INSIDE MY HEAD
Though he has gotten used to his salary and his job at Grant Motors, Sarvesh still finds himself waking up in the middle of the night, his heart pounding with the excitement of a Neo-racing dream. The technologically advanced cars and the smell of the burnt runner of the tyres haunt him all the time.
When Neo-racing creates space for a teal from India. Sarvesh is determined to be a part of it. Tagging along as a non-descript member of another giant team is not going to suffice. Along with his best friend Rags, he is determined to lead his own team on to Neo-racing race circuits.
Naaz is an orphan who has been raised in a garage and has never studied beyond the fourth grade. She has taught herself all that she knows about cars by working alongside sweaty mechanics. This knowledge allows her to deduce in three seconds that the car design created by Sarvesh and Rags will not qualify for Neo-Racing.
Friendship is tested, loyalties are questioned and spirits are broken in this challenging race to achieve an impossible dream.
Racing, a thing that has lured countless passionate youngsters onto the tracks, just to feel the rush of it all. The author seems to be a fan too, or else she is just too exceptional at imagining.
“Remember the first time you had sex………….A touch was responded with another touch. The sensible touch part of the brain tried to struggling through the gathering fog to remind you to do everything right. There can be only one first time. Whether it turned out to be your worst nightmare, or made every other dream pale in comparison, the ‘first time’ always stayed with you.
Racing to me is like having sex. For the first time. Everytime”
I liked this para a lot, and subsequent paras like this that the novel was studded with. Besides, the author has also successfully maintained a good flow all through the book, knitting incidents into a respectable story.
The language of the novel is simple and straight-forward, and unlike the tendency of novelists, the author here has kept the sentence short and crisp, nicely complimenting the pace of the story.
“The horseshoe felt cold against my skin. I pushed hard on the pedal, and swerved around the car. I watched in the rear view as the distance between us increased fractionally. When the black and white chequered flag whooshed down my visor I whooped-this one time, I was not going to be the second best”
But, I would have liked a little more introspection of the characters, especially Sarvesh. Would have given more depth to them.
Now coming to the story, I absolutely loved the idea. But everything became so cliché after a while, the twists and turns. The ending was apparent too. I liked the characters though, especially Naaz. But down the road, the author went a bit too far with her talents too. Making a car in five days is something that I can’t see happening with that workforce!! And also some incidents while Sarvesh racing seemed too unrealistic. He had never raced before in his life, and suddenly he is India’s top racer in a week. But I guess this kind of melodrama was needed for the protagonist to attain such dreams, and provide a hunky-dory ending to the readers.
But, despite the plot being a little obvious, I have to say I liked it, especially because of the maturity I find in her language. Hope she writes more, and writes well 🙂
Publisher: Leadstart Publications.
Number of Pages: 389
ISBN 10: 9789382473459
ISBN 13: 9382473459
Stars: 3.5 /5