The title of his book was good enough for me to pick it up and read. I’m someone who loves to travel and especially by road. India is a country where language, culture, dressing changes with every few kilometers. This book is about travelling across India and different relationships.
Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometers 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.
My Review –
The story is about three friends – Abhay (Ab), Sashank (Sasha) and Unnati (Unns) who embark on a road trip to about 25 places across India. Each of them have their own reason to go on this journey. Ab is running away from the strained relationship of his parents. His best friend Sasha joins Ab to escape from his family, social norms and to live a life of his own. Unns, who is Sasha’s girlfriend is clueless about life and joins in the journey to get some fame and to be able to be with Sasha.
From the very beginning, it is a fun-filled and emotional ride. They visit Ghats of Haridwar, cover the altitude of Leh, and visit the spiritual places and also party places.
The language that the author has used is very simple. It also has some lessons which are very simply put, it just makes you think about life and relationships.
I loved reading this book and also I must admit that I have learnt a lot from it. There are a few chapters which I thought could have been a little better like the ghosts at Bhangarh. I did not feel it was spooky at all.
I would give it a 4/5.