Thursday, January 1, 2015

Who is the Founder behind the concept of Bitcoins? - God Is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

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After reading reviews by my blogger friends, my interest is piqued about the book God Is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian. It has made its way to my long list of TRB... I certainly need some extra pair of eyes!!! - specially while editing my own errors in typo :P

My friend and fellow blogger Janaki Nagaraj has covered about Bitcoins while Pooja Abhay has used this in creating an intriguing puzzle in her her blog. On the other hand, Sonia Rao has questioned Ravi Subramanium over his depiction of women in his stories.. (I would love to hear what he really had to say about this - verbatim :P) I must first confess, the concept of Bitcoins interested me a lot. So much so, that I started tracing back the path of the history of Bitcoins. The find was interesting but didn't satisfy my curiosity. 

One name jumped out from the pages of history - the mysterious man behind Bitcoins, Satoshi Nakamoto. The faceless, identity less and the powerhouse behind Bitcoins. Why did he choose to remain a mystery? Is there a conspiracy theory behind this? 

After publishing a paper in the Cryptography Mailing List in November 2008, his last presence was felt when he released the first version of bitcoin software client in 2009. By 2010 he had receded to oblivion and the reason stated was he had more better things to do. (grammar tossing -intentional) Strange isn't it? Not only for a man who was going to change the history of paper money but also for the Governments who were ready to accept his invention without any questions being raised. 

While some theories also point towards 3 American students from Dublin who had used the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto,others point  towards a single man whose love for the Japanese culture made him take up this name. Curiouser and curiouser.. as the bunny would say in Alice in Wonderland.  But still a question lingers in my mind... Why the hush hush? Why does the USA not bring forward these people who are the the master mind behind this huge revolution of Bitcoins? 

Yours thoughts are welcome ... :)

All these questions have given birth to this urge to read God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian...

God is a Gamer 
Ravi Subramanian

The Blurb
Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai.

Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

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Meet the Author

Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—based on financial crime. His latest book God is a Gamer, releases on September 12th.

Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.

Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen year old daughter Anusha.

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At January 1, 2015 at 9:57 PM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

I am glad I am coming across all this info after reading Ravi Subramanian's book. I have heard the term 'Bitcoins' in passing but never paid attention to it. While reading the book, it feels as if Ravi S has all the answers to the questions you have raised. Fiction is simply amazing! What an opportunity for creative liberty! :D :D :D


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