Here’s my take on “1000 kilograms of Goa” by “Rohan Govenkar“.
A perfectly balanced diet from the author’s pen, waiting to be devoured by the readers with its perfect composition of mystery, thrill, romance and humour.
The story starts with Ashwin Shirodkar, a real estate broker and a native of Goa. Heartbroken and financially the same , Ashwin invites his Mumbaikar college friends for a vacation in Goa. Little did he know that his friend Pratik and his sister Priya’s real motives behind the visit.
And the story goes on, secrets are unfolded and the vacation cum college reunion turns into a treasure hunt in Goa. The friends chase the gold and starting from decoding ancient maps to stealing keys, from breaking in to making a run from a party, from messing with a mafia don to serving his deeds with justice, they do it all. Bhavesh’s love for food and companionship with make you admire him. Pratik’s ingeniosity and Priya’s passion for history will amaze you. The handsome Iftikar Shaikh’s true and mad love will inspire you to be like him and love like he did. And last but not the least, Ashwin’s intelligence and the power of framing stories will entertain you to the core and the time and money spend on the book will seem to be paying off. The humour of the characters will make you roll into laughter even from the first page.
The book reveals the fact that Goa isn’t filled with all illegal drug trafficking, casinos, escorts, alcohol shacks and beach parties, it has a lot more value in it.
The best thing about the book, the description is so neat you will think that you know all the nooks and crooks of the areas where the characters visited. The author’s hard work is definitely visible .
Ratings – 3.9 stars out of 5
The book was lacking a factor of surprise which is usually expected from books like these, half way into the chapter and if you are an avid reader you can predict the plot like a taro card reader.
The prologue of the book though amazingly written leaves the reader hanging as he/she keeps expecting that the story has more to give.
A sequel to the book is highly expected as the reader would want to know more.
Talking about the writing skills, the author possesses fantastic skills of writing and story telling and the book is worth it. Moreover, someone said “No one has ever got enough of Goa, and 1000 kilograms of Goa isn’t worth missing at all”.
* We don’t need stronger laws, better policing and vigilante authorities. We just need better people.