RV Raman


Surely, there must be men like Professor Moriarty in corporate India. They may not be such intellectual colossi or consummate masters, but they would share some key traits with him – wile, ingenuity, drive and utter ruthlessness. And they would understand the psychology of temptation.

What kind of schemes would such men device? That is the question I seek to answer through my novels.

Apart from bringing in thousands of crores of rupees (hundreds of millions of dollars), these schemes would have to satisfy the fabled professor’s taste for elegant, thought-through designs; designs that ride on the motivations and vulnerabilities of intelligent but weak men.

My antagonists may not have Moriarty’s guile or panache, and my detectives may be intellectual pygmies before Holmes. Nevertheless, I am taking a shot (four shots, actually) at crafting credible stories of intelligent crimes in corporate India. I plan to write four novels, each set in a different industry.

Fraudster was the first novel, which was set in the banking world. Insider, set in the Indian stock market, is the second. Two more are scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

Meanwhile, I am also experimenting with short stories (crime) set in contemporary India.

Smashwords Interview

While it is not unusual for corporate insiders to pen down the novels, revealing the murky insides of the corporate world, what in particular inspired you to write this novel?
The corporate world is a fertile ground for stories – both inspirational and fictional. It has a fascinating interplay of every emotion one can think of, and every kind of conflict. Fiction, after all, is about emotive conflict. I saw an untapped potential for crime fiction there, and decided to give it a go.
Has it been your deliberate attempt to expose and uncover the vicious and dark side of the corporate India, what with the elements of scams, treachery, corruption and crime intertwined together in a plot that leaves the reader flabbergasted?
Not at all. I set my novel in the corporate world simply because that is the world I know best.

Fraudster in entirely fiction, where I have taken great care to ensure that none of the characters or organisations reflect any real counterparts. I do not believe anything has been exposed or uncovered in the novel. None of the events in the book would be new to bankers, corporate executives or the finance profession.

Corporate India is no more vicious or dark than any other field of human endeavour – films, sports, politics, fine arts, the fourth estate – take your pick. But crime fiction, by its very nature, focusses on the dark side of humanity. 95% of the people in corporate India are good, honest folk who are busy making a living and building a better tomorrow for their children.
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Unwitting Accomplice
You set the price! Words: 7,580. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Dr Govind returns to Jaipur after twenty years ... to a murder. A cosy mystery of 7,500 words.

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