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Don't Tell The Governor Paperback – 6 Nov 2018
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About the Author
Ravi Subramanian is the award-winning author of nine novels. His stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. He has won the Economist Crossword Book Award for three years in a row as well as the Golden Quill Readers' Choice Award. Visit him at www. ravisubramanian.in
From the Publisher
A Conversation with Ravi Subramanian
Q. The way you use fact to launch off fiction is fascinating, and very effective. Tell us a little about that?
Isn’t all fiction nothing but an exaggeration of fact? I write thrillers; thrillers which keep you on the edge of the seat. And when you write such stories, the key element which connects with readers is the relatability of the plot. Unlike romance novels where a little bit of outlandish thinking is absolutely fine, thrillers demand that the story be as close to real life as possible, yet unpredictable. That said, when I write my thrillers, I try to make sure that the story is not entirely about ‘what is’. Rather, I try to imagine scenarios and create stories, which are about ‘what could be’.
Q. What kind of research went into Don’t Tell the Governor?
Whenever I write a book, I research intensively. The entire research process not only gives my ideas for the book, but is also a process of learning and self-discovery for me.
Don’t Tell the Governor is a curious coming together of money, regulators, show biz, cricket and emotions. In terms of expanse and subjects, this is possibly the largest canvas I have painted on, yet it is my shortest novel.
The research consisted of reading up about the Regulators, meeting some past RBI Deputy governors, understanding the relationship between the finance ministry and the regulators, talking to a few influencers in Bollywood, reading up about financial scams, understanding the currency printing and fake currency rackets etc etc., the list in endless.
Q. The book brings together the holy trinity of cricket, politics and the entertainment industry. Tell us about bringing those threads together?
Money and power is the common thread that binds Banks, Politics, Cricket and entertainment. So, when one writes a financial thriller in this backdrop, the common thread has to be money. And when the story involves an RBI Governor and his life, you don’t have much of a choice.
Q. Aditya Kesavan is an immensely complicated protagonist, which so many shades of grey. Tell us a bit more about him, and the inspiration behind creating him?
Yes, Aditya Kesavan is a complicated protagonist. Broken marriage, infidelity, extremely high on intellect, Greek god looks and a powerful position at the helm of the banking regulator – it is a powerful concoction indeed. He wants to do too many things too fast. He is one of the strongest individuals around, yet in his own way he is very weak. This creates a conflict which he struggles to deal with.
Q. Do you have a favourite character from the book? Or a favourite part of the plot?
The favourite part of my plot is the twist that comes in the last chapter of the book. No one can see that coming. And that’s because when I was writing the book, I didn’t have that twist in mind. If I couldn’t see it coming, there is some chance in hell that the reader would.
Q. What about writing financial thrillers is the most exciting for you?
The fact that I am able to bring to the reader, in a simplified way, stories about an industry that has always intrigued, fascinated and often intimidated the reader.
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The book though is gripping, is not very convincing in the end.
1. If the currencies were rendered invalid after the demonetization, how was Vicky to benefit from the 1000 crores he had siphoned off to St Kitty as said in the last chapter.
2. If the Government was indeed concerned about the interest of the nation(as was being projected in the book), they would have never given the contract Le Da Spire for printing the new currencies, because Le Da Spire had in the past supplied same papers and machines to Pakistan, which resulted in fake currency in the first place.
Lastly, in short, the storyline says the demonetization was done just to render the money in the hands of terrorist invalid. The character of Pallavi, Choksi, Vicky etc had nothing to do with it. Two very different stories in one book, with the Governor sandwiched in between them.
Doesnt live upto the expectations of fans like me😞