Book Review of The Icelandic Voyage

The Icelandic Voyage Where Fire and Ice Meet by Dr.Amit Gupta is a travelogue. Honestly speaking, I have never read any travelogue so at times I have a notion that travelogues are boring and exaggerated but when I picked up this book,all my notions came to a halt. This book gave birth to a new perspective in me.

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Cover- The cover is breathtaking and you will instantly fall for it. The color scheme is kept in mind about the place the author wants to talk about it, ie, Iceland. The hardcover looks dazzling and to add more, this is my first ever hard covered book.

Title- The main title The Icelandic Voyage purely makes sense while the sub title gives us a glimpse of a unexpectable thing, where fire meets ice. As it denotes the ice and volcanic eruptions.

Travel books strive on cliches. And mostly it is a single man on a ‘journey of self-discovery’, phew. Well, not this one. The author along with his family decides to take a trip to the outlandish Iceland. It was a huge task first of allto convince his family to side-line a trip to the sandy beaches of Italy or France and linger upon the idea of a country which has active volcanoes. After a delayed nod, they set on a road trip to discover the most unusual tourist destinations in the world. So, what sets Iceland apart, the black beaches, or a crashed plane turned into a tourist spot, or the city where the population of people can be counted on your fingers? Or the non-existence of mosquitoes & McDonalds. They don’t coincide but you cannot find one in Iceland. Read their journey about how the author faces his family’s indolent behaviour and how he deals with it throughout the whole trip. And also, take a glimpse of a rendition of ‘Gerua‘, Gupta family style.

The person who wrote this travelogue is a Doctor who is not a writer but a traveller who conveyed his journey beautifully. The way with which he described about the incidents, places and even the safety rules makes it amazing. The traveller surprised us as he took his family to Iceland. It is difficult to handle kids at such a place but the traveller managed it. I loved the witty dialogues in between. The scene where the family refuses to get up and at the safety rules, he remarks, “This place is really safe, if you leave your wife in the  car, you will find her there.” This made me laugh out loud.

The descriptions were fantabulous and the use of pictorial form is the main highlight of the book. The pages flow fantasmagorically like a river. The language is simple and easy to understand. The use of guidelines, pre planning and a lot of research makes it enjoyable for the family. The other fantastic feature of this book is when the traveller mentions about Gerua Song by Shahrukh Khan. This can surely attract us and even the readers to grab this piece. The book is written from soul hence, I just couldn’t look at the technicalities.I wish all the best to the traveller and maybe it gives birth to a traveller in many others including me.

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Book Review of Colorful Notions

Colorful Notions : The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal can be categorised as a travelogue mixed with fiction. This book will surely grab your attention because of its different motive to serve a point i.e travelling. This book would surely change the perspective of a person. It is always difficult to take a decision like exploring life by tripping but this book surely gives you a glimpse of how to live your life.

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The cover of the book is intriguing. This surely gives us an idea about a travelogue but our guess is half wrong when we read the book.

The title Colorful Notions is indeed colorful but the subtitle The Roadtrippers 1.0 has an internal meaning which we come to know at the end.

“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.”

The story revolves around three youngsters in their early twenties, Shashank (Shasha), Abhay (Ab) and Unnati, who manage to convince themselves first and then their guardians to go ahead with their idea of a road trip. Their plan is to travel throughout India across 25 different places, during a period of three-three and a half months, of cultural and historic significance. The planned journey starts from New Delhi and then moves on to other places like Corbett Park, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Manali and Ladakh, Wagah Border and Golden Temple Amritsar, Bhangarh Fort Alwar, Jaipur and Jaiselmer, Mount Abu, Udaipur, Rann of Kutch, Ellora Caves, Goa, Mysore, Kanyakumari, Rameswaram, Hyderabad, Puri, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Taj Mahal and conclude at the Jama Masjid in Delhi.

The places are more hence the author didn’t cover each and every place in the book. To be precise, these places and the checklist is really good but not much space is given to them though the incidents related to some places can make you laugh, cry.

The characters in this book are hilarious at times and we have a good time reading the book. These are characters show bond of love, friendship and tangled life. The way they handle the situations at the worst times is remarkable. It is a treat to analyse these characters. And all three of them took my heart.

The descriptions are apt as the author has beautifully explained about the mentioned places. The comic level is well maintained. Some of the incidents are dramatic and if you enact them, you will surely end up laughing your hearts out. The first person narrative surely adds flavour to it. In short, this book is blending of travel experiences with loads of fun element. It uplifts one’s mood. Even if you are not a traveller, you will surely enjoy this journey. Only the editing seems out of the place as it needs a lot of attention else it surely reach your hearts.

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About the Author

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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.