Book : Colorful Notions : The Roadtrippers 1.0
Author : Mohit Goyal
Publishing Year : 2016
Page Count : 194
Format : Paperback
Synopsis : Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometers across India? Just for fun!
Three twenty-somethings 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 handycam.
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 roadtrip.
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.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway so a huge thank you goes to the author and the publisher. And it is author signed. Woop woop!
As the title of the book suggests, Colorful Notions : The Roadtrippers 1.0, is primarily a book in which the characters go on a road trip which ultimately leads to a journey of self discovery. There is something undeniably exciting about a road trip book/movie done right.
The story at hand is a story of three friends : Abhay, Shashank and Unnati, who are all Delhi born and bred. They venture into a road trip across India and decide to make a documentary out of it. Abhay has had a misguided past. Shashank and Unnati are in a serious relationship. All three of them are not satisfied with the current status of their lives and want to achieve more. After laying all of these foundations, the actual story begins. The plot is really good. Three young people just living it up : that’s a life goal right there. The story line never slows down and there is something new at each turning. The part that wasn’t very relatable for me was this : how easy it was for them. They don’t really have any “travel” problems as such. They always happen to have everything already smoothed out. I travel and I know first hand that travelling can never be such a chilled out affair. And also the whole love triangle side to the story. That was such a Bollywood thing to do.
Next, I’d like to focus on the characters. Abhay, Shashank and Unnati are like most young adults : confused, have messed up priorities and a hunger for the unordinary. Honestly, I didn’t really get all that attached to the characters. I detested Abhay when he went all commando trying to break up the solid relationship of his friends. Shashank was what you call a “good” character. A bit too naive at times but quite the balance that this story needed. Unnati is a largely sorted out character but there were times when I found her to be extremely dramatic.
I don’t read a lot of contemporary Indian novels because the quality of writing usually lets me down. But this is not the case here. The writing is well rounded and extremely easy to breeze through. The book is perfect for a light read. Also, it is going to make you feel optimistic about life, in general. I’d totally suggest picking this book up. Definitely a good experience. Waiting for the sequel already!
RATING : 4/5
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