Wednesday, 17 December 2014


It was an innovation when cards were introduced instead of money for transactions. It was liberating not to carry much cash to buy expensive things…more over; we even got a period of 45 days of grace period to make that payment. Slowly, cashless purchases came into vogue and blended into our lives seamlessly.

Then came the Bitcoins…a money that exists, yet, it doesn’t…well, not physically though. It is the digital money. Users can send and receive money electronically and there is a central ledger that keeps track of all the transactions.  

With money comes power and people are crazy for power. And where money is involved, there exists crime…sometimes involving people and governments across the globe.

Who else can exploit this concept into his novel better than Ravi Subramanian, the John Grisham of Banking?

God is a Gamer 
Ravi Subramanian

The Blurb
Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai.

Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into
the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

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Meet the Author

Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—based on financial crime. His latest book God is a Gamer, releases on September 12th.
Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats
His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.
Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen year old daughter Anusha.

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  1. Lovely introduction Janaki! This is a great idea and so fresh and different!!

  2. Interesting review
    It made a good read. I first Tims read his book and eager to write some other works now

    1. Thanks Afshan...wish I could have reviewed this book.

  3. I didn't know bitcoins was a fascinating field. I read a little about it and it is really interesting how it works. The author has chosen a very interesting subject for his novel! I have to read this book.

  4. Kya baat hai.. Loved your spotlight Janaki. As I keep reading about bitcoins, I am finding so many interesting stories about it. So what if I haven't read the book :P But seriosly planning to. So many cyber crimes are due to bicoins.. wonder how many more stories will crop up in this subject now. Like Vampires after Twilight :D

    1. True. It is from reading this I got to know about bitcoins...and it is very interesting. Thanks Rubina.

  5. That sounds like an interesting book on high-collar crimes. I love your insight on Bit Coin: I dunno how safe its is. I am planning to do a newspaper story on bitcoins, focusing on security aspect, money laundering and modernization of the system.

    1. Where money is involved, crime follows. Go ahead and write...will be interesting.


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