Rafflesia: The Banished Princess by Gautam – Book Review

Rafflesia: The Banished Princess

BY: GAUTAM

Synopsis:

The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours
blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold…

As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place.

What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of
Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia — The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!”

Book Review:

The first impression that I got from the cover of the book was that it is kind of a book based on some women with some sort of mystery and is a historic fiction, but the book is based on a simple story of Apurva fondly known as Appu who is the male protagonist. It’s a contemporary fiction and involves many characters viz. Appu, Rahul, Sujata, Misha and Vijayan. The title has been derived from the title of a book “Rafflesia the Banished Princess “ that Appu’s friend Pinki gifted him in which Appu finds solution to all his problems.

Though there are many characters in the book but Appu is the one around whom whole the book is written and the ups and downs that he goes through during his life. The story switches between past and present and has been presented in a very impressive manner. Appu is presently all grown up and is working in Netherlands. Some circumstances trigger his memory and reminds him of some of his past experiences and his past life.

The plot is very interesting and relatable that talks about relationships, friendships, love, betrayal and broken marriage. The author has done a commendable job while handling so many characters and weaving such an interesting story around them. The story is very emotional and heart-warming and tells about the life struggles of Appu and the circumstances he or his family/friends come across. It is the tale of the life journey of Appu that touches the chord with the readers.

The characterization is being done wonderfully. Each character has a soul of their own and appear so real that immediately connects with the readers.

The language of the book is beautiful and easy to read. The flow is nice and narration style is impressive. Every minute detail has been taken care by the author which amplifies the impact.

Overall reading Rafflesia: The Banished Princess was a pleasant experience for me. Though at some places the pace became a bit slow but overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The story and the presentation is quite intriguing and I was able to relate with the story very well.

If you are looking for an emotional, heart warming family story then this book is highly recommended for you.

** I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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