”Rafflesia: The Banished Princess” is a novel written by Gautam. This is the first book by the author. The book is tale of love, friendship, loss and betrayal.
Story in Brief:
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!”
The title excites and cover is also very catchy and looks amazing. This is the story of protagonist Appu and it describes his life. The character of Appu is interesting and also makes the reader emotional because of his situations. The book has been divided into two parts, the first is about Appu’s life in Netherlands and the second half is about his life in India. The language of the book is simple and the author tries his best to connect with the readers with his writing. Except some grammatical errors and editing glitches the debutant author has done appreciable work. But some unnecessary description of things irritates sometimes and makes it a 397 pages long book. It is also a slow read.
Overall Rating- 3.5/5
About The Author: A B-School graduate, Gautam is a business analyst by profession. Considers the laptop as among his best friends and nurses a secret desire to turn an entrepreneur someday.
More About This Book:
Publishers- Frog Books
No. If Pages – 397
First Edition – 2017
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Note- This Book was provided to me by Arudhaa Book Club for the review.