“The longest journey is the journey inward”- Dag Hammarskjöld
Author: Mohit Goyal
No of pages: 194
Publisher: Srishti Publication
About the book:
Abhay, Shashank and Unnati venture out on a road trip to discover India in all its uniqueness and potpourri of culture and diversity. They wish to make a film on their journey but the very first step looks shaky. They have the burden of getting a green flag from their parents to go ahead with this trip spanning across India for a period of three months and spanning thousands of kilometres.
As they traverse to various parts of the country from the cold lands of Ladakh to the scintillating heat of Jaipur, from the religious Haridwar to the epicentre of the party in Goa they travel not just externally but inwardly as well. Holed up in their cars for days with only each other as the company they all go through a myriad of emotions. Will they be able to complete this journey? Will their friendly equations remain the same post this journey? Well this book takes you to different parts of India along with them with a journey that will be life changing for them.
The book makes for an easy breezy read. While the plot of the story is quite predictable the character development is done well. As the book and the journey progresses we see a new facet of the characters come to live. Where the author has done well is in relating the traits of these characters down to the past incidents and the family equations of these characters. What I really loved about this book was that while some character indulges in a grey activity strangely you do not despise him. Infact you can relate with him and it makes you realise that all of us humans have shades of grey within us, this is what makes the characters in this novel very relatable.
Another thing which I really appreciated in the book was how the characters went through and dealt with different emotions like envy, fear, joy and nostalgia. I found a sense of symbolism of these emotions with the different places they visited.
If you are looking for a light read I recommend you to go for this.
I received a copy from WritersMelon for an honest review and opinion.