Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal – Book Review

Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0

BY: MOHIT GOYAL

Synopsis:

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.

Book Review:

The blurb of the book is quite catchy and promises to offer something different. The concept of the novel is no doubt unique and interesting. I do not know if I would leave a high paying job and a comfortable life to travel but yes, I would have loved to if possible. Travelling and reading are my two passions and this makes the book quite an interesting read for me which is a novel with travel at the backdrop.

Three friends, with different likes and dislikes but travel as a common love, decide to go on a road trip of India and capture its essence. But whilst touring the country, they also experience many other emotions which are told with the help of a love triangle. Colourful notions has covered many locales like Ladakh, Jim Corbett park, Sunderban, Wagah border, Goa, Hyderabad and many more.

The book is a combination of a travelogue, a love story and a story involving a family drama.

The plot of the novel is very interesting and has potential but somehow I felt the author has included too many things in one book making it confusing for the readers at times. However, the story is simple and relatable. The narration style is also simple and lucid making the read an enjoyable one. However the author has included many clichéd statements and descriptions in the narration which could have been avoided.

At places, I found the description of the places a bit disorganised. Being a travel enthusiast myself, I am well aware of many of the places included in the book and this made me frown at some of the descriptions which seemed to be borrowed from somewhere. It appeared as if the author has personally not visited some of the places.

The title of the book is interesting and the cover is very attractive. It perfectly suits the story and flavour of the book and also manages to get intrigue a reader.

Overall I enjoyed reading the book and recommend to anyone interested in travelling.

** I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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