#BOOK REVIEW: Colorful Notions: The RoadTrippers 1.0

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TITLE: Colorful Notions: The RoadTrippers 1.0
AUTHOR: Mohit Goyal
PUBLISHER: Srishti Publishers & Distributors

THE BOOK

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Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometres across India? Just for fun!

Three twenty-something’s dare to do just that! While the two guys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy cam.

Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey all the more. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories, as they narrate their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers! It’s nothing less than crazy.

I doubted if I’d ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next best thing – I penned a book about them, and their road trip.

Colorful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.

MY TAKE

Entertaining and hilarious at times, ‘Colorful Notions’ takes the reader on a journey across the length and breadth of India. Now the question is, ‘Is it a travelogue?’ Well, not in the strict sense. It’s more an adventure trip undertaken by three youngsters of different background, with varied interest and different outlook on life. While one is bored of his lonely existence another is a foodie who dreams of food, food and food only whether awake or asleep. The third one a lass, yearns for those three magical words and a proposal of togetherness for life from the one who has won her heart.

There is adventure, mishap, horror, romance, jealousy, greed, comedy, break-up, patch-up, partying, forgiveness and much more in the 200 pages. The three encounter a lot on the way. They fight and make up. They confide and feel at ease. They conspire and acquire. One moment they are in their element and at another they are down and quiet. In short they go through various emotions. But what bonds them till the end is their willingness to forgive and forget.

There are twists & turns. One can’t help guessing at times. But finally it’s the climax at the end that makes the trip a fulfilling one.

The style of narrative is easy. Language is simple and free-flowing. Characterization is perfect.

Is there something wanting? If so, what?

Answer: – The canvas is a bit small. It’s not been able to accommodate much on the places visited by the trio. A bigger canvas covering places visited in more detail would have added value to the book. It would be a perfect combo of fiction-cum-travelogue and would have satiated both the love for a story and the thirst for information on various places of interest at one go.

VERDICT

An easy and engaging read, I’ll give this one a 3 on 5.


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BUYING LINKS

Amazon.in II AbeBooks


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THE AUTHOR

mohit

MOHIT GOYAL

Mohit Goyal is a successful entrepreneur. He has been awarded for many of his short stories earlier. The RoadTrippers series blends his love for travel, food & philosophy.

Get to know Mohit better HERE


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