Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Bearded Prince

Title: The Bearded Prince

Author: Rajesh Talwar

Genre: Fairy Tales & Folklore

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Put it on your to be read list: Goodreads

Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: Rajesh Talwar studied at the University of Nottingham after going to the UK on
a British Chevening scholarship in 1996. He received his LL.M in Human Rights Law. He has also participated in a programme on Negotiation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and received a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. He began working for the United Nations in various capacities. His work with the U.N. took him to places such as Kosovo, Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Somalia and Liberia.

Talwar's career in writing includes writing on different subjects for major media outlets including The Guardian, The Economic Times, The Sunday Mail, and The Pioneer. He has also published books on the topic of law, addressing law reform as well as trying to demystify the subject  such as in 'How to Choose a Lawyer - and Win Your Case.'

Review:  A wonderful new fairy tale, 'The Bearded Prince' is a must read for all lovers of the genre. The story emphasizes that appearances can be deceiving, and that often there are things beneath the surface, and motives behind choices and actions that one cannot begin to imagine until delving deeper. An important lesson for all to learn and remember.