Rafflesia: The Banished Princess by Gautam~ Book Review

Title – Rafflesia: The Banished Princess

Author– Gautam

Publisher– Leadstart Publishing

Number of pages– 397 (quite thick)

Price – 265 INR


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 the Banished Princess is Author’s debut book.*

To be honest, at first I thought it would be some fantasy genre book as the cover says it all but no! I was wrong and if you too are thinking that the story would be some fantasy related then let me burst the bubble. It’s not a fantasy related book. It’s more of a family related one. Totally different from what you would imagine it to be. 

The story is about Appu’s ( that is Apurva Sharma) journey, about the struggles he faces, about his professional life, family and love life. The story oscillates between his present and past life. An intense story which can make you cry at times. 


Title is something that is totally a turn off for me. I mean Rafflesia the banished princess was actually one of the two books that has been given to him by his grandfather that he cherishes a lot.


Okay Okay types. It could have been much better.


Characterisation has been done brilliantly too but I couldn’t relate with the character of Appu’s for he is very reserve kind of person who keeps everything to himself. 

Writing style

It’s something which can be said as better than the story. The language and the writing style is commendable. Simple yet amazing.

Overall it’s a kind of book that gives us sad vibes also it’s a slow kind of read because you would feel that the story has been dragged a bit after 150-200 pages. I would recommend it to the readers who look for intense and slow paced read. 

I rate it 3 out 5 stars.

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