Colorful Notions - The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal
- a review
It is a dream among friends. A dream that almost remains unconquered for most of the friend groups out there.
And that dream would be a roadtrip. Mostly to Goa. But, some have a knack of planning to the unventured.
So, this book was started with many expectations and let us see how it was.
Most of us would have planned a trip, when lying on our beds on a lazy Saturday evening, with no idea about our future or the next exam. In other words, plans would have been listed and those never make to the execution part in college life. But, for the protagonists of this story, Ab, Sasha and Unnati, it was not just a dream.
The novel starts with Ab trying to convince Sasha's parents about the trip. After getting their approval and a lot of expert tips from Sasha's uncle, they are half ready for the trip. The next hurdle before they start is a nod of approval from Unnati's family.
Having gathered all, Ab is left feeling that he is taking care of almost everything in the trip. Sasha is happy that he get to be with his girlfriend, Unnati for the trip.
They have planned to cover the north to the south, the east to the west of India. Whether it was a success or something not to be repeated, they were yet to find. And, the reader will find it soon enough.
Coming to the narrative in the book, it was a breeze. A gentle breeze to be more profound. Also, if the book is going to be a part of your trip, even more wonderful it would be.
Next to the plot of the story.
With Ab, Sasha and Unnati, we get a feeling that we are with them. But, if you are expecting more like a travelogue, it might not suffice. It holds more of their trip, along with their inner turmoil and their insecurities. If they are going to be together for the whole trip, they must deal with each other's habits, which might be annoying to the other.
They share a great deal of unexpected surprises which are pleasant, and some disasters which they didn't even expect to occur because of some silly pranks.
And they also face the brunt of their not so careful planning. The silliness of having planned to drive for long hours together make them delay their plans.
The story takes us to all the known directions. Sasha, being a foodie, makes sure that they stop at all the famous eateries and taste the flavour of the soil they have stepped into. From eating Idlis to Kebabs and Biriyani, they do everything.
As their trip goes up and down, they too face their inner demons and angels. And they fight to set them right in their right places. And with more and more hardships and challenges, they continue towards their goal, which is ticking of all the places in their list, and taking a numbered selfie at all places.
Overall, it was an easy to read and also equally enjoyable one. It is more about the traveling than the actual places they visit. If a few more pages had been allotted to all the beautiful places they have taken their car to, it would have been even more beautiful, for me .
Overall rating: 8/10