Tried & Tested

Evo India - - INDIA AT DAKAR -

Quadri­lat­eral evokes nu­mer­ous emo­tions. Fore­most among them was the emo­tion of pride at fi­nally hav­ing got­ten a gen­uinely mod­ern high­way net­work to re­place the ar­chaic high­ways from the days of the Raj that made road travel akin to an ad­ven­ture with dan­ger lurk­ing around ev­ery bend of the tar­mac. An emo­tion that was aptly cap­tured by the then govern­ment who coined the slo­gan ‘In­dia Shin­ing’ to show­case the rapidly devel­op­ing coun­try to her own cit­i­zens. That the slo­gan didn’t work is the sub­ject of an­other story but The Golden Quadri­lat­eral by vet­eran au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ist and avid trav­eller-chron­i­cler Bob Ru­pani is an ap­pro­pri­ate ode to the road net­work that made safe and ef­fi­cient road travel in In­dia a re­al­ity.

In his char­ac­ter­is­tic lu­cid style, Bob ef­fort­lessly tra­verses dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods in time to spin a story of how the Golden Quadri­lat­eral, or G-Quad as it is fondly known, has changed In­dia. In his in­tro­duc­tion to the book, Bob out­lines both the ben­e­fits of this won­der­ful net­work as well as the dis­ad­van­tages of our hap­haz­ard ways of tack­ling any in­fra­struc­ture and goes on to say, “So just like there is an In­dia be­fore and af­ter Maruti and the mo­bile phone, there is an In­dia be­fore and af­ter the Golden Quadri­lat­eral.” As one pro­gresses through the pages re­plete with fab­u­lous im­agery one re­alises the truth of Bob’s words as he show­cases how In­dia has changed with the ar­rival of this net­work. At the same time, the book trav­els through our in­cred­i­ble coun­try and all her rich di­ver­sity, con­nect­ing the In­dian from the na­tional cap­i­tal to his brethren in dis­tant Chennai while at the same time high­light­ing the cul­tural dif­fer­ences that make the two In­di­ans so dif­fer­ent from each other.

This won­der­ful read, out­lin­ing the story of how the Golden Quadri­lat­eral came to be and how it has shaped our lives is avail­able on Ama­zon, Flip­kart and se­lect book­stores.

Not many know that I’m the lone lady in the evo In­dia of­fice and when To the av­er­age In­dian mo­torist, the Golden

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