Book Review: On the Open Road -by Stuti Changle

“We are born several times in a lifetime. Mostly in darkness. Sometimes, we’re lost for days before we can spot the light.”

Like any other Millennial, I too always wanted to start something of my own; something that I would strongly associate with. Did I? Yes, and I am moderately proud of it; there is indeed a long open road ahead.

This book addresses the very question which our generation hates and loves at the same time; whether to leave the secure job and start your own? It is not easy and never will be, there is so much at stake and yet nothing at hand.

“Somewhere between the right and the wrong, the past and the future, there lies a now. Dont let it go. For now often leads to a new road!”

Stuti Changle has woven this dilemma with a quest of finding oneself through travelling, in a story of three people- Myra (who wishes to break free of her cubicle), Kabir (who often wonders how life would be to build on his own) and Sandy (who drops out of college to work on various start up ideas).

These three characters start their journey with individual stories having a common thread, a blog- On the open road. Ramy, who writes the blog has been a constant source of inspiration to Myra and Kabir. The stories start to converge when they decide to leave everything and travel. They meet on a trek somewhere in Himachal and decide to go on a soul searching mission. Will they find a Start up idea? Will they be able to get the funding? Will they be the next big thing?

The story unfolds and takes a shape when Myra, Kabir and Sandy unleash their inner hippie to find a vision, they all can be together a part of. Silence of the mountains can be a real mind opener, which they learn throughout the journey. Aren’t entrepreneurs, hippie? Free spirited, non conformist and full of unconventional ideas.

“We belong to a generation full of broken hearts and wandering souls, just blank from the inside, in a constant search for ourselves, looking for something we don’t know yet, in the empty spaces of life. It is not that we can’t do great things, but we’re raised to believe – we can’t!”

The book also provides a gritty take on the difficulties of pitching the product and getting the funding. It’s not always rosy; on a second thought, it’s almost never rosy. The countless pitches, rejections and drying up resources makes the larger picture, a little blurred and far fetched. The people who succeed are those who keep at it and survive the trauma.

Over all, the book connects; it follows a truer path and hence makes you wonder of your own professional choices. The last 20-30 pages came as a surprise and a pleasant one. The twist was well thought of, though I would have liked a little more narration on it (for a reader like me, it’s never enough).

“When you work on what you love; it acts like meditation. If each one of us does what we love and pour our heart and soul into it, we would not have to meditate elsewhere at any point in time.”

Book Information

Pages: 182

Language: English

Genre: Fiction

My Rating: 3.5/5


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