Title– A Road Not Traveled
Author– J. Alchem
Publisher– Story Mirror
Number of pages– 198
Price– 225 INR
Review (Spoiler Alert!)
Starting with the title, “A Road Not Traveled” sounds adventurous but it didn’t stand on to the level I’d imagined it to be. And then the subtitle “Can the world be a single country” is exactly what has been discussed inside the book, so no complaints here.
The cover of the book is simple and I liked its simplicity. Plain blue background with author’s achievements on the top, his name at the bottom, and the title along with the subtitle in the middle. The title “A Road Not Traveled” written in all capital letters with a globe instead of “O” in “Road” with a magician’s hat placed on the globe, of course representing Albormi Menhtis, one of the lead characters, and a red heart inside “A” of the word “Road”, this actually represents the motive of the book very well which is to unite the whole world and spreading love.
Coming to the book itself, starting with the acknowledgment, as it was unique so I thought why not mention it. It’s damn humorous but it loses its humor after 2nd page, it’s much longer than it should have been. Then the preface which is more like a philosophy and had no whatever connection to the story but it was good in itself.
The story starts with the narrator, Niorgast Stinvins sitting in a cab and telling the driver his destination where he has been invited by an unknown phone call. There at his destination, he meets all the other three lead characters, Doillin Flenk & Bakintin Lenit whom he becomes friend with, and Albormi Menhtis, the person who had invited them all. Together, from there, they start a mission of “One Country World”, whose benefits have been discussed in the book.
Now let me break something out to you that it’s not a unique concept. Probably you at some point in your life would have wished that country boundaries wouldn’t have existed, and also The European Union is the same.
To approach their mission, they make a plan of bringing development in the most backward state so that they could easily gain national attention and then bringing development at national level to gain international attention and for this, they make schemes, offer them to government and make them accept their schemes, till now it was all digestible with the help of hajmola but then they bring development with such an ease and in such short periods, like it was halwa-puri, as like nobody prior to them tried such schemes .
And in the meanwhile, narrator was also narrating his untold love story (more kinda crush story) with his teacher while doing MBA which was totally irrelevant but I was enjoying it but then all of a sudden the girl leaves without telling him anything and later start leaving him a series of anonymous letters and when they finally meet, she tells him that she had leukemia (cancer…so dumb, no?) and she didn’t want him to get hurt, so she left. I’m hell tired of these irrelevant untold love stories.
The fantasy goes on and on, and the narrator along with Flenk and Lenit are taken into hostile by their own country in doubt of information leakage… like, seriously?… so dumb again, what a layman even knows that they can leak information, they were mere scheme makers. But with efforts put by his love Sidzy (the teacher), they are freed when later Albormi is found to be the traitor; he was leaking information, while he was not even in govt. officials or RAW things… LOL, so dumb again.
After then, they give up on their mission of “One Country World” and the story ends with the narrator going back home with Sidzy and getting intimate there.
So at the conclusion, this book has nothing new, the approach shown is so dumb, then the irrelevant ghisa-pita untold love story with leukemia was so irritating and then comes the govt. taking them in hostile…..ugghhh…..was dumb.
I rate it 2 stars out of 5 and leave it up to you guys whether you want to read this book or not.
J Alchem is a voracious reader and critically acclaimed author. He is the winner of StoryMirror 2015 ( A nation wide writing competition), NaNoWriMo -2015 and super hero storyteller (2014). He has written in several magazines and newspapers and received the appreciation for the same. His stories have been published in numerous anthologies such as blank Space, Love Bytes and Mighty Thoughts and on various online channels. He is actively involved in writing quotes and short write-ups which have often seen circulated among youth on Facebook, Whatsapp and other social media platforms.
H-A-P-P-Y R-E-A-D-I-N-G. :)