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February 14, 2014

Book Review - 151 : Bankerupt

Author : Ravi Subramanian
Publisher : Penguin India

I was critical about Ravi Subramanian's last work, which i thought was a tight thriller but somehow it does not transcends the banking boundaries author has self imposed. Bankerupt, author's latest offering take first minor step in moving away from an all-bank-based narrative and explore other dark side of business in India.

The book runs in three parallel, but interrelated tracks. Cirisha Narayanan is about a research associate in Social Psychology at MIT who is extremely passionate about her career and vocal about her morals and ethics and doesn't like people around her breaching safe territories for their personal benefits.  Aditya Raisinghania, an investment banker at Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) in Mumbai who takes liberty to turn things his way whenever required. He is always more concerned about the end results without paying much heed to the practices involved in achieving the same. And third track is about Narayanan, Cirisha’s father who runs his business in Coimbatore. 

Narayanan first met Aditya at GB2’s office when he required a whopping 50 crore rupees to expand his business.The basic concept of the book taken from the Adidas-Rebook franchise fraud, which forms the major portion of the book. The writing is taut, well edited and keep you on your toes with twists and turns.  The author makes subplots interesting by investing in hot burning topics - whether it is Gun Act in US or EMU farming in South India. The portions of internal politics of MIT are bit tedious and stays for a little too long. It is always difficult to join all the dots in the climax, but barring a few hiccups the end is done pretty conclusively. Most characters have a grey shade around them which eventually makes the narrative interesting.

I am going with 3.5/5 for Bankerupt. If reading tight, page-turning is your liking, there are good chances you will enjoy reading this one. And as far as Ravi's writing graph is concerned, this is a step in the right direction.

[Review of Ravi Subramanian's earlier works - I bought the Monk's Ferrari, The Incredible Banker, The Bankster ]

[Update - 3 May, 2015 : Bankster won the Crossword award in the popular fiction category]

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