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Don’t tell the Governor by Ravi Subramaniam

‘A political thriller to grip you in its sharp-edged claws’

‘Don’t tell the Governor’ is a financial thriller. It is the first book from the Author Ravi Subramaniam’s many books that I read. This is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. The thrill was intense, and the story was good.
‘Don’t tell the Governor’ is a fictional retelling of events that prompted one of the biggest decisions by the Indian Government. The Author has a unique way of writing a real page-turner.

Opening Lines: The phones at the Hampshire office of Le Da Spire hadn’t stopped ringing.

Page Count: 312 pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: November 6th, 2018

Book Blurb

On 8 November, when the clock strikes 12, your money will be no good. Somewhere on the India-Nepal Border, a car full of passengers swerves off a highway and plunges into a valley, its trunk full of cash.

In the UK, a Bollywood starlet wins Big Survivor, the most popular reality TV show in the country. In Panama, Central America, a whistle-blower at a law firm brings down billionaires across the globe.

And in India, a new RBI Governor is appointed. Aditya Kesavan is dynamic, charismatic and ambitious. And he’s been handed the reins of the RBI on a platter. His only job: to make sure he doesn’t rock the boat. But, unknown to him, the wheels have begun to turn, as the country heads towards the biggest financial event in modern Indian history.

Governor Kesavan is about to carry out the most brazen act of his life – and, perhaps, his most foolish. Will he be able to pull himself out of the mess he has got into or will he have to surrender to the manipulative forces behind the scenes? Running desperately out of time, the Governor must set things right.


With multiple plots in the book, people may get confused but the brilliant aspect of this book is the element of action and how the author has tied up all the events and stories in this book in the end. The storyline is riveting, with Twist after twist, turn after turn….betrayal, secrets, lies. It has everything to make the book more entertaining: Politics, Sex, Terrorism, Bollywood, Love, betrayal.

The Author also gives us interesting insights into the working of banks. Well, yes the book is complicated and full of nonstop action. And it will keep you glued till the end. Some of the characters in this book are inspired from the prominent personalities. And also major events are inspired from the events happened in past.

What is the best part of the author’s book is the attention to details and the way Author Subramaniam paints a very vivid and descriptive picture that we feel we are right there in the middle of the story with the characters. I had finished the book in two readings.

Don’t tell the Governor by Ravi Subramaniam

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Do I recommend it?

This book has good entertainment value, though it doesn’t leave any impact on you as a good book should have. Don’t tell the Governor by Ravi Subramaniam is a fast paced and action packed book for readers who love to read light books. So yes, it is good onetime read.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

About the Author

Ravi Subramanian

Ravi Subramanian

Ravi 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 :

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