The society aims at emphasising the role of the youth, the media and the entertainment industry in the whole peace process. Part of their programme is to hold trade, fun and food fairs in Bangkok, Pakistan and India. They achieve success greatly in their efforts and the author tries to show that if some people join hands together for this cause then there is no reason why there should be any bitterness between the two countries. All this while there is also the budding romance between Ravi and Najma. It brings itself to the forefront when during a fair in Pakistan; Ravi gets hurt seriously in a bomb blast. Najma then confesses to him that he means the world to her. The incident leaves entire Lahore shocked and that is when the goodness of the people is brought to light. Great care is taken to help Ravi recover, which he does and returns to Lahore to complete the fair and prove to the terror causing agents that this will not deter them from carrying on their endeavours to improve things between India and Pakistan.
Also, Ravi’s father discovers his ancestral home and his childhood friends in Lahore, this episode is described well and reflects the sentiment of those who left their homes and crossed borders after partition. The book also raises the issue of inter-religion marriages of which Ravi and Najma are examples. Their mothers wish they belonged to the same religion so that they could get them married. In the end though, Ravi’s uncle abruptly addresses Najma as ‘our daughter-in-law’, something that I failed to understand as nowhere before has the author mentioned that they got married. The story concludes with Ravi shifting to India. Other important characters are Modi, an Indian and Khan, a Pakistani, both influential people in Bangkok, who are friends of the Ahmeds and Ravi. In the end, all characters see hope for friendship and believe that it will spread fragrance beyond borders.
All in all, a fast paced story, some parts may end a bit abruptly including the end as I said before, but an effort sure is visible in the direction of improving Indo-Pak relations. The language is simple, though not very polished considering this is his first novel in English.
The book is 203 pages long and is published by Thai publishers, Interlink.
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