Review: The Surrogate Lies by Shantanu Munshi

The book Surrogate Lies is unusual since it is the story of trip to a wildlife sanctuary. The story is narrated by a writer paul who is originally from a small town Khargone in Madhya Pradesh and leading a fairly boring life in Mumbai, barely making enough to cover his expenses. While traveling by train in the Mumbai, he meets Hazare, a consultant. They immediately get along well, and Hazare invites Paul to accompany him on a trip to the Gir Forest in Gujarat, which his client Mr Merchant has been inviting him top for some time. Like Paul, Hazare is also single and is looking for company.

Along with Hazare, Paul sets off for the Gir forest on the trip and they are accompanied by a person Raj who is the owner of the sports utility vehicle. The book has a fairly interesting account of the road trip in India, where the person traveling are always monitoring the distance covered, to find out how much longer they will take to reach their destination. Raj drives the vehicle at a high speed and the vehicle breaks down in between. While having the vehicle repaired, they meet a foreigner whose two wheeler also has broken down. They offer to help the foreigner by offering him a lift, and they together reach Gir. He has also described the preparation for the trip and the food available at roadside dhabas well.

At Gir, they meet the forest department staff, and they realize that Ben is a wildlife expert who is closely working with the forest department to catch a gang of poachers. Their host at Gir, Mr Merchant is extremely rich and has a reputation for eccentricity. Though he is not present at Gir, when his guests reach it, he makes suitable provisions and arrangements so that his guests get a warm welcome at the tree house. Mr Merchant is a good judge of character and has hired a very efficient lady Padma to look after the tree house, and the hospitality of the guests. The adventures of this group in the Gir Forests are described in the rest of the book.

The book is interesting since it describes the life of single self employed people with no romantic interests fairly accurately. The adventure in Gir Forests is also described in great detail, so most nature lovers will enjoy the book.
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The Surrogate Lies
Author: Shantanu Munshi
Publisher: Half Baked Beans Literature, 2017
Pages: 227

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Review: Colorful Notions, The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal

Colorful Notions The Roadtrippers 1.0 is a travelogue which describes the journey of Abhay,his friend Sashank and his girlfriend Unnati all over India in a road trip in their vehicle to experience the food, culture and check out the different landmarks all over India.Abhay is from a rich family, however he does not have much of a family as his parents are divorced, and his father is too busy with his business to give him any attention. Sashank is from a business family, helping out and loves eating which is reflected on his body. Unnati is working in a radio station, and is accompanying them so that she can give voiceovers in different places which they are visiting

The friends hope to make a road movie about their experience and get funding, help from Bingo Production after they have partly covered north India in Udaipur. They cover most of the states in India, except the north east, from Ladakh and Kashmir in the north, Kutch in the west , Sunderbans in East and Kanyakumari in the south. In particular goa has been described in great detail, especially the parties, where drugs are being used widely. The weather conditions in Ladakh, and the health problems faced are also described. The treacherous terrain of Kutch which has damaged their vehicle is also described, indicating the risk of visiting places without a guide.

While visiting the Sunderbans in West bengal to get a glimpse of the Royal Bengal Tiger, Unnati meets with an accident, is hospitalized and forced to return to delhi. After they visit Agra, they are mugged by robbers who pose as policemen, and they lose everything including their mobile phones and vehicle they were driving. This again highlights the problems faced travelling in India, as there are many fraudsters at different places looking for a chance to loot people. Fortunately the head of Bingo Productions Suraj is very powerful and influential, so those involved in the crime are quickly apprehended and their vehicle, equipment recovered,

This shows the different set or laws for indian citizens, for example the domain investor owning this website has been cheated by google tata sponsored brahmin frauds nayanshree,siddhi mandrekar, veena exploited by slim westernized goan bhandari sex worker sunaina chodan, 2013 bsc, goan gsb fraud housewife riddhi nayak,gujju housewife naina, asmita patel, ruchika king and other google, tata sponsored fraud R&AW/CBI employees , and despite complaining repeatedly , she has not got any kind of justice. However the police and others, especially R&AW,CBI refuse to take any action against these frauds, though proof like bank details, income tax returns can be easily provided. However the police are quick to take action when powerful people like Suraj are involved.

This book is also about relationships especially among family members and young people. Unlike a few decades ago, many young people like vvip goan R&AW employees sunaina, siddhi are having a live in relationship with their boyfriend/girlfriend. Some people like Abhay are unfortunate that they do not have many close relatives, family members, while others living in joint families have many relatives close to them. Increasingly indian intelligence and security agencies are targetting wealthy indian citizens, without close relatives and friends for identity theft. It also shows that many couples who do not get along with each other, remain married only for the sake of the child, and get divorced after their child grows up.

Interesting book about the different places, relationships in india.

Review: Colorful Notions, The Roadtrippers 1.0
Author : Mohit Goyal
Publisher: Srishti Publishers 2017
Pages: 194