Friday, 2 October 2015

Behind The Palace Walls - By Cay Garcia.

'Behind The Palace Walls - In the service of a Saudi Princess' - A read-worthy piece that narrates life beyond ‘The Arabian Nights’.

A short review.

Cay Garcia puts this book straight across, up-right on the table to her readers. Without much introduction to the subject of the book and the content it carries, she starts to the point. As her first job after her 10-week Diploma that turns her out as a Butler and an offer from a Royal Princess of Saudi Arabia makes her way to Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia and a metropolis that floats on a thick, black liquid that drives the economies of all the developing countries; OIL! Armed with such fathomless stock of oil that has a tight sway on every calculation of International politics and statesmanship, the influx of foreign currency that this oil brings is enormous.

Cay is assigned as a PA to the Princess. She starts facing the ground-reality after her plane touches the tarmac of the King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh. Right from the non-punctual manner to their lavish lifestyle, Cay’s words catch the chord instantly. Her observation in every facet of the Saudi conduct is a certain eye-opener. The problems faced by the expats, especially the females and the common citizens wash out the sweet facade this city and the entire kingdom has been showcasing. The life there as presented by Cay overthrows you with an itchy feeling. It makes us realize and reminds so strongly that here we are living in a paradise. The book is a quick and easy read, sectioned into a logical mode. The hold is such that one can finish reading it within two days. Not to be missed if this Royal land wakes you up!

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