When I was asked by Bookr3vi3ws to review The Bearded Prince by Rajesh Talwar, I saw the cover and thought that the book would be some kind of a love story. I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of the book.
After much persuasion, Princess Roopali, ‘the beautiful one’, agrees to have a swayamvara. This is an ancient Indian ceremony in which an unmarried girl who has come of age chooses a husband from among several suitors. According to the tradition, at the end of the ceremony, the princess is required to place a marigold garland around the neck of the prince she has decided to marry. She is happy to meet with all the princes who will attend the ceremony, and are keen to be chosen by her. She explains to her parents, the king and queen that she does not, however, wish to meet anyone with a beard. Over the past few years there have been a string of armed robberies by a gang of tough-looking bearded thugs. The princess has come to dislike beards. Her father, the king, explains to her that it would be discourteous for them not to extend an invitation to any eligible prince, but he would be surprised if any of them still sported a beard. Will Princess Roopali find the prince of her dreams? A delightful tale set in Ancient India the story provides a window into an exotic culture and will appeal to children from all age groups – particularly those from the ages of five to one hundred.
Beautiful princess Roopali of Fadidad, is twenty years old and an artist. She values her privacy and lives alone in her part of the palace with her dog, Jhabroo. She is all of twenty and her parents want her to get married. They convince her to marry to provide heir to kingdom and a ‘Swayamvara’ is announced.
The princess decides that she will not settle for a compromise candidate. The man she wants to marry should be taller than her and should not be fat. She also does not want to marry a prince with a beard.
15 princes from various neighboring kingdoms come for the Swayamvara with the hope of being garlanded by Princess Roopali of Fadidad.
She meets them one by one and is still unable to decide and the ceremony ends.
What happens on the next day?? Read on….
The book is simple, short and sweet. It can be finished in one sitting or maybe two, if you want to read it aloud to your children.
The author has explained in details, a lot of things, making it easy for people who are not very well versed with the Swayamvara.
The characters have a lot of moral values and that can be highlighted to the children while reading the book to them.
Overall, a nice book.
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.