  yet gave it a try. Why wont I, when I got a author signed copy.  When I started, somehow the book reminded me of the movie “Ayyan”,” Kanthaswamy” a bit. May be because of the blood diamonds and money transaction I think. But that is no way related to the book.  In the first few pages we find a man landing up in Angola.  Later he strikes a deal for exchange of weapons for world famous blood diamonds.  Then the author takes you to a family in Kerala, where the father is accused for the crime which he has not committed. There is another parallel story happening in Mumbai with major banking.  GB2 is the bank, and mysteriously the employees get murdered or commit suicide one by one.  

Karan Panjabi, a banker turned journalist steps in to investigate these murders and finds out that the scam is bigger than they thought.

I was wondering what am I doing, reading incoherent stories, but the way the author has tied it up in the end is really fascinating, all the broken pieces fall in right place. Never excepted such twists.

It’s a simple book, page turner for sure, as you want to know the connectivity of all three plots. A lot of learning for me about banking. Yes, banking never went in to my mind, but the way the book is written gives you glimpse of procedures and process of banking. I felt happy reading all Indian names book, revolving around Indian characters.

Thing which I didn’t like were the number stories which resulted in numerous characters. So it was difficult to get related to the lead role.  And there was a hard trying to put in various things like corruption, diamond treading, ivory smuggling, banking, media  and what not.

The interesting part was the simplicity in which the banking was explained, and the way the way the mystery unfolds .it relates to current treands and belongs to this era.. In case you like conspiracy and thriller, it’s your book.
About the Author: Ravi Subramanian

Ravi Subramanian an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent twodecades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazinglyexciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. Itis but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of thefinancial services industry. He lives in Mumbai with his wifeDharini and daughter Anusha. In 2008, he won the Golden QuillReaders Choice award for his debut novel, If God was a Banker.

To know more about Ravi, visit oremail him at info@ To connect with him, log onto Facebook at http://www.facebook. com/authorravisubramanian or tweet to@subramanianravi.

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8 thoughts on “Book review: The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian

  1. I quite liked this book. Not much technical jargon and banking explained in a very simple way. Agree about too many characters and plots!! The best was Karan Punjabi… I mean the lead character entering the book so late!

  2. Yeah it is for for residents of India. I miss this initiative so much ! But am so glad to read your reviews. Thanks AM! I am makign a list of flipkart purchases this time when am in India in December! 🙂

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