13 June, 2017

#BookReview :: Confused Bastards by Manav Vigg

What happens when three entrepreneurs initiate a start-up which shocks the nation?
Aakash, Jai and Vivek are mostly usual in their ways, except for some. Struggling with their own inner conflicts as well as the cruel world outside, they decide to show the world their true potential. To make it big. But how?
They become the voice of the nation by starting up an online platform where people can upload unabashed, unapologetic videos, venting out their angst against people, politics, bosses, lovers, taboos, or just about anything. Even the founders themselves. The platform spreads like wild fire. But when has fire doused without burning a few!
Confused Bastards is not just a witty, gritty, fast-paced journey of three friends, it’s also an intolerant story for a tolerant country! 

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The blurb of the book captures the essence of the story perfectly. The book is about three friends from diverse backgrounds and with very different personalities coming together to start their own little online business. Their start up is about providing people with a place to vent out their frustrations, whether be about their lives, careers, partners or just about anything under the sun. The platform takes off like wild fire. But will it bring the three entrepreneurs what they were aiming for?

The three friends are Vivek, Akash and Jai. They have such diverse personalities that it made me wonder how they were friends in the first place. But as the story progressed, it was clear that their friendship is what made them strong. True they may have their own share of ups and downs, but it is their diverse personalities that make them stick together. One picked up the slack where others lacked. The characters are well developed on the whole.

The story turned out to be more than I initially expected. It reflects our youth today perfectly. To some extent this piece of fiction is based on our reality (especially our affinity for anything online) so much that it is pretty easy to relate to the plot. 

What irked me was the language used. Aside from chapter names like Hum Saare Bekkar, Karne Chale Vyapaar, Kahaani Mein Twist and Chuddy Buddy…, the book is sprinkled with what I call social media lingo. This is one of my quirks that I just can’t get over with – Please authors, stop using social media lingo and everyday slangs in your books. For me literature is different from everything else and it should be given the respect it deserves. If I want to read such language, I will open my Facebook or Instagram or Twitter; why should I spend hours reading your book if it has nothing new to offer to me?

Review Copy received from Srishti Publishers

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