The Blurb: 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…
Cabbing All the Way is Kuberkar’s third book. He has an easy endearing quality as a writer, something that connects with the reader immediately, and builds up the interest in the story. The story revolves around twelve people who share a cab to work and their emotional undercurrents. This story has no linear plotline or a protagonist, but it is more about their experiences the group shares, their personal hopes and aspirations, how they help each other out, or fight at trivial things, their own inner conflicts. Of course with any story which involves a group dynamics, there will be a lot of dialogue and interactions with the character themselves. This adds to the flow of the book. The story is spread through the characters, although we see it mostly through the eyes of “Jatin”.
Kuberkar’s language is witty and sharp, he draws from his experiences and fictionalizes them while writing and that is clearly evident. There is a real-life quality to it. This could easily be a friend telling me his stories of cab buddies. The use of local language is apt and funny, giving it a feel that regional readers can relate to.
Behind this seemingly simple work, there are layers of human psychology of how people react in groups, what goes on in people’s psyche while interacting with each other, our inherent urge to prove ourselves better in groups. The fact that Kuberkar manages to portray the character details with élan shows that he has spent a good amount of time observing different people and drawing his characters from them. The editing is quite sharp and adds an edge to the book.
One thing I would like to point out to readers who like books with a linear plot structure with focus on central characters as a ‘hero’ and a ‘heroine’ this one is not for you.
It is has an urban feel, it is interesting and refreshing.
If you would like to buy the book here’s the link: http://www.amazon.in/Cabbing-All-Way-Jatin-Kuberkar/dp/9385854062
Please Note: I received a review copy from the publisher, but the views are of my own.