On the Open Road
It’s been ages since I’ve last read such a good modern piece of Indian fiction like ‘On the Open Road’. In spite of being a debut novel by Stuti Changle, this novel that is published by Invincible Publishers is so entertaining that I felt like I’m watching a Bollywood Movie.
Note: I’m gonna use MIF for “Modern Indian Fiction”.
When I first saw this book, I thought that this book is no different than other MIF. All MIF’s are basically a circumlocution around a love story. This book has a love story too but Stuti has beautifully articulated the love story and a startup business story.
Ok, so the story starts with Myra (I am in love her) who is fed up with her 9-5 cubicle life and thus wants to start up a business with her friends but things don’t go as planned and then … (Na Na, worry not, there ain’t going to be no spoiler 😉 )
So, Myra’s best friend is Ramy who runs a blog “On the Open Road” and our other main protagonist Kabir with his best friend Sandy follows this blog. Ramy in this book is like some sort of angel who speaks wisdom and is there for him whenever our protagonist needs him. He’s basically a traveler and a blogger who inspires a lot of people of his age with his blog, and I can assure you that most of the people who are going to read this book will gonna fall in love with Ramy. If you want to imagine what Ramy’s character is like, then just watch this video below.
Kabir isn’t into 9-5 or anything. He owns a family business and he is rich but he wants to build his life on his own. Therefore, he with Sandy, who is basically a college dropout decides to work on their startup idea.
“Somewhere between the right and the wrong, the past and the future, there lies a now. Don’t let it go. For ‘now’ often leads to a new road!”
So, the story basically revolves around these 4:
This book is an inspiration to anyone who is seeking to get into a startup. The characters are genuine except Ramy (I told you he’s an angel). You’ll relate to the characters while reading the book. This book is about friendship and love and betrayal, dreams, travel, and success and not giving up.
“If you feel that the cubicle isn’t for you, build some for others!”
The language is very simple and you can read it in one sitting.
There’s a thing though, I felt that the story is fast-paced. I mean I wouldn’t have minded if Stuti would have elaborated the incidents and the characters a bit more. The fast pace of the story dwindled the feeling and the connection between the reader and the book.
I would give this book 3/5 stars and would suggest this book to anyone who is into this startup thing or who just wants to read a light book or a beach read or just noon read.
Unputdownable, lively and fast-paced, it promises to inspire the youth to pursue their dreams.
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