Title- Rafflesia; The Banished Princess
Publisher- Leadstart Publishers
Writing Style- 4/5
The curtains draw up. The 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 mesmerising 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 m,an 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 book is divided into three parts and juggles between past and present. However, the whole book depicts the story of Appu and his transition. This one book is a mixture of the plethora of emotions and will take you to a roller coaster ride revealing new secrets each time. I really like the plot. After a long time, I have read something fascinating. The theme of the story is memorable and is tied well together into a story. However, there a lot of characters involved in this book and the author has played with them very well although the author has chosen a descriptive writing style. The character of Appu was believable and one could find relate to Appu very well.
Negatives– I find the book was a bit lengthy. Few chapters in between can be removed as they were not much required according to the story line. Rest, no flaws.!