Tried & Tested
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.
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