• Book: Rafflesia – The Banished Princess 
  • Author: Gautam Choudhury
  • Publisher: Frog Books, Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd, 2017
  • Pages: 396
  • Buy the book: from Amazon 

Book 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!

My Review:

Rafflesia By Gautam Chowdhury falls into the genre of Contemporary Indian Fiction and the the debutant author has tried his best to present us with something different if not something completely radical & new. I quite like the theme and the plot of the story which is about a guy named Apoorva Sharma, affectionately called Appu and his journey from the small town of Guwahati in Assam to Leeuwarden in Netherlands.

It is the story of Appu and his emotional roller-coaster life which is a by product of his unhappy marriage. Without revealing much of the story I would say that this book is about the trials and tribulations of Appu as he struggles to find out the reasons behind his unhappy marriage which ultimately lead him to accepting his situation and making peace with it. It’s interesting how the narrative flits from the past to the present telling the readers about Appu’s life ..right from his childhood to his current life.

The language used by the author is plain and easy to understand. I enjoyed reading about the friendship that Appu and Rahul shared in the story. What could have been avoided by the author was including unnecessary details about each and every character that was a part of the story whether it was relevant to the main plot or not due to which the book has become voluminous and the story seems to be dragging and the reader tends to loose interest. Also grammatical errors could have been avoided as well. Other than that if you’re looking for a breezy contemporary read with characters you can relate to, you should totally invest in this book!