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The Sleepless Beauty by Rajesh Talwar

Book blurb:

In a small kingdom somewhere in the Himalayas, the beautiful young Princess Ramya cannot sleep. It all started soon after her mother, the queen, passed away, when the princess was only twelve. Her father, the king, tries everything to make his little princess sleep, but nothing works. The princess develops such an inability to sleep that she becomes known in her kingdom and far beyond as the Sleepless Beauty. The king wishes Princess Ramya to marry and take over the reins of government, but the princess is determined not to marry till such time as her sleep is restored. Eventually, the king announces a competition whereby whichever prince succeeds in getting Princess Ramya to sleep will win her hand. Meanwhile deadly foes of the kingdom wait and watch in the wings, planning to launch a surprise attack. This exciting, romantic tale, with comic interludes, will appeal to readers of all ages.

Genre: Fiction/Children’s Stories

Pages: 89

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 70 INR/$1.00

My Ratings: 4/5

Princess Ramya is a beautiful soul, inside and out. Her family and the subjects love her dearly too. However, since her mother passed away, the young princess has been unable to sleep well. In a bid to find a suitor and a solution, her father calls princes from all over the world. The one who successfully puts Ramya to sleep will become her husband. Will the beautiful princess finally be able to sleep?

Book cover taken from Amazon

Sometimes the solutions are right in front of us.

What I liked about the book:

  • Tells us a simple, yet charming and inspiring story.
  • It lends an important message that the solutions to most problems, whether big or small, are generally right in front of us.
  • This is the first instance (for me at least) where a fairy tale is based on Indian culture as opposed to the mainstream western culture tales most of us have grown up reading.
  • It teaches us that there should be no restrictions or judgments on the way one showcases their love.
  • It highlights an underlying problem about age-old beliefs and customs, as to how and why they must have been brought into practice, and how these need to be modified over time, as per the change in societal norms.

Quotable quotes:

-> Travel expands the mind.
-> People are often fixed in their habits and customs and resistant to change.
-> External beauty is only one thing, what is really of value is inner beauty.
-> The true worth or beauty of a person lies beneath the skin, in his or her innermost qualities.
-> To become truly refined and educated you have to learn a lot about the world people live in.
-> Nothing in the world can ever replace a mother’s love.
-> There is something so special about a mother’s love that nothing in the world can really make up for it.
-> Even the most courageous among us sometimes carries secret fears within them, that they may not be fully aware of.
-> One needs to be rested and refreshed to properly savour the gift of life.

One needs to be rested and refreshed to properly savour the gift of life.

-> Sometimes we can resolve big problems, while a solution to the smallest problem eludes us, try as we might.
-> During the course of the day, there are always some things that happen that give you cause for concern.
-> Our body takes what our mind feeds us.
-> If you yourself have never faced a particular problem, you may not have the ability to put yourself in another person’s position, unless you have a caring nature and a sensitive heart. Only the wearer of the turban knows if it is too tight.
-> There are some things in the world, such as a good night’s sleep, that simply cannot be bought with money.
-> Wars have been sparked off through small and seemingly irrelevant pieces of information being revealed.
-> If you agree to marry someone, do so because you like what you saw in them, and not because of the size of their purse.
-> Love manages to communicate itself somehow, such is its fragrance.

There are some things in the world, such as a good night’s sleep, that simply cannot be bought with money.

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