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If God Was a Banker

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Two young managers graduates, with nothing similar in family backgrounds and temperament, join New York international Bank on the same day and take entirely different routes to success.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 31st 2007 by Rupa & Co (first published January 1st 2007)
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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!!

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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
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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
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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, ...more
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

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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
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Vadassery Thaiparambil 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 ...more
Isaac Zachariah
Not a goodread definitely. Too many plot errors. Bad vocabulary. Silliest of mistakes. I think the book has not gone through any proof-reading or editing, and the author, most likely, has published the rough draft. Boo to Rupa publication, no effort in inspecting the material. And my my, can you believe, this book did win two awards!!! To hell with all in the jury!!!! Maybe Ravi sent the fictional characters of his book, Reshma and Monica, to the jury's bedrooms. Horrible writing. Pathetic exagg ...more
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 :-)
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.
Arun Venkatesan
Refreshingly new setting - the Indian Private Banking industry. But clearly, the author watches a lot of Megaserials/Bollywood films.
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
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Chhavi
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 ...more
Sk
I completely enjoyed the read for two reasons - first one being, the plot was set in an Indian context with protagonists from two of my favorite B Schools - IIM A & B. Ravi Subramaniam has very beautifully managed to bring out issues in Indian culture & in the Banking sector prevalent during early 2000s. Secondly, coz it thrills me when despite all the issues..everything is normal at the end of the day..just like any Bollywood masala movie :D Its a pretty fun read..will recommend 1!!
Devanshi Mittal
If you want to have a glimpse at the real corporate world, this book is a must read. Also gives a background check of two equally successful people but so different in their reputation and behaviour. A relatable book though!
Shobhana
My first book on banking concepts. It was nice to get into and understand the retail banking areas. I felt as if I'm turning into a banker on reading the same. Moreover reading a book on Indian base gives some personal touch while reading and makes us get involved. In fact, I was truly inspired by the character of Swami and felt I should imbibe those and implement in my work place.

My rating was Average as the escapades of Sundeep with girls was too much of an overdose. It need not be necessary t
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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
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Dolly Meena
Finished reading the book in less then 2 days, it did manage to bind my interest till the end. Simple language but well communicated. The characters were strong and any indian bschool student/passout would be able relate to them, irrespective of d plot building around the 80's. There exist so many of those Sundeeps nd Swamis nd kalpanas around us. The one thing that held me back from rating it higher was the fact that the author tried the " all is well that ends well" & " they lived happily ...more
Dave Yan
I just finished reading the novel while having a holiday in Patong Beach, Phuket Island. I accidentally found out this book sitting in the bookshelves in the Baan Laimai Hotel. I'm intrigued by the simplicity of language use, the clever plot to sack you in, the turn-the-reader-on parts every so often, with the moving part of ending. It's an interesting book to read for fun. I believe it could be made into a film in the near future.
Sowmya's book world
It was the beginning days When i Started reading book and i can this was my first book which i don't remember how i finished. a very well written story .

A good page turner. As you go on reading so I am sure you gonna lost. The book is good show case of how the person struggle to reach to the heights of his carrier and how he will lost himself during that.

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.
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Sushrut
Ravi Subramanian This is the first book which introduced me to the banking genre. The author was very kind to send me signed copy of the book which i won in a giveaway. Except for the normal faces of the people we interact at the counters, there are people behind the scenes working to keep things going and the books by the author give a deep review of the workspace, the politics and the situations that occur given the circumstances. We fish up stuff in life and we've to make it right towards the ...more
Ajitabh Pandey
Good one for a quick read. Though the end of the story becomes quite predictable, but still the book keeps you glued. At the end Sundeep did get punished. He lost his job, reputation and a lot of financial benefits.

The writing style is very simple and uncomplicated and gives a lot of insight into banking world.
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.
Sukanta Maikap
Not a great read. A average story line to start with and a really too dramatic, and predictable finish. I got a feel that this book is somewhat in footsteps of Chetan Bhagat; to write something for Hindi movies.
Absolute no no from me for this book.
Ajay
This is the first book of Ravi Subramanian that I had read. The book is splendid. I think Ravi is one of the few Indian writers to do his job of writing well packed. The book was riveting. I finished the book in 3 days. The fastest novel I had ever finished. I never had the feel to put down the book
The book is about two employees of New York Bank- Sandeep and Swami. Sandeep is the tycoon and Swami is the king of banking. Both of them take up different routes to success. Sundeep takes short-cuts,
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Namita
Its a very nice book and I recommend it to every one who especially are not associated to the corporate or banking world. Yes its true that Ravi could have been little subtle about the romantic angle but other wise its a good book.
Ritesh Bhagwati
I have no words to describe how I went on this roller coaster ride. From the start till end, I thoroughly enjoyed every single word in the book. I really look forward to read other write up by this author. It's definitely a must read.
Anup Nair
A nice book, with good pace and very simple language. Also a message given saying one can achieve success if he has a virtue of a CHILD.
C - Commitment
H - Honesty
I - Integrity
L - Leadership
D - Dedication.
Janmjay Thakker
This was the first book of Ravi Subramanian that i have read and i was already impressed by his intellect and straight forwardness and now his writing skills have also been added to that list. It wasn't at all a tough read, instead it left me with the vast understanding of how the banking industry works from behind the cabins. Not only that, as myself a writer, i got to learn a lot of writing lessons as well.
The book is a very great gift to the indian fiction list as it can be of great help t
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Rajeshganguly
The book nicely brings out the age old saying....their are two paths people can choose..yes, Good and Bad. Both will lead to success but the final outcome will be different.
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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.

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