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Book Review-Prayer at the riverfront

About the author-

Salim Hansa is a banker by day and a writer by night.


Kabir and his friends are introduced as MBA students in Ahmedabad at the beginning of the novel. The narrative continues with a few situations in which Kabir encounters Kashyap and his sister Nilam. Later Kabir meets Kashyap's parents at his PG as Kashyap had moved to Kabir's PG. Kabir falls in love with Nilam and they eventually start their relationship. In addition to inviting Kabir, Nilam and her family decide to travel to their village for a religious ceremony. Nilam's parents disapprove with the idea of admitting people from lower castes to the event, but she is adamantly opposed to it and hatches a scheme with the help of other villagers to allow them entry. The villager's cooperation, Nilam's creative thinking, and Kabir's assistance all contribute to the plan's success.

The results from the previous semester have been out, and Kabir has also been hired by a bank. Due to cultural and religious differences, when Kabir meets Nilam's parents, they decline his request for her hand in marriage. Although Kabir performs a wonderful job of persuading Nilam's parents by pointing out similarities between Hinduism and Islam, they do not accept it. Nilam splits from her family in order to wed Kabir. Kabir and Nilam meet at the riverfront near the conclusion of the narrative, where Kabir offers prayers for Nilam to rejoin her parents. Later, Nilam reconnects with her parents. She also meets Kashyap and reveals the truth about Zoya and Nancy. The story doesn't end here; pick up the book to discover more about the master plan and the finale.

"No Kabir, it's the master plan. He is the author."
-Nilam(Prayer at the riverfront)

What do I think about the characterization?

The story's characters were well-developed, and the progression of their development from college students to marriage is well-illustrated. Each character's function in the story is accurately portrayed. Although there are many characters, the author does a good job of connecting them, so they are simple to recall.

"What if prayer is energy that redirects everything in the direction of your will? Technically, praying is wishing, is it not?"

What did I like about the book?

The story exemplifies modernity by shattering social prejudices, such as the distinction between lower and upper caste members of the same religion and opinions toward Muslims and Hindus.

The story has a great flow and is written in simple language. Both the shifting of locations and the setting have been depicted appropriately. The story has hilarious occurrences as well as feelings like happiness, despair, love, family values, and anger that have been expressed.

I would definetly recommend everyone to read this book.

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