Book review : Rafflesia : The Banished Princess – By Gautam


Rafflesia – The Banished Princess is a fairy tale embellished with the striking reality of a young man. Her story becomes his and they create a wonderful tale together.

About the book :

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 moment I laid my eyes on the book, my initial thoughts foamed up of it being a story of a princess. The book’s cover was gorgeous and the blurb took me into a feel of a big auditorium where curtains are drawn up and a beautiful tale was about to unfold.

As I flip through the pages and learn that the protagonist was actually a boy named Apurva, fondly known as Appu and the book was his tale linked with one of his favourite books – Rafflesia:The Banished Princess.

As we grew older, we meet a plethora of people and form opinion. The pensive Appu too cherished the same as he travelled from places to faces. The characters of Misha, Jeet, Aabir, Amala, Nanujaan, Mrinalini, Vijayan are profound, pragmatic and spontaneous resonating myriad shades of human nature and emotions. Specifically, Sujata and Trina deserve a special mention as they are pretty pivotal and almost like the strongest in the storyline. The author carved Appu’s relationship brilliantly with all the characters. The ups and downs faced by all of them, their pain, their struggle with life going in sync with Appu’s pain and struggle.

It’s all quite relatable, fascinating and convincing. The camaraderie between Appu and Rahul formed delicately yet strongly in their childhood days stays till the end was delightful and heartwarming. The two are quite a contrast to each other, like one a lull and the other a storm. The tragedies faced by the two of them are not similar but it still left a mark on their lives forever.

Overall, the book is a saga of nostalgia that happened in Appu’s life to collect fractured and gloomy memories. The climax had been open-ended. The author had left a room for readers to imagine what Appu’s life would be from there on. The problem lies perhaps merely with too much back and forth in time leaving the plot line uneven and a tad complicated. Also, in the fact that too many characters unnecessary filled made the story’s pace slow. All  good read with a virtual whirlpool of emotions.

Know more about the author , his wonderful journey and some valuable lessons about life & writing.

Writing A Book Is Like Living Many Lives At The Same Time –Author Gautam

Author(s): Gautam
Publisher: Leadstart
Release: March 2017
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary
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Shaily Bhargava is an ardent reader, keen observer, dreamer and optimist living in Noida. The people in her tiny social world describe her as an artist with camera and an eager logophile wearing the magical thinking cap to knit beautiful stories. Her short stories are published by online literary magazines of repute. Professionally, she is an Equity Technical Analyst who enjoys work of writers citing serious drama like Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri to light chick-lit romantic fictions by Nicholas Sparks and Anuja Chauhan. Shaily finds her strength in 3Cs-Chocolates, Coffee and Candy Crush.

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