- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors (17 November 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9382665803
- ISBN-13: 978-9382665809
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 273 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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I enjoyed the book till I was half way through the book. But thenceforth, the book became the clichéd romantic lit with the overused formulas of triangular friendship entangled tale.
Three youngsters Sashank, Abhay and Unnati set out on an extraordinary trip in Abhay's Ford Ecosport. Idea, conceived by Abhay, to accomplish an adventurous trip of 10000 kilometers around India, with a list of twenty five places which represent our country's culture, heritage and beauty. While Abhay brushes up his talent with camera, Unnati lends her voice and face. The final nail is the selfies they take at the twenty five places with the number placard.
The roadtrippers' experiences at different places are interesting to read. Author has provided several tips as what to do and what not but when the storyline took a romantic twist, the focus was shifted from the places and landmarks. With perspicuous narration, dexterous character craft and unique theme, author has succeed in hooking the readers to the book.
There were a few offensive statements, atleast that's what I felt. "It's difficult to see a man cry". Why man only? What about women?
The terms like potato, fatty etc could have been avoided in the narration at least.
The story ended in a good note. Nothing unexpected but simple and sweet anyways.
This review is in return of a free book from author paradise
Starting at Corbett Park and ending at Jama Masjid Delhi, what looked like a normal get away changed their life giving them new reasons to live for.
Sashank found the courage to fulfill his sole wish and Unnati found her love life sorted. Abhay, apart from gaining life experiences on the trip, gained something more precious than all, his family.
Apart from life lessons, they also have tonnes of fun, creating all sorts of nuisance that youngsters do. Some crazy, some pleasant, some eerie and some serious enough to have shoved them into jail.
They find new opportunities, robbers and wild animals as well.
The roadtripping isn't the only thing that the author had written about, he also writes about some devious thoughts that make Abhay lose his sanity as well.
The book has a casual start and the author keeps dropping hints that builds anticipation to explore the story behind those hints.
The language is simple and easy to grasp and the book happens to be a light read.
Ratings- 2.5 out of 5 stars
At first I had the view that the opinions of the author about the places the trio/duo visit could be taken into consideration by anyonr interested in a tour of same sorr but his review on the Jagannath Temple of Puri made me reconsider my view. That place is not just about the three deities, it's about feasting your eyes on the majestic architecture of the temple along with the 33 crore idols craved on the temple walls (Yeah you read right, that's the number)
The place has a museum, a botanical garden, a series of mysterious steps with rumours that lead to nowhere, numerous small temples within the temple and yet the characters in the book call it not wortg a visit, I would really appreciate if the author revisits the place and hires a Panda( Though they are expensive) to let them be aware of the rich heritage that place beholds. It can raise some serious controversy lest some devotees of the temple come across the book.
I cannot say the book to be informative anymore regarding the travel as I couldn't agree with the opinion about the one place I have visited.
The reviews on the food can surely be taken into consideration as I have confirmed the places from a few local mates. Especially, Hotel Paradise and its biriyani.
The chapter "Lama for life" is the best chapter in the entire book and I can suggest the book to anyone who reads just for the sake of them reading the chapter. Really appreciate the author for adding the chapter in the book.
Reviewed by- Banaja Prakashini
Abhay a.k.a Ab who was all determined to have a grand roadtripping experience with his chuddy buddy Sashank a.k.a Sasha and his girlfriend Unnati. They planned to cover a distance of more than 10,000 km on their mini-SUV also called beast by Ab. Their journey included India's 24 must visit places starting with Corbett National Park. Ab who was the cameraman, producer, director of the of the trip shot all he saw through the journey and Unnati gave voice over the entire time. All sort of journey have ups and down and they have to like the stampede at Wagah border for which they are only to be blamed. The spooky night stay at Bhangarh really instil chill down the spine when Ab heard that strange voice. Udaipur brought them the good news as a producer of Bollywood agreed to make a movie out of thier journey and that added a new zeal to the Roadtrippers.
My favourite part was when they all gather around the bonfire and angry Unnati was asked to share her love story by peoples around. I loved it for the simplicity the story has and it brought back memories. And I would end here with the line used often by Ab, 'every person is hero in his mind'.
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