If there is one word that could define the youth today, it would be “confused”. Now, this confusion is bad or good is a matter of debate actually. But almost everything causes confusion in their lives. Education, career, relationships (or the lack of them), money etc. Some people choose to surrender to the confusion and take the easiest way out by listening to others who want to make decisions for them. But there are others, a different breed, who do not want to give in to the confusion but strive to look beyond it and carve a way through it. Confused Bastards is a story of three such extremely confused, almost delusional, young men who take a leap, sometimes to succeed and flounder at others.
Akash, Vivek and Jai are quintessential young lads found in colleges, corporates and in many bollywood movies. They are on the edge of being responsible (and conventional) adults but also want to take a chance to make it “big” in life. All three of them are frustrated with the mess in their existing lives and decide to invest themselves in an innovative business proposition. Their idea succeeds as people become enthusiastic about this unprecedented way of venting their anger and frustration. The trio becomes famous almost overnight but their fame is short-lived as they realize the price of being in the limelight. The short stint with fame and fiasco that follows thereafter forces them to analyse their lives from different perspectives. Fortunately, they come across a mentor cum critic who offers to help and reveals something important to them. The acceptance of being “confused bastards” leads them to a new beginning.
Confused bastards isn’t a path-breaking or a highly imaginative or a deeply moving saga. It is extremely simple in story and story-telling and that is what makes it enjoyable. You will often be reminded of similar movies, serials and stories but that does not make it any less interesting. Confused Bastards is a tale of friendship that has to pass the litmus test of trust and reliability. It is also a story of grit, determination and looking beyond the obvious. It once again proves, rather harshly, that everything has a price tag attached to it.
Though the book seems to be highly inspired by some movies and other books, it has a distinct flavour to it. The language is simple and writing style is smooth. The book will appeal to young readers.
I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.