Review Pen: Colourful Notions:The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal

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Book– Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0
Author– Mohit Goyal
Previous Works– Debutant Novel
Author Contact– www.theroadtrippers.in
Publishers– Srishti Publishers
Number of Pages– 194

Blurb
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 boys 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. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories while narrating 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.

Review
Abhay, Sashank and Unnati, three youngsters, embark a journey to travel to about 25 places in India, by road. Abhay plans to capture the journey on his camera with Unnati as the voice of the journey while Sashank makes his food fantasies come true.
Starting at Corbett Park and ending at Jama Masjid Delhi, what looked like a normal get away changed their life giving them new reasons to live for.
Sashank found the courage to fulfill his sole wish and Unnati found her love life sorted. Abhay, apart from gaining life experiences on the trip, gained something more precious than all, his family.
Apart from life lessons, they also have tonnes of fun, creating all sorts of nuisance that youngsters do. Some crazy, some pleasant, some eerie and some serious enough to have shoved them into jail.
They find new opportunities, robbers and wild animals as well.
The roadtripping isn’t the only thing that the author had written about, he also writes about some devious thoughts that make Abhay lose his sanity as well.

The book has a casual start and the author keeps dropping hints that builds anticipation to explore the story behind those hints.
The language is simple and easy to grasp and the book happens to be a light read.

Ratings- 2.5 out of 5 stars

At first I had the view that the opinions of the author about the places the trio/duo visit could be taken into consideration by anyonr interested in a tour of same sort but his review on the Jagannath Temple of Puri made me reconsider my view. That place is not just about the three deities, it’s about feasting your eyes on the majestic architecture of the temple along with the 33 crore idols craved on the temple walls (Yeah you read right, that’s the number)
The place has a museum, a botanical garden, a series of mysterious steps with rumours that lead to nowhere, numerous small temples within the temple and yet the characters in the book call it not worth a visit, I would really appreciate if the author revisits the place and hires a Panda( Though they are expensive) to let them be aware of the rich heritage that place beholds. It can raise some serious controversy lest some devotees of the temple come across the book.

I cannot say the book to be informative anymore regarding the travel as I couldn’t agree with the opinion about the one place I have visited.
The reviews on the food can surely be taken into consideration as I have confirmed the places from a few local mates. Especially, Hotel Paradise and its biriyani.

The chapter “Lama for life” is the best chapter in the entire book and I can suggest the book to anyone who reads just for the sake of them reading the chapter. Really appreciate the author for adding the chapter in the book.

Reviewed by– Banaja Prakashini

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