“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!”
“Life is never a fairy tale, reality can be sour yet sweet”
Appu is not someone whom you can call a protagonist, he is an introvert, day dreamer, not-so-smart… someone whom people might tag, useless. Even his wife wishes to leave him, dissolving their marriage. But is he that much of a mob-character?! or does he fit right for the spotlight? Is too much to live in a fantasy land, escaping reality? What does reality hold for Appu? What relation does Rafflesia hold to the story and Appu? Grab a copy to enter the world of Appu and travel along with him on his journey of life where reality and fantasy collide.
I found the story something different, there was a beauty (might be the depressing feel, dark is beautiful too) to it especially the characterisation of Appu, the one who lived in fantasy but was forced out of it; he faltered but he was able to take those small yet powerful steps out of his cocoon to evolve owing to his friendship with Rahul. The concept is good but the presentation could have been better, the connection of Rafflesia, the fantasy princess, and life of Appu felt a bit forced, it was not very much convincing. The book needs a good editor’s hand too since there was a share of grammatical errors and sentence framing issues in the content.
The writer’s effort to stand out with regards to the title, book cover and concept is to be appreciated and I indeed find potential. I will rate this book 3.5/5 🙂
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