Book Review: Music Men: Badoga by Pankaj Saini

Title: Music Men: Badoga

Author: Pankaj Saini

Publisher: Notion Press

Genre: Fantasy, Action & Adventure

First Publication: 2019

Language: English


Book Summary: Music Men: BadogaMusic Men: Badoga

Wilful. Heartbroken. Bullheaded. Humbled. Confused.

Sartaj, an amateur boxer and a regular engineer from Haryana, is a conflicted man trying to navigate a gentler and more modern version of himself down south in India’s Silicon Valley. His 20s are riddled with sex, money, liquor and even love.

From terrifying nightmares to weird voices in his head, his bizarre experiences make him question his religious and empirical beliefs. At 30, in his search for something meaningful, he surprises himself when he jumps at a strange opportunity to become a vigilante and proudly brands himself a superhero: Badoga.

But does he even have a cause?
Or is his vanity getting the better of him?
Is he the good guy within this new world of the Music Men?
Who defines what is moral and whose game is he playing?
Has his past left him susceptible to a hero complex?
Are the Music Men taking advantage of this?
Can he just walk away from the mess he finds himself in or does he continue to spiral further down into the web of Music Men?

Join Sartaj as he narrates his adventures with the powerful and mystifying Music Men.


Book Review: Music Men: Badoga

Sartaj, the only son of a wealthy and influential family from Haryana, works in an IT firm in Banglore. He’s also an impressive boxer and channels his frustration and anger on the punching bags. He’s living a satisfied bachelor life anyone can be jealous of, hanging out with friends, liquor and girls, broken heart and relationships.

Sartaj learns about his powers with the help of voices in his head. He’s now Badoga, one of the Music Men. They’re safeguarding and defending humans since long time. This revelation unravels new responsibilities and expectations on Sartaj, now Badoga.

I thought long and hard about the many reasons I liked Music Men: Badoga and I think it’s mostly due to the way it was written. Pankaj Saini made his story some sort of puzzle and the longer you read, the more is revealed and every piece eventually falls into place. There’s a certain depth to his characters you never actually see on the pages, but it’s all there, in their actions, the way they behave. In the way they talk and interact with each other. There’s an entire background story and we get it piece by piece, little by little.

There is something about Pankaj Saini’s writing that appeals to me on so many levels.

First of all he has great characters. I immediately liked the character of Sartaj. He is intelligent to the point of being geeky, but I could completely identify with that. I found his voice refreshing, honest and witty. The supporting characters are great as well, from Ranjana and Vishal to other characters introduced in the story.

Secondly, we have action, action, action. It doesn’t get more amazing than reading about superheroes fighting villains.

Next we have the world building. It is so easy to step in and just get lost in the world author has created. They are so detailed, but he delivers it in such a way that it isn’t an information overload nor do you get the feeling you are being spoon-fed.

Finally we have a little bit of mystery. Strange happenings, or little clues that when dropped mean very little, but at the end Author Pankaj Saini ties them all together into some system that absolutely just works. There are plenty of questions answered towards the end, though everything is not revealed as there is a sequel planned for this amazing book.

I would describe Music Men: Badoga as a graphic novel without pictures. From the breathtaking prologue through the final page, it is action, action, action. This makes for a pretty quick read, although I personally found that trying to visualize all the choreography of the scenes occasionally got a little exhausting.

The plot is exciting and eventful and the character’s abilities and potential is endless so it’s an enchanting read. It is fast-moving and there are a few twists which really made me read faster. This was a very strong start to a series and it is definitely an instant favourite. I’m really looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.

Recent Articles

Book Review: A Silent Takeover by Sarvananda Chandrashekaraiah

A Silent Takeover was intense and suspenseful, and was a thriller to its very core. This book flows so smoothly, at a nice brisk pace. It’s one that you could easily read in a day or two if you were so inclined. There is an intriguing plot, lots of twists, some wonderful characters, plenty of clues, suspects, and a good dose of thrill.

Book Review: Finding Your Seat at the Table by Teboho Mofokeng

Finding Your Seat at the Table by Teboho Mofokeng is a tremendously valuable book for anyone who is looking not for a job, but a career that offers control, autonomy, and gives you a sense of fulfillment. The subtitle of this book reveals the main theme of the book: “Creating the Ideal Career”. This book will give you the step by step plan to achieve it.

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir is a hard science fiction novel about one man being stranded on Mars and trying not to die. It features such riveting activities as growing potatoes using your own faeces as part of the soil and repair work on multiple pieces of equipment. Mark Watney was part of a six-person crew that constituted the third manned expedition to Mars. The mission was to remain on the Red Planet for thirty-one days, but six days into their stay, a huge dust storm blew up with ferocious winds that forced the crew to abandon the mission.

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a really clever gradual unfolding of friendship and the suffering undergone by the captive population of Guernsey during the occupation of the Third Reich during the early 1940's.

Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn reads as a fascinating piece of historical fiction torn between the events of World War I and post-World War II France. Despite a few criticisms, it's quite a page-turning gem that illuminates the unfortunate German-occupied France time periods with real and historical characters brought to life in a believable fashion. If anyone has read Kristin Hannah's 'The Nightingale,' they will enjoy this book, and vice versa.

Related Stories

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay on op - Ge the daily news in your inbox