book review of – "Rafflesia: The Banished Princess"

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“Rafflesia: The Banished Princess”

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 colors 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!”


This beautiful novel is penned down by Gautam. The intriguing cover and title of the story give the impression that this is a fantasy fiction but the reality is totally different. This novel is fiction but not that fairy tale types. This book has an emotional impact which is really interesting.

This story is about a boy named Appu. Short starts from a scene where 4 years old Appu along with his friends is returning to home after the school and when each boy and girl is interested in watching a tower Appu notices lotus buds. This book has so much to tell. Each character, Appu’s friends, his parents has a different story. The bond between Rahul and Appu is the most admirable relation in the story. Appu’s journey of growing up was very beautifully conveyed through the book. The character of Appu has portrayed so beautifully in the book that it becomes a real image in our mind. A perfect blend of fairy tale with reality is described in this book.

The language used is simple and the writing style of the author is fresh and connecting. The title of the book ‘Rafflesia’ which is a parasitic flower is used metamorphically to give more beauty. The cover of the book is really amazing and beautiful but it fails to relate to the story. The length of the book is really good as I love reading fat books. So it was a good read for me.

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