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“Meet the John Grisham of Banking” – The Wall Street Journal

I have no clue, why has he been compared with John Grisham? However, this is my first Ravi Subramanian’s novel and I am fairly disappointed. The plot of the story revolves around three situations:

1) At Angola – A Covert CIA agent is about to exchange weapons for Blood Diamonds.

2) At Kerala – An elderly man will do whatever it takes to fulfil a promise made to a dying son.

3) At Mumbai – An International bank is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees.

The Synopsis goes like — Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thinks, till a series of murders threaten to destroy the reputation that the Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) has built over the years. Who is behind these killings, and what is their motive? 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.

If I am to not write a review and just rate in the scale of 1-10, I shall rate it 4/10.

The book keeps hopping between three stories, however, not giving much of description to the one of Angola and giving extra emphasis on Mumbai Story. The Story about Kerala, where an elderly man named Krishna Menon, goes on with his Gandhian Principles fighting like Anna Hazare to prevent Nuclear Power Plant coming to life in his area, majorly for the benefit of people as the world had since then, witnessed the dangerous disaster that happened in Fukushima, Japan.

Besides, the major plot, about The Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2), is stuffed with so many characters that if one picks up the book after half a day, he will get confused as to who is who. All the characters, though stuffed in one story as the story will need it, are not explained or properly described. The Story becomes a dragger and bore you to death in the middle until two murders happen in quick succession and the suspense picks up.

The Start, however will attract you and so will the cover page and soon you will find yourself yawning unless the protagonist Karan Panjabi, the ex-banker at GB2 and presently an employee at Times Of India takes the role. The solving of the case will keep you with the book as all suspense stories do and may be you will end up liking the book.

If I am to write about the language, I’d prefer Anirban Bose of “Bombay Rains Bombay Girls” fame or Chetan Bhagat or even Tushar Raheja of “Anything for you ma’am” to be more appropriate when using Hindi Lingos and slangs. If I am to talk about a specific character, I won’t say much, thus keeping in line with the book’s agenda of not describing any character above a certain minimal limit. However, the character of Zinaida Gomes will let many wonder as to how she must be.

As far as recommendation is concerned, I had received this book as a part of Book Review Program by But if you are to read this book, I’d suggest a try as the reviews on Internet about this book is quiet appreciated. As far as my personal opinion is considered, you shouldn’t go for this book unless you are a beginner in this hobby of reading.

I would also like to share with you a picture on Money Laundering which will help you understand the concept too:

One thing which I did like about the book is, the character of Raymond Saldanah and Karan Panjabi. When Raymond was summoned for the adverse Audit Report of Bandra Cluster of GB2, and was asked to withdraw, it did match up with the real life happenings.

I won’t demean this book and say one should just not go for it, however, I am sure, if you are a regular at it, don’t need to go for it.

All the best.

Thank You 😀


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