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The Wall Street Journal calls Ravi Subramanian, the award winning author of four bestselling books, as ‘The John Grisham of banking’. This may sound a bit exaggerated but Subramanian deserves this kind of praise. ‘The Bankster’, his latest fiction novel, proves it rightly so. The multi – layered thriller novel keeps the audience gripped from cover to cover, an effect usually created by John Grisham books.   The prologue provides a good start to the story and explains to us the structure of the novel. The novel has three...

‘Jugaad’ is something that we’ve learned from our school days. Remember those ‘waste makes best’ slogans we shouted out as we made those pen holders from empty cola cans? Well seems like the future holds Jugaad innovations to high esteem. They should in fact, considering the all round benefits they offer. Also corporate are increasingly reserving funds for frugal innovations. Intense...

When he achieves a paltry 55 marks in his English boards, Arjun’s plans of going to his dream college for further education are severely thwarted. The wounds deepen when he has to settle for a second hand college. A lot of us (even yours truly personally) will relate to this part of the story quite well.  One fortunate thing being Arjun’s friends-Pandit, Rish...

I Funny James Patterson (and Chris Grabenstein) Rating: 3/5 No matter what your age, books like Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Woods or the Naughtiest Girl series are always a guilty pleasure. You go back to those books to lose yourself in childhood memories. James Patterson’s ‘I Funny’ is sort of like those books. Synopsis: Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler who wants to win the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic Contest. He idolizes comedians like Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Wright, George Carlin and others. He wants to be a stand...

I’ve got your number Author:  Sophie Kinsella Rating: 4 ½ / 5 I was really looking forward to reading to this book for the simple reason that it is a Sophie Kinsella novel. Anybody who has read the Shopaholic Series will vouch for the fact that her books are not only a laugh riot, but also have the right emotions in the right places. ‘I’ve Got Your Number’ is no different. Synopsis: Physiotherapist...

Serendipity is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. In Ashok Ferrey’s novel, Serendipity is the name of a house in Colombo’s colonial quarters in Sri Lanka. The book is a satire based in London and Sri Lanka. The female protagonist Piyumi, a London Barrister, half Tamil half Sinhalese, moves back to Sri Lanka to take her share of the family’s inheritance,...