I received Cabbing all the way by Jatin Kuberkar as a part of the blog tour by The Book Club. I would like to thank the author, the publisher Readomania and the Book Club for the book. The book has been dedicated to friendship and the author’s cab group without whom there would have been no story to write.
Twelve people agree to an idea of running a shared transport service from a common residential locality to their out-of-civilisation office campus. Twelve different minds with equally diverse personalities gel with each other to fulfil a common need. At first, the members collide on mutual interests, timings, priorities and personal discipline, but in the course of their journey, they become best friends, make long-lasting relationships, mentor and help each other on various mundane matters. The journey goes on fine until one day some members try to dictate terms over the group. The rift widens with each passing day, the tension surmounts and finally all hell breaks loose… Will the journey continue? Fasten your seatbelts for the journey is about to begin…
Twelve people who work in the same organization in Hyderabad and live around the same area but commuted by different means find the daily commute a challenge and it is taking a toll on them and they had no means to escape it. Buying a car is a distant dream for all of them.
Chandrahas a.k.a. Chandu, a man of intense self-determination with a never-give-up attitude, whose motto is ‘Help ever, hurt never’. He overindulges in finding solutions to problems be it personal or professional. He is the most energetic candidate in the cab who never says no to anything, Saina is dominating, always complaining, choosy about her needs and has an adamant individualistic attitude. Sushant, the eldest of the lot, has a loud speaker voice which he considers to be a God’s gift and also makes him the un-ignorable one. Raghav, the youngest in the group, always wants to make an impression. He is witty to the core and a treasure trove of Hyderabadi taglines. He openly violates the office dress code and assumes himself to be the Mr Cool in the room. He is the only one who owns a car. He is arguing, irritating, hyperactive and melodramatic type and his close pal Rajnish is cool, quiet and an immersed-in-thoughts candidate.
Rajnish, a gadget freak and a ghost obsessed with everything that ran on a rechargeable battery. Has immense knowledge of politics. Does not believe in combing his curls, has an intellectual look on his face and when he says something, no more explanations were required. Aishwarya, a part-time social activist who specialises in counselling men. She has a lively nature which shows up when she talks. Avani, a fresh graduate and a newbie, crowned as ‘Miss eligible spinster’ by the internal-to-company matrimonial group. With a pleasant personality, she was the winner of a recent quiz competition at the official recreational club, proclaiming her to be a rare combination of beauty and brain. Mohan never lets go any opportunity to speak in half-baked English. He experiments a lot with his moustache and his beard. He is confused, heroic and Keshto. He is a tireless explorer of shortcuts.
Vijaya, the only married lady in the group, is a staunch follower of traditional rituals. She looked overburdened with responsibilities both at home and at work. But she does not share her stories. Binodh, the author, Jatin and the twelfth member of the group, Nagesh.
Chandu takes the initiative of something like a car-pool and talks to a travel cab fellow to engage a vehicle on a monthly hire basis and calls a meeting to discuss the route, timings, pick and drop points so that they can start the cab service asap. So they chart out a route map and timings and the cab service begins. And issues start cropping in like punctuality and they have to even draft The Cab’s Constitution. They become friends, help each other, debate, fight, tease, fight, share uncountable moments and make enough memories for a lifetime.
But is it possible for twelve people with twelve different personalities to hold together??
Jump on to the cab and journey with them to find out…………..
The cover is unique.
The book is a simple account of the journey to and from work of twelve people who work in the same organization and live in the same side of the city. The language is simple and the flow is good. The use of local dialects makes the reading all the more interesting. The author has also explained the meaning of the local words in English when he first mentions them in the book. The book has been written in first person from the author’s point of view. The book is fast paced.
The characters are realistic, relatable and have been developed well. The descriptions are detailed and made it possible for me to even visualize these twelve people sitting in a Winger and travelling to and from work everyday.
The book is funny and I am sure anyone reading it would forget his/her worries for the moment. It is an ideal book to read while ‘commuting to and from work’.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the e-book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.