Book Review: How's the Road Ahead? by Parul and Karan

This book is your sneak peak into the Northeast India and it's wonderful!

Karan and Parul share their journey across the Northeast in vivid detail, and it's engrossing and tremendously entertaining.

If someone tells you they are going to bike through the North-East, you may think that it's "a big deal". But will you stop to reflect on exactly how difficult such a trip can be? Reading this book, there were so many stories where my mind went "That's completely crazy!" or "They're lucky to be alive!" or "I want to do that!". I don't think I have it in me to undertake such a journey, but I came away wanting to. And that, to me, is success as an author.

Karan's writing flows beautifully through describing the day-to-day and the reflections, the details of the North-East and the details of their personal lives. But there is a special place in my heart for the boxes that Parul has written. They are surprising, poignant, and thoughtful. I wish there were more of them.

I've been reading a lot of fantasy books this year. These are your standard brain-rot, masala-fare, escapist books – no different from binging Netflix. This book, which I happened to pick up because of a recommendation, reminded me of why I read – the joy of picking a book you don't know about, getting lost in the author's world, living their experience, and coming out yearning for a change.

I look forward to buying the hardcover version when it comes out. And now I know the question I must ask at any dhaba when I'm traveling :) – "How's the Road Ahead?"

Published On: Tue, 18 Jul 2023.