Author: Mohit Goyal
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 had a lot of expectations from this book, simply because this was a book on road trips. Initially the author dives straight to the point, from the first page itself we know that the protagonist of the book is planning roadtrip with this best friend and his best friend’s girlfriend. This makes getting in the world that is set up in the book quite interesting.
But later, as the road trip starts the flaws start to crop up. The main characters act extremely immature for their age, had the author kept their age as 15 instead of 25 it would have been more appropriate. The writing of the female characters is below par. Even though a girl is one of the major part of the book, the way her character is written lacks depth and dimension. Basically she is this “attractive/sexy” girl who randomly acts like a “Bad woman” instead of the “Good Woman” that she is. The focus on telling the readers just how attractive she is, is too much, and yet too random.
The book focused more on the drama that goes on in the character’s lives than the places they visit. They might as well not have gone for the trip. The visual imagery that one expects when one reads a travel book is missing. The place descriptions is limited to “beautiful”, or “Scenic” or some such words. You do not connect to the places they visit. Sometimes the places are not even described, just a line that they visited the following places that day and then the focus shifts to the drama in their personal life.
I feel that had the author focused more on describing the places and less on the personal drama, this would have been a much better read.
The overall rating:
- Cover – 4 / 5
- Language – 2 / 5
- Story Line – 2 / 5
- Concept – 4 / 5
- Characters – 2/ 5
- Overall – 2.5 / 5