Sunday, 4 December 2016

Book Review- Colourful Notions by Mohit Goyal

Book Details-
Book Name- Colourful Notions The Roadtrippers 1.0
Author- Mohit Goyal
Publisher-Srishti Publications
Price- ₹175

BLURB- 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.

REVIEW- Colorful Notions is a travelogue which not only covers the places given in the book but also covers the changes in characters as the road trip continues, which makes this book even more relatable and interesting.

Book Title and Cover- The book's title is interesting. The word Roadrippers alone was enough for me to pick this book up. The cover is appropriate with the content and suits the title. The blurb is short and up to the mark.

Language and Narration- The language used in the book is simple. Its narration is decent and the overall storytelling skills of the author kept me hooked on the book. All the places are well described, which leaves the readers visualizing all the places the characters were going. I also liked the short yet intriguing chapter names, which increased the curiosity about the next place.

Characterization- Abhay, Sashank and Unnati are the three main characters of the book. Abhay is the director, producer and cameraman of their short story. Sashank is Abhay's best friend and a hardcore foodie. Unnati is the voice cover of the short film. She is Sashank's girlfriend.

I liked the way the author described the transformations within the characters as the road trip continued. It was interesting to read Abhay's past and Sashank-Unnati's mushy romance which added flavors to the story.

Theme- Though the main theme of story is Travel and Adventure, it also includes Friendship and Romance.

Storyline and Plot- The story starts with the characters seeking permission for the road trip from their family, with the help of each other. It was fun to read and relatable. The story continues with the adventures and few troubles on the road trip. In 75 days, Abhay, Sashank and Unnati travel almost all over India. It was fun to read the picturesque details of all the places. I loved the interaction the trippers had with locals.

Book Title and Cover- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 3.5/5
Storyline and Plot-3.5/5

Overall Colourful Notions is interesting book to read if you're bored reading simple romantic tales.

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