Finally like our cinema our
literature is also maturing. The way Indian writers are writing fiction is
hugely commendable. These days, the writers like marketers are very clear about
their target audience and the reading preferences. The writers were always
influenced by the societal happenings and it reflected in their writing. Now we
are in digital age, where money is also getting digital, so a novel around the
same plot was long awaited.
Ravi Subramanyam has done full
justice to the concept of Bit coins (controversial form of digital
currency). The story is paned across the
globe and has got revenge as its key subject. But the revenge is so beautifully
blended in the plot, that the reader can only make out in the end , the key motivation
behind the events. The story starts in US with the assassination of Senator
Tan, who is very close to US president. In the meantime in Mumbai issues
related to phishing, starts cropping up in one of the leading international
banks. The person in charge Swaminathan is blamed for the whole fiasco. What
started as a small phishing incident gets blown up and soon corporate
politics start. The plot thickens, with the Indian counterparts getting into
mud slinging act and the Americans viewing the total scene with utter mistrust.
The novel bring to forefront the ugly nexus between politicians and corporate.
It is well said at higher level only one philosophy works- I will rub your
back, you rub mine. The story also takes us into the world of Gaming apps and how
through false downloads, the position of apps are pushed.
Ravi has done thorough research
on the subject. Not only this, he has highlighted the reason behind few recent
incidents like battery blowing etc. The plot is gripping, nowhere the narration
becomes boring or heavy. Even the technical things are explained in lay man
language, one can relate to it. Reader can easily make out, that Ravi has used
his banking experience extensively in writing the book.
Why should you
read this book:
Learning about Bit coins.
Interesting story around human psyche.
The nexus between corporate and politicians.