Rafflesia: The Banished Princess by Gautam

readingabook-alignthoughtsRafflesia: The Banished Princess

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My Rating: 3/5

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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 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!


Rafflesia is a book that gives you the feel of fantasy genre when you first look at it. But it is actually the story of Appu and a fairy tale of Rafflesia. While the book hooks you in from the first glance at cover, the story is a bit slow to start and evenafter 100 pages, it struggled to hold my attention.

What I liked about this book was that even though the book was centrally based on Appu’s character and his struggles, the side characters were well-developed and the author doesn’t neglect them. The book had certain mistakes which could be rectified by a good editor. Otherwise, it was a slow but a good read.

The tale of Rafflesia did tinker the fantasy lover in me.


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