‘ If God was a Banker ‘ becomes the first book in my book review section of my blog.
I used to be once a vociferous reader but somewhere down the lane I stopped running my imagination on the words I read from the pages of various authors , so I decided to restart by reading habit of late.
When I made my 15 hour journey to my native by train , I carried this book , which was suggested by my wife and I finished the book in one go without break which was surprising for me coz am usually a slow reader ! So that could give you an idea how much I enjoyed it !
‘If God was a banker’ is written by Ravi Subramanian , an alumnus of IIM-Bangalore. He himself is a banker , working with a leading foreign bank , and its no surprise he has chosen his professional background to scheme his novel !
The book paths the journey of two bright IIM guys who joins New York International Bank on the same day. One is fast , aggressive and another one is more principled holding high moral grounds in personal life as well as professional life. That gives us the two main characters – Sundeep and Swami . The whole novel revolves around them in the background of their professional careers in banking. The author has blended very well their personal life along with their professional life. There is quiet a dose of all human emotional ingredients – love , lust , anger , frustration , jealous , rivalry , ego , friendship .
The novel was quiet gripping that I could not keep down the book in the middle. The characters well crafted , the words simple still effective , the plot never a moment dragging or boring .
The book could make a good movie too . The director in me thought Amir khan or Saif Ali khan as Sundeep , Madhavan as Swamy , Rishi kapoor as Aditya , when I told my wife about the castings in mind , she said she would have liked to see Kay Kay menon as Sundeep , Irfan Khan as Swamy . ( well , honestly , her casting too sounds cool – just matter of how far the producer will dig into his bank account )
When my wife picked this book from the shelves of a bookshop , I should admit , I was not quiet impressed by the cover design but after reading it , I understood how true the good old English saying " don’t judge the book by its cover " is !