The book stands apt for the title that never judges a book by its cover until you catch the essence of the story. The storyline in the novel has nothing to do with either the princess or with the kingdom but is still well scripted. The cover page of the novel is very aesthetic and the language of the book has been kept simple though effective for the readers. Gautam, the author has lent a great amount of depth to the characters – their lives, hopes, joys and sorrows leading to the portrayals that are so impeccably human. The Story revolves around the central character Appu and his journey of life. The story balances the present and past of Appu amicably linking his present emotions to the past experiences. The author very intelligently states the title of the book repeatedly at various situations and discussion.
The story is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal that takes Appu through the highs and low of his life. The central lead Appu comes across various human forms that loves and adores him in many situations and people who betray his existence, thus focussing on grey shades of human life. The story travels you through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of Holland to the lush greens of Kerala.
Though the book can certainly be recommended for the read as it has characters that can people relate to living next door but it has certain limitations too. The story progress little slow that breaks the rhythm of reading and also due to maximum characters included in the story, the readers get jumbled between their relations with the main character Appu.