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In If God Was A Banker, the story revolves around two management graduates in the rat race for success. Sundeep is ambitious and selfish, which leads him to achieve his goals through unscrupulous means. Swami is the exact opposite as he sticks to his morals and ethics to ensure success in his career. Swami's ideal and ethics keeps him behind Sundeep in terms of performance In If God Was A Banker, the story revolves around two management graduates in the rat race for success. Sundeep is ambitious and selfish, which leads him to achieve his goals through unscrupulous means. Swami is the exact opposite as he sticks to his morals and ethics to ensure success in his career. Swami's ideal and ethics keeps him behind Sundeep in terms of performance at the New York International Bank where they both work. Sundeep's rapid rise up the corporate ladder and his popularity with colleagues disguises his real motives and cunning mind. The story also has a main character, who is a friend and counsellor to both of them and he has his own philosophy which is based on his experience and is genuine. He always taught what he deemed right. Inspite of all the facts, the temptation of untold riches was too strong for Sundeep and he continued on his quest for more ill-gotten financial gain. All through the novel, the backdrop is the corporate bank environment, which is so polluted that the characters are portrayed as people who are ready to deviate from the righteous path at the drop of a hat. Women throw themselves at their bosses to advance their position. If God Was A Banker was published in 2007 and it won the Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Award. The book has sold more than 260,000 books and has been a national bestseller.


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In If God Was A Banker, the story revolves around two management graduates in the rat race for success. Sundeep is ambitious and selfish, which leads him to achieve his goals through unscrupulous means. Swami is the exact opposite as he sticks to his morals and ethics to ensure success in his career. Swami's ideal and ethics keeps him behind Sundeep in terms of performance In If God Was A Banker, the story revolves around two management graduates in the rat race for success. Sundeep is ambitious and selfish, which leads him to achieve his goals through unscrupulous means. Swami is the exact opposite as he sticks to his morals and ethics to ensure success in his career. Swami's ideal and ethics keeps him behind Sundeep in terms of performance at the New York International Bank where they both work. Sundeep's rapid rise up the corporate ladder and his popularity with colleagues disguises his real motives and cunning mind. The story also has a main character, who is a friend and counsellor to both of them and he has his own philosophy which is based on his experience and is genuine. He always taught what he deemed right. Inspite of all the facts, the temptation of untold riches was too strong for Sundeep and he continued on his quest for more ill-gotten financial gain. All through the novel, the backdrop is the corporate bank environment, which is so polluted that the characters are portrayed as people who are ready to deviate from the righteous path at the drop of a hat. Women throw themselves at their bosses to advance their position. If God Was A Banker was published in 2007 and it won the Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Award. The book has sold more than 260,000 books and has been a national bestseller.

30 review for If God Was a Banker

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aparna

    Wait a minute. I think this book clearly establishes that IIM provides good bankers, or businessmen, but definitely not the best writers. Spoiler Alert: For those of you who want to save a precious 4 hours of their lives, here's the "plot" - Good Guy, Bad Guy join bank on same day. Good Guy succeeds with integrity. Bad guy sleeps around, succeeds with luck and cunning wit. Bad Guy gets caught. Saved by God in a Banker's disguise. Bad Guy reforms. All are friends again. THE END!! Hopeless storylin Wait a minute. I think this book clearly establishes that IIM provides good bankers, or businessmen, but definitely not the best writers. Spoiler Alert: For those of you who want to save a precious 4 hours of their lives, here's the "plot" - Good Guy, Bad Guy join bank on same day. Good Guy succeeds with integrity. Bad guy sleeps around, succeeds with luck and cunning wit. Bad Guy gets caught. Saved by God in a Banker's disguise. Bad Guy reforms. All are friends again. THE END!! Hopeless storyline, bad English, and a pathetic guest appearance by the author. Nothing works. Can't blame you, Mr. Subramanian - as an IIM-B grad, you must have one hell of a corporate career, and hence, very limited time. Which brings me to the key question - What the heck was your editor doing??????

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nikhil

    I have finished the book in about 10 hours and it’s not a compliment. This book is a result of what can happen when you pretend to be a story-teller, but you're not. The story revolves around two characters - Swaminathan (protagonist) and Sundeep (antagonist). Not to be a racist but the author sounded like a whiny kid who has issues with North-Indians. The obvious clue was when he went to extreme lengths illustrating an emotional background story - not to forget his extensive research from a typic I have finished the book in about 10 hours and it’s not a compliment. This book is a result of what can happen when you pretend to be a story-teller, but you're not. The story revolves around two characters - Swaminathan (protagonist) and Sundeep (antagonist). Not to be a racist but the author sounded like a whiny kid who has issues with North-Indians. The obvious clue was when he went to extreme lengths illustrating an emotional background story - not to forget his extensive research from a typical South-Indian movie - about the protagonist. However, he chose not to give readers any background information about the antagonist (or any other characters in the book for that matter) who was also the main character apart from being North-Indian. His initial crime was that he was a good-looking (‘can put Tom Cruise to shame’ – his exact words) man and therefore, an obvious villain. He wrote a whole paragraph on Tamilian Brahmins explaining why they are pious. No description for anything else in the book - Nada. The author had only three words to portray his protagonist - nice, honest & simple. He was so hell-bent on shoving his opinions on readers that in one sentence he even wrote 'nice Swami will never do it'. Swami does nothing except being nice and honest. The b̶e̶a̶u̶t̶i̶f̶u̶l̶ – BOMB – girl approaches Swami, they drink 'filter' coffee and she sees his – wait for it – honesty and simplicity and she 'proposes' him. In the very first meeting, possibly in fifteen minutes. Swami becomes the God of Banking in the end because of course honesty is all you ever need in a corporate banking sector. There are three main women characters and the author had used special adjectives for all of them. Woman 1 - She is still a BOMB Woman 2 - She is a total BOMB Woman 3 - What a BOMB Who said your female character could be dark skinned, fair, short, tall, slender, petite, confused, smart, agitated or desperate. Want to know a female character in the book? There's a hint, they are all BOMB – GO FIGURE! (P.S. For any disappointing news the author has special emotion - "he dropped a bombshell") This guy should be in Taliban. Lastly, the choice of words. "Natasha kinda liked him" KINDA?????? That's when I lost it. But the agony continued throughout the book. This guy claims to be an alumni of IIM - Bangalore. I saved the best one for the last - He introduces a Gujarati man who lives in Kolkata for years and miraculously the ‘Gujarati’ person speaks this: ‘Kee haal hai? Kudi ne ratti sohn ditta ki nahi’ I am highly convinced now that the editor was on marijuana.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sneha Nair

    Ok few things i am learning from such books........ 1.IIM produces excellent writers 2.They write really well, simple language, easy to digest, simple normal emotions & twists & turns in the required places 3. they really dont know how to make a "perfect ending" Dont know how bt every "IIM waala's" story ends in a perfect ending manner even though everything is jumbled up untill the 2nd last page. Over all a great peice for time pass reading, entertaining with all the essential masalas :)yet the end Ok few things i am learning from such books........ 1.IIM produces excellent writers 2.They write really well, simple language, easy to digest, simple normal emotions & twists & turns in the required places 3. they really dont know how to make a "perfect ending" Dont know how bt every "IIM waala's" story ends in a perfect ending manner even though everything is jumbled up untill the 2nd last page. Over all a great peice for time pass reading, entertaining with all the essential masalas :)yet the ending is not as apt.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Geetika

    There are too many corporate books talking about sexual relationships in an organization. I feel these books are sending a very wrong signal. However I feel the real problem of Corporate world or banking sec in particular is poor leadership and poor culture management. After a long time read a book called "Puppet on the Fast Track" which rightfully points the issue and real life dilemma of youngsters. If God was a banker is full of filth and nonsense and unfortunately that sells! Read it is a rea There are too many corporate books talking about sexual relationships in an organization. I feel these books are sending a very wrong signal. However I feel the real problem of Corporate world or banking sec in particular is poor leadership and poor culture management. After a long time read a book called "Puppet on the Fast Track" which rightfully points the issue and real life dilemma of youngsters. If God was a banker is full of filth and nonsense and unfortunately that sells! Read it is a real life episode too. If such an Organization does exist, the seniors woke up only after the guy sexually exploited so many.!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Akhil Tiwari

    Let us understand one thing here: IIMs may produce great businessmen(some?)but they produce awful writers. This book,alike Chetan's shitty crappy books that hook the reader,is what we exactly call 'the same old bollywood deadly-drama'. These are the scripts many aspiring 'directors'(Slaves of fame?)are in quest of. I'd suggest this book to my enemies.Go guys,give it a shot in order to torment your blessed soul. Let us understand one thing here: IIMs may produce great businessmen(some?)but they produce awful writers. This book,alike Chetan's shitty crappy books that hook the reader,is what we exactly call 'the same old bollywood deadly-drama'. These are the scripts many aspiring 'directors'(Slaves of fame?)are in quest of. I'd suggest this book to my enemies.Go guys,give it a shot in order to torment your blessed soul.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alekhya

    Wish there was an option of 'I hated it' or 'It's a total waste of time' A completely avoidable book. NO story, zero creativity, pathetic style of writing. It was mostly about a lusty guy making out than a sensible story! Worst book i ever read. Would advise everyone to stay away from this book. Wish there was an option of 'I hated it' or 'It's a total waste of time' A completely avoidable book. NO story, zero creativity, pathetic style of writing. It was mostly about a lusty guy making out than a sensible story! Worst book i ever read. Would advise everyone to stay away from this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ayushi

    Bland storyline, inept language, sexist depiction of women, the list goes on… I have a new found respect for Chetan Bhagat after reading this.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vinayak Mishra

    Light, breezy read. Not much else. -> Was this even edited? Poor grammar everywhere -> The author describes women only as mindless supporting characters or objects to be desired. -> I hoped to gain more background on the banking industry in our country. Nothing substantial present in this book. Would not recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Goel

    It is good for the first time readers. Plus points are a) Written in simple langague b) Give insight to banking industries in India(few incident are bit exarrated) c) Office politics d) silent message that bad move my take you to greater hieghts but eventually it would led you down Plot ==== Sundeep Srivastava and Swaminathan are juxtaposed to project the two sides of a different and difficult profession; retail banking. While Sundeep is aggressive and ambitious, Swami is evenhanded and sensible. The It is good for the first time readers. Plus points are a) Written in simple langague b) Give insight to banking industries in India(few incident are bit exarrated) c) Office politics d) silent message that bad move my take you to greater hieghts but eventually it would led you down Plot ==== Sundeep Srivastava and Swaminathan are juxtaposed to project the two sides of a different and difficult profession; retail banking. While Sundeep is aggressive and ambitious, Swami is evenhanded and sensible. Their careers with the New York International Bank zoom meteorically but on different planes. Sundeep is ready for any compromise to promote, project and achieve his goals and Swami prefers to go slow and steady adhering to ethics of the profession without being overzealous. At the end, Aditya Rao, an elderly character who plays Godfather to these two protagonists extends his helping hand to Srivastava for his intrinsic talent and intelligence.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ankit

    I really want to take this one in points - 1)Forget the uber mediocre story line, poor English, pathetic character development - Dear Author, do you really think infidelity, overconfidence and arrogance are enough to portray the bad-guy as really bad ? I mean seriously, what era do u come from ? 2) He was clearly trying to write a movie script for a Manmohan Desai movie in the 70s, mistook it for a novel. However the real culprits are the publishers 3) Am amazed at the image Ravi portrays of women. I really want to take this one in points - 1)Forget the uber mediocre story line, poor English, pathetic character development - Dear Author, do you really think infidelity, overconfidence and arrogance are enough to portray the bad-guy as really bad ? I mean seriously, what era do u come from ? 2) He was clearly trying to write a movie script for a Manmohan Desai movie in the 70s, mistook it for a novel. However the real culprits are the publishers 3) Am amazed at the image Ravi portrays of women. Meek, docile, forgiving, not-giving a crap about career, Settling for a compliance role when actually qualified for lot more etc ... urghh 4) The ultimate crime in his world is sleeping around, and that was exactly the crime of the bad guy - having consensual extra-martial sex .. lol ... Have a new found respect for chetan bhagat. Period

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pankaj Pandey

    Awesome read. Story about two fresh grads starting their career and how their choices shapes their future. One person is overly ambitious and selfish and thus goes on to achieve huge success at the cost of losing respect and heart for people. The other one is ambitious but ethical and honest. He is people's man. True to his character he stays in the vicinity of good people and achieves what one time seemed like a distant dreams. This books is a reflection of how one person no matter how ambitiou Awesome read. Story about two fresh grads starting their career and how their choices shapes their future. One person is overly ambitious and selfish and thus goes on to achieve huge success at the cost of losing respect and heart for people. The other one is ambitious but ethical and honest. He is people's man. True to his character he stays in the vicinity of good people and achieves what one time seemed like a distant dreams. This books is a reflection of how one person no matter how ambitious is, should never leave his roots. Integrity is prime and it should never be compromised. This book also talks a lot about the workplace environment for women and it can be "safer" under a good leader. Overall worth a read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vadassery Rakesh

    Got a doubt whether NYB stands for NY Bank or NY Brothel House. Cannot digest how can the author show the MNC bank in such a poor light where a sex maniac was allowed to run amok. And the language also lacks depth and intensity. I also felt it impossible to keep aside the book and read it in one go - the reason being the titillation the book offered reminiscing in me the college hostel days when we used to read the penthouse letters in one go. Frankly was surprised to see the book became a best Got a doubt whether NYB stands for NY Bank or NY Brothel House. Cannot digest how can the author show the MNC bank in such a poor light where a sex maniac was allowed to run amok. And the language also lacks depth and intensity. I also felt it impossible to keep aside the book and read it in one go - the reason being the titillation the book offered reminiscing in me the college hostel days when we used to read the penthouse letters in one go. Frankly was surprised to see the book became a best seller. The author has to improve a lot and rise above the school story writing competition levels. The plot needed to be more original and not like a fairy tale.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Kashmira Gohil

    'If God was a banker' then he would have enjoyed reading this story too😊. It's about two main characters as two bright young men, Sudeep & Swami, IIM peers and in work space at New York bank in retail branch, where they start their career. While one was shrewd, people's person, who is ambitious at the cost of integrity & morality, the other is honest, sincere and straightforward, yet equally competitive professionally. The story depicts the fast & furious world of banking (as author himself is t 'If God was a banker' then he would have enjoyed reading this story too😊. It's about two main characters as two bright young men, Sudeep & Swami, IIM peers and in work space at New York bank in retail branch, where they start their career. While one was shrewd, people's person, who is ambitious at the cost of integrity & morality, the other is honest, sincere and straightforward, yet equally competitive professionally. The story depicts the fast & furious world of banking (as author himself is the banker), and at the same time, tough, highly competitive, ambitious, dark & murky side of corporate world. All the characters in the story, including the career women, Natasha & Kalpana, respective wives of Sudeep & Swami, Aditya the mentor of both bright, young bankers Sudeep & Swami & other office people are highly relatable & chemistry among all characters are great. Ultimately honesty & integrity paid off in the long run whatsoever happens, is the final morale of the story. Highly readable & enjoyable book, adding knowledge of banking world too at the same time, for the novice. I give 3 or 3.5 🌟 stars for this one👍

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vidhya Nair

    Came across this book by chance in Jaipur when attending a talk by Jeffrey Archer where Ravi Subramaniam was the moderator. This was his debut fiction novel. The book reads like a film, but gives you an insight on the probable follies, exploits, games played within the corporate foreign banking environment in India. Sometimes they say, too much intelligence is a bad thing, it makes you do deviant things. I especially liked the character of Naresh, a uniquely Indian character. Shrewd manipulator, Came across this book by chance in Jaipur when attending a talk by Jeffrey Archer where Ravi Subramaniam was the moderator. This was his debut fiction novel. The book reads like a film, but gives you an insight on the probable follies, exploits, games played within the corporate foreign banking environment in India. Sometimes they say, too much intelligence is a bad thing, it makes you do deviant things. I especially liked the character of Naresh, a uniquely Indian character. Shrewd manipulator, crafty exploiter of weakness for his own self-gain. I wished that the Swami character need not have been too perfect, he too should have had some flaws besides his lack of fathering capabilities and coming from a fatherless, poor family. It was almost as if to make him too virtuous. I was pleased with the portrayal of women in this book. Several of them were morally questionable and highly tolerant of subjugation which is a realistic look at the roles many educated women play in a man's world. A useful look at the way hierarchy and promotions take place within an organization and it was interesting to see how employees are shifted to global offices as part of the complex scheme, Makes you look at foreign bankers far less favorably. I look forward to reading more of his tales.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anish

    This is my first Ravi Subramanian book and after reading many other books by foreign authors, I wanted a good book from an Indian author. Words can't express my disappointment with this hopeless book. There is nothing remarkable with the book - poor plot, terrible writing, utterly predictable chapters etc. Almost all the characters (except a few like Aditya Rao, Swaminathan, Ram Naresh) were poorly sketched out and the women characters' portrayal was purely disappointing. There was also too much This is my first Ravi Subramanian book and after reading many other books by foreign authors, I wanted a good book from an Indian author. Words can't express my disappointment with this hopeless book. There is nothing remarkable with the book - poor plot, terrible writing, utterly predictable chapters etc. Almost all the characters (except a few like Aditya Rao, Swaminathan, Ram Naresh) were poorly sketched out and the women characters' portrayal was purely disappointing. There was also too much of exaggeration and superficiality dwelling over the writing. Except for a few good moments, somewhat realistic portrayal of the corporate world and a few characters, the book is 250 pages of absolute boredom.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janhavi

    What a torture. This is one of those (very rare) books that make you regret your decision as soon as you start reading. The 3 or 4 hours of my life I'll never get back. The little trooper me soldiered on and finished the book. So here's a badly written review. I felt like I was reading the story of a really really bad movie. There's nothing original about the story - Good guy vs bad guy. Bad guy does a lot of bad stuff, good guy leads a straight honest life. In the end, the bad guy loses his job b What a torture. This is one of those (very rare) books that make you regret your decision as soon as you start reading. The 3 or 4 hours of my life I'll never get back. The little trooper me soldiered on and finished the book. So here's a badly written review. I felt like I was reading the story of a really really bad movie. There's nothing original about the story - Good guy vs bad guy. Bad guy does a lot of bad stuff, good guy leads a straight honest life. In the end, the bad guy loses his job because of the bad stuff. BUT, since God is a banker, the bad guy gets another job offer on the same day - rather the very minute after he loses his first. And everyone lives happily every after. The End!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tanmay Meher

    Simple, easy to read, very high values and a new genre to read. The writer is a master in his attempt. The bitter truths are uncovered in a unique way. It will make you believe that the balance of good and bad makes the world sustainable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arun Venkatesan

    Refreshingly new setting - the Indian Private Banking industry. But clearly, the author watches a lot of Megaserials/Bollywood films.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fatima JAX

    I am so tempted to give 4 stars but settling for 3 stars. A very gripping read.. Looking forward to the other few titles of Ravi Subramanian :-)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sanju N

    I like it, sorry I love it.I love the way u wrote..... After completion of the reading book, I would like to say "Whatever bad we did in past, it will reflect in future " I like it, sorry I love it.I love the way u wrote..... After completion of the reading book, I would like to say "Whatever bad we did in past, it will reflect in future "

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vedha K

    Ravi Subramanian does it again.. Its let ike entering a corporate bank deeper and learning it's secrets and unveiling the glossy facade. Thrilling and ruthless the main protagonists and their stark contrast throws the story in different directions and comes to a unexpected climax. Ravi Subramanian does it again.. Its let ike entering a corporate bank deeper and learning it's secrets and unveiling the glossy facade. Thrilling and ruthless the main protagonists and their stark contrast throws the story in different directions and comes to a unexpected climax.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gurudatt Rao

    Fruitful & Engaging Read The book is lucid and tries to put across the idea of choice and repercussions. Everything comes at a cost is the bottom line.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dev Ayan

    The first book by RS and it's an interesting quick paced read. Though his later books are much more enjoyable. The first book by RS and it's an interesting quick paced read. Though his later books are much more enjoyable.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karthikeya Nm

    Book is bit overdramatic for my taste, author has tried to glorify the characters, tried to make them look larger than life so to say. It felt as if Author didn't have strong hold on the Subjects he was talking ( Banking, running a business etc ) or may be didn't convey convincingly. Only good thing about the book was that you could push through it and finish off. Overall a ok read. Book is bit overdramatic for my taste, author has tried to glorify the characters, tried to make them look larger than life so to say. It felt as if Author didn't have strong hold on the Subjects he was talking ( Banking, running a business etc ) or may be didn't convey convincingly. Only good thing about the book was that you could push through it and finish off. Overall a ok read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Priya

    It was a nice book showing how a person can be mad behind money and fame and leave the integrity behind to achieve the same. The character of Sundeep did not hold honesty in both his personal and professional life. There were no values or morals for him. Loyalty was not in his dictionary. Only thing existed was to grow and grow with whatever means comes by way. I had read it somewhere ( not in this book ) that a man can be successful in a long term , or lets say a person can be successful in a lo It was a nice book showing how a person can be mad behind money and fame and leave the integrity behind to achieve the same. The character of Sundeep did not hold honesty in both his personal and professional life. There were no values or morals for him. Loyalty was not in his dictionary. Only thing existed was to grow and grow with whatever means comes by way. I had read it somewhere ( not in this book ) that a man can be successful in a long term , or lets say a person can be successful in a long term only if he / she gets supported by the family always. But in this case, Sundeep was getting all support from his family but what he was lacking was is the attitude. Women were like source of getting more business for him. He was some one who wished to climb high not only by wrong means but also by making his subordinate ( which was Swani in this case) going down. Dreaming of climbing high is not bad but dreaming of climbing high with a bad attitude and pushing others with equal capabilities down should not be acceptable. All his mis doings eventually led him to a state where there was nothing but REGRET. I did not understand one thing in this book. In the last, Sundeep was questioned for all the bad things he had been doing to the women employee. But weren't those women equally to be blamed for. Weren't they too doing the same to their husbands that Sundeep was doing to Natasha ? Karuna, for example, was enjoying being with Sundeep but one day when she came to know that Sundeep is handling many girls at a time, she got hurt and then wrote an email to the auditor. Why ? Wasn't she a culprit herself before she was raising any finger to Sundeep. Even if Sundeep was promising the women a promotion or salary hike or husband's promotion etc, whatever the reason may be for the women to fell in his trap, but the truth is that, those women were also trying to achieve the same that Sundeep was trying to...MONEY! This is the only part for which I was not convinced with. Nidhi for another instance, was aware of the fraud that the bank was doing for mutual funds, so wasn't she equally to blame to (for leaving the integrity and loyalty behind ) when fingers were pointed at Sundeep. I think if serious actions were taken against Sundeep , then even the others involved should undergo the same actions. If the writer could have made the story which made everyone involved guilty together, then this story might have looked for real. Rest, it was a nice book to read. Apart from the dirt that Sundeep had spread , there were beautiful things described especially the friendship of Aditya. And the idea of audit especially what Michelle does at the end talking to all women and knowing their views in the company was awesome. In reality, such an audits should happen. And if there are people like Sundeep or Ram Naresh in real world anywhere, then those should be thrown away. Lastly, the message taken from this book is that its not only qualifications and smartness that can make one reach heights, but its the right attitude too!

  26. 4 out of 5

    CMK

    This is an unbelievable book. The writer appears to be a very good human being who hardly hurts anyone in his book, so the good guy is TOO good who gets is due in all areas of life - wonderful job, great wife, kids, money, fame, recognition, you name it. The bad guy reforms with not even a loss in income- forget about loss in stature or any humiliation - he spoils the life of innumerable people and his life remains rosy as he reforms himself in 30 minutes, getting rid of his natural character an This is an unbelievable book. The writer appears to be a very good human being who hardly hurts anyone in his book, so the good guy is TOO good who gets is due in all areas of life - wonderful job, great wife, kids, money, fame, recognition, you name it. The bad guy reforms with not even a loss in income- forget about loss in stature or any humiliation - he spoils the life of innumerable people and his life remains rosy as he reforms himself in 30 minutes, getting rid of his natural character and habits of 20 odd years!!! All ends well for almost everyone and those who are hurt are hurt in such a minor manner that it would be not hard to recover. Impossible to believe that a man who has CEO of a bank in his pocket will not have other avenues of milking people and with the collapse of one avenue of minting money would not even be able to meet ends meet. The plotline is used to sneak in inappropriate and derogatory words. Its like a movie with screenplay built around one line of story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashutosh Mishra

    Exciting Roller Coaster, Inside Story! Ravi has managed to weave a tale around the Indian banking market over two decades. It is not only an exciting story but one full of learning as well. It cements my belief that any success and fame achieved via unfare means is not worth it. One needs to be loyal to one partner, family and organisation. Everything, every deed catches up with you and comes back to haunt you at the worst possible time. Great guidance for young bankers - avoid the dirty road bef Exciting Roller Coaster, Inside Story! Ravi has managed to weave a tale around the Indian banking market over two decades. It is not only an exciting story but one full of learning as well. It cements my belief that any success and fame achieved via unfare means is not worth it. One needs to be loyal to one partner, family and organisation. Everything, every deed catches up with you and comes back to haunt you at the worst possible time. Great guidance for young bankers - avoid the dirty road before you enter. Once you are a part of filth, theres no easy way to get out. The hero of the book was lucky to find support in Aditya, Natasha and Swami but you may not be. Written in a simple language makes it a quick read. The frequency and detail of flirting and sex makes me think - is this the only way to sell books?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vishvaksen

    Sometimes some characters will be remembered for a long time and that is the Swami Character in this book.Everybody want to be like Swami in real life instead part of Sundeep is there in everybody. I don't know till I read this book that these many things(especially mentioning the Frauds) go in a bank .May be by profession Sir Ravi Subramanian is a banker ,he got to explore the dark side of the bank. Success and fame are not the only factors to describe a character .Mostly its the ethics that defi Sometimes some characters will be remembered for a long time and that is the Swami Character in this book.Everybody want to be like Swami in real life instead part of Sundeep is there in everybody. I don't know till I read this book that these many things(especially mentioning the Frauds) go in a bank .May be by profession Sir Ravi Subramanian is a banker ,he got to explore the dark side of the bank. Success and fame are not the only factors to describe a character .Mostly its the ethics that defines character which differentiate Sundeep and Swami Character too in the book By Kalpana Character in this book, I just want to give small message to all the women.Try marrying a person like Swami(may be people like him can't give very exciting life to you but I am sure that they will not make you feel sad in entire life) Just read it and try to be like Swami in real life

  29. 5 out of 5

    Souparnika Chander

    A Banking Thriller, not to be missed especially when you are on the same field. The author's debut work is about 2 IIM Graduates, Sundeep and Swamy who hails from completely varied backgrounds and how they reach the top ladder in the corporate world. The corporate politics is clearly depicted, with Sundeep's unethical and crooked smart tactics versus Swamy's straight and ethical ways. Greed and Jealousy or Patience and Hardworking, which wins in this battle forms the crux of the story. Aditya, an i A Banking Thriller, not to be missed especially when you are on the same field. The author's debut work is about 2 IIM Graduates, Sundeep and Swamy who hails from completely varied backgrounds and how they reach the top ladder in the corporate world. The corporate politics is clearly depicted, with Sundeep's unethical and crooked smart tactics versus Swamy's straight and ethical ways. Greed and Jealousy or Patience and Hardworking, which wins in this battle forms the crux of the story. Aditya, an interesting and my favourite character in the story, who acts as a guide and mentor to both of them and how crucial he becomes in their lives, makes us want one such support in our lives as well. Overall, a good read with a simple language and narration, a vivid glimpse of the real corporate world!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ajay

    Believe me I just completed this book in a single night. I couldn't just drop this book and it worked out to complete them in a single sitting. I have never stretched myself late night for a book reading. Well, coming to the story, I am awestruck with the storyline for the first time. There used to be a grapevine running back in the forum that all IIM pass outs will write a book of his/her and like icing the cake this has become a trend now a days. But this one is completely different from thos Believe me I just completed this book in a single night. I couldn't just drop this book and it worked out to complete them in a single sitting. I have never stretched myself late night for a book reading. Well, coming to the story, I am awestruck with the storyline for the first time. There used to be a grapevine running back in the forum that all IIM pass outs will write a book of his/her and like icing the cake this has become a trend now a days. But this one is completely different from those romantic works. This has struck the chord of readers. I would say Ravi has brought a new genre in the writing industry.

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