If God Was a Banker

If God Was a Banker

Ravi Subramanian / Aug 22, 2019

If God Was a Banker 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

  • Title: If God Was a Banker
  • Author: Ravi Subramanian
  • ISBN: 9788129111470
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 performanceIn 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 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 than 260,000 books and has been a national bestseller.

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      • Ravi Subramanian

        Ravi Subramanian s latest book IN THE NAME OF GOD a thriller, releases on June 26, 2017Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline pumping world of global banks in India He is the award winning author of eight bestselling books If God was a Banker 2007 , I Bought the Monks Ferrari 2007 , Devil in Pinstripes 2009 , The Incredible Banker 2011 , The Bankster 2012 , Bankerupt 2013 God is a Gamer 2014 The Bestseller She Wrote 2015 His 9th book IN THE NAME OF GOD will release in 2017 If God was a Banker won him the Golden Quill readers choice award in 2008 He also won the Economist Crossword Book Award for The Incredible Banker in 2012 The Bankster , released in 2012 won him the Crossword Book Award in 2013 In 2014 he won the Raymond Crossword book award for Bankerupt His books have been translated into Hindi and Latvian He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dharini, and daughter, Anusha To connect with him, log on to Facebook at facebook authorravisubramanian or tweet to subramanianravi or email him at info ravisubramanian


    1. 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 [...]

    2. Ok few things i am learning from such books 1.IIM produces excellent writers2.They write really well, simple language, easy to digest, simple normal emotions & twists & turns in the required places3. 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 [...]

    3. 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 typ [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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. 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 [...]

    7. It is good for the first time readers. Plus points are a) Written in simple langagueb) Give insight to banking industries in India(few incident are bit exarrated)c) Office politicsd) silent message that bad move my take you to greater hieghts but eventually it would led you downPlot==== 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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, [...]

    11. 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 publishers3) Am amazed at the image Ravi portrays of women. [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 :-)

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

    15. 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.

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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.

    26. 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 issueseverything is normal at the end of the dayjust like any Bollywood masala movie :D Its a pretty fun readwill recommend 1!!

    27. The book describes the story of 2 young, ambitious bankers trying to earn a name in the Indian banking system. The story was fairly gripping and went about nicely with lots of twists and turns. I was a tad young for this kind of book. At this age with limited knowledge of the banking system I wasn't able to understand many details. Also their was a lot of sexual stuff; which might also be the scenario in the corporate world(I am unaware about this 😅).

    28. 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.

    29. 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.

    30. 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 - CommitmentH - HonestyI - IntegrityL - LeadershipD - Dedication.

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