“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!”
“Those who live in the clouds for their comfort will see fall one day, ’cause reality is here on the ground”
People tend to cocoon themselves in the realms of their imagination, escaping the reality when it gets tough and takes depressive routes. Apu had a cocooned life, he lived in the tale of a princess, in her kingdom which fascinated him, pulling him in; but it was beyond reality and not everyone was able to appreciate it, even his married life gets chaotic in this regard. But will it end badly? will he be able to evolve into a butterfly? Grab a copy to know more, to see life and fantasy through Apu.
I loved the concept and title, the characterisation of Apu even though a bit too much was able to reach me well; his character is a part of everyone I suppose. The idea of Rafflesia and the princess even though made it stand out, the integration was not smooth. The story took a very dull and depressing turn at points, but then that is what it takes for the theme I guess. It made me remember a quote a read recently, “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how light gets in”
At the end of it, it was a decent read and Apu will live in my mind for a while. I will rate this 3.75/5 🙂
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About the Author
A B-School graduate, Gautam is a business analyst by profession. Considers the laptop as among his best friends and nurses a secret desire to turn an entrepreneur someday.