Book Journey: God is a Gamer

EtherealJinxed | God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

Genre: Financial Thriller, Indian Literature
Book Name: God is a Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Pages: 324
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books India

Those who follow news, and not only in financial sector, will realize the latest book by Ravi Subramanian fits snugly with his series of banking thrillers. Let’s start with the name of the book – God is a Gamer and you know what to expect.

The story of Wikileaks, bitcoins*, the madness of Farmville, the duopoly of Visa and Mastercard, rampant plagiarism in gaming industry, chasing FBI and these are only few of the things named here where you can draw parallel to in real life. The collusion between political and business people is neatly depicted in this book. Still can’t think of real life examples. Why do you think the names of politicians aren’t included in the list of black money holders in Singapore bank? Isn’t there a nexus between the same?

The familiarity with his earlier books’ characters Aditya, Swami, Sundeep and Kalpana draws the readers who have already browsed through them. Remember Aditya played the role of God in ‘If God was a Banker’, and this book draws the humane character in him.

The knowledge of the workings of financial companies is deftly captured by Ravi and thereby emerges the tale of what is touted as the first bitcoin thriller. Keeping the user at the edge of what’s gonna happen next, the book also caters to the first time readers of financial fiction. You don’t know the scene backstage, no issue; the book will give you ample insights on the same in an easy-to-read language.

However, too much drama just killed the flawless end. The climax was of course not expected, but when thought in retrospect and pieced together, many of the bits and bytes of the story made sense. But still, all in all, it felt too much of a coincidence. Love not only lets you do what is called ‘saat samandar paar’ but also kill. Love, sex and dhokha scenes have been included in ample quantity. A masala drama and too much filmy.

Spoilers have been tried to be maintained at a bare minimum and hence, the below excerpt is just a teaser

The book makes you question certain facts, but then skepticism is the way of life. Nothing is done free, everything comes up with a baggage sooner or later. And when Visa and MasterCard calls in favor from a senator in a highly influential position, you can actual count on your fingers one, two, three, when is the favor going to be called back. And erupts the change in the financial side of this 4-dimensional time-space. Wikileaks (if you don’t know, think of Tahalka in Indian scenario) exposing much more data that they can digest, knowledge in the hands of common man (the typical ‘aam’ aadmi), political parties in shambles trying to be as usual a control freak and then business people helping them in resolving the issue. Who exactly is Varun? A badass guy, a whiz kid or simply a stupid romantic. The characters have many gray areas that will be revealed as the plot thickens. (Hush hush, no more content.)

So what are you waiting for? Grab this book, buy it from store or borrow from your friend. If you have sustained my review, you can definitely sustain the book too. Just kidding!

All in all, this book is worth to be experienced.


Score: 8/10


*Bitcoin is a digital currency. It is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen.

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