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Reviewed in India on 10 October 2018
Ever been to a movie whose trailer was pretty meh but since you have been asked to still watch it, you do it just for the sake. At times this proves to be a pretty good decision but at times this could lead to disastrous results (I still remember cringing at Jai Ho). On the Open Road by Stuti Changle was a similar experience for me where the blurb just didn't excite me much but I still went ahead and picked up the book and here's my take on how the book fared on my charts.

Blurb (From Amazon):

Myra wishes to break free of her cubicle.
Kabir wonders what life would be to build on his own.
Sandy drops out of college to work on the next big startup idea.
Ramy inspires millions of his generation on his travel blog - on the open road.
on the open road - THREE LIVES, FIVE CITIES, ONE STARTUP, revolves around the lives of these restless and dreamy 20-somethings as they battle their inner demons and the societal taboos to live life on their terms. It is an emotional journey of following one’s heart. The journey entails undying friendship, love and loss, happiness and depression, fear and conquest, dreaming and achieving.
Will they be able to embark on the hard yet empowering journey to their true selves? Or succumb to the hardships on their road to freedom?
My take on the book:

My expectations with this book was pretty low to be honest since I did not have any good experiences with Indian authors in the recent times. What was surprising here was the book had a pretty good first half. The characters were so relatable to a lot of people you see in day to day life, one just cannot help but fall in love with him.

Alas! the honeymoon period was pretty short-lived. The book kinda nose dived in its second half. The characters who were pretty much lively started suffering from the same old issues that every other novel of Indian author has. At times, I wished I had not read the second half of the book as it had ruined my memories of the first half.

So, will I recommend this book? Yes, I will. And why would I do that? Because the book does atleast a few things right. It is not the cheesy romance novels that new Indian authors churns out these days. The book is pretty much motivating at times and does deserve a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting yet Disappointing Second Half
By Murtaza Kuwarawala on 10 October 2018
Ever been to a movie whose trailer was pretty meh but since you have been asked to still watch it, you do it just for the sake. At times this proves to be a pretty good decision but at times this could lead to disastrous results (I still remember cringing at Jai Ho). On the Open Road by Stuti Changle was a similar experience for me where the blurb just didn't excite me much but I still went ahead and picked up the book and here's my take on how the book fared on my charts.

Blurb (From Amazon):

Myra wishes to break free of her cubicle.
Kabir wonders what life would be to build on his own.
Sandy drops out of college to work on the next big startup idea.
Ramy inspires millions of his generation on his travel blog - on the open road.
on the open road - THREE LIVES, FIVE CITIES, ONE STARTUP, revolves around the lives of these restless and dreamy 20-somethings as they battle their inner demons and the societal taboos to live life on their terms. It is an emotional journey of following one’s heart. The journey entails undying friendship, love and loss, happiness and depression, fear and conquest, dreaming and achieving.
Will they be able to embark on the hard yet empowering journey to their true selves? Or succumb to the hardships on their road to freedom?
My take on the book:

My expectations with this book was pretty low to be honest since I did not have any good experiences with Indian authors in the recent times. What was surprising here was the book had a pretty good first half. The characters were so relatable to a lot of people you see in day to day life, one just cannot help but fall in love with him.

Alas! the honeymoon period was pretty short-lived. The book kinda nose dived in its second half. The characters who were pretty much lively started suffering from the same old issues that every other novel of Indian author has. At times, I wished I had not read the second half of the book as it had ruined my memories of the first half.

So, will I recommend this book? Yes, I will. And why would I do that? Because the book does atleast a few things right. It is not the cheesy romance novels that new Indian authors churns out these days. The book is pretty much motivating at times and does deserve a read.
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