Title: Colourful Notions
Subtitle: The Roadtrippers 1.0
Author: Mohit Goyal
Total Number of Pages: 200
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Publication Date: 17 November 2016
Printed Price: INR 175
Review by Sohinee Dey
Colourful Notions is a book written by Mohit Goyal which can be considered as a travelogue. Three young adults commences on a journey full of new experiences – both heart felt and nerve-chilling situations. From thrilling experiences to adventurous moments, Colourful Notions cleans up nice!
Abhay (Ab), Sashank ( Sasha), and Unnati (Unn) decide to travel across ten-thousand kilometres of India, a travel escapade where they leave their high-paying jobs and comfortable personal life to confront nature at its best, visiting almost twenty five destinations and sustaining on the high adrenaline rush; a handy cam to record all the events. They start their journey from Corbett National Park and end it at Jama Masdid. The plan was of Abhay’s, but Sashank and Unnati being his friends tagged along in this road-trip! Unnati being an RJ is asked to give voice to their entire escapade and record it. These trio of youngsters hence begin their journey in the 2010 mini-ecosport. From spooky times at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, being attacked by wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers, these adrenaline junkies experiences it all.
Before I discuss the main context, let me take a moment to gawk at the cover and and say that how good it is. The cover could not have been any better and it gives an insight to the title and an idea about the plotline. The book is divided into chapters with different titles. Each chapter describing each visit. The narration was very laid back with a casual undertone. The characters kept developing with each chapter. They were cheerful, at times sad and most importantly, they behaved like humans and not puppets. I have come across many plotlines where the characters appear to be dancing to the author’s tune, but I am happy to say that Goyal lived up to my expectations of good character build-up. The language was very easy without bordering on the amaeturish level. There wasn’t much vocabulary play but that’s a good thing for readers who prefer books with easy fluid language. But, I personally like books with a grain of mastered vocab.
So, the book is a work of fiction and yes, some of the events presented in this book are real but mostly it comprises of character experiences and should not be taken for real facts about the places mentioned. Also, I felt that the scene descriptions were explained a bit too much and the dialogues fell short in contrast to the scene descriptions. So, maybe if the scenes were described through the eyes of the characters and cutting it short on the paragraphs, it would have been smoother and more livelier. That was the only thing I felt. But other than that everything was good. The storyline was refreshing and didn’t concentrate on just one main theme. I loved the fact that the plotline didn’t revolve around jus one single character. All the characters shared equal space in the plotline. To top it off, I didn’t find any grammatical errors! Yay!!
My Final Verdict—
This can definitely be read by everyone. People who are looking for a light read with easy language can definitely give it a try. Also, this book book will surely add a refreshing touch to a reading schedule, diverging from the mainstream romance books where the plotline only revolves around one protagonist.
I’ll give this book 4 stars out of 5.
About The Author
Mohit Goyal holds his Master’s degree from Cranfield University, England. A successful entrepreneur for past 11-years; he is currently heading an international logistics conglomerate with presence in several Asian countries. He resides in New Delhi. Been acknowledged and awarded for many of his short stories in past; he conceived this idea of ‘The RoadTrippers Series’ to combine his love for travel, food and philosophy.
The book is available on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle edition.
The Paperback version can be purchased from here and the Kindle edition can be acquired from here.
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