BLURB – “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 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!”
REVIEW – Some books cannot be just percieved – just as rightly said -do not judge the book by it’s cover. so does it goes for this book.The title and cover are satisfactory and blurb does not give away much of the story.
The book is a humungous read, nevertheless worth the time and patience. The story builds up slowly. It is about appu- and how life is going on for him with all the up’s and downs . It would be an much more interesting if it would be more compact. The narration is slow, but the story makes sense and is beautiful. Quite alot of characters are present as well, characterization is also done beautifully. The way incidents are described will definitely make you feel you are along with appu throughout.
Language is easy and lucid.
title and cover -3/5
narration – 3/5
plot and story -3.5/5
overall – 3/5