Prelude to a Riot

Prelude to a Riot

In a peaceful southern town, amidst lush spice plantations, trouble is brewing. In the town live three generations of two families, one Hindu and the other Muslim, whose lives will be changed forever by the coming violence. At risk are Dada, the ageing grandfather who lovingly tends and talks to the plants on his estate; his strong-willed grandchildren, Abu and Fareeda; the newly married Devaki, who cannot fathom the forces that are turning her husband and her father into fanatics; Mariam, of the gifted hands, who kneads and pounds the fatigued muscles of tourists into submission; and Garuda, the high-school teacher who, in his own desperate way, is trying to impart the truth about the country’s history to a classroom of uninterested students. Quietly but surely, the spectre of religious intolerance is beginning to haunt the community in the guise of the Self-Respect Forum whose mission is to divide the town and destroy the delicate balance of respect and cooperation that has existed for hundreds of years. Told with brilliance, restraint and extraordinary power, Annie Zaidi’s book is destined to become a classic.

Title:Prelude to a Riot
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9789388292818
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    Prelude to a Riot Reviews

  • Megha

    There are some books which are so culturally and contextually relevant that you just cannot help but furiously recommend it to every single person. These books either shake you out of your stupor or j...

  • Mridula Gupta

    In an unnamed village down south, a riot is brewing. Organized with vitriolic determination by the members of the 'Self-Respect Forum', this movement is dividing people between 'them' and 'us'. Their ...

  • Chitra Ahanthem

    Complex history, convoluted present or is it convoluted history and complex present? This is foremost what Annie Zaidi positions in ‘In Prelude to aRiot’, where each character takes the reader in...

  • Tanuj Solanki

    'Prelude to a Riot' has a big cast, and almost everyone gets to soliloquize. 'The searing loneliness of women as they confront the spectre of bigotry' (from Paul Zacharia's back-cover endorsement) is ...

  • Khyati Gautam

    Prelude to a Riot is a seemingly impressive novel about the impending riot in India. Set in an unnamed town, the book is divided between soliloquies of members of two families - one Hindu and the othe...

  • Tiyasha Chaudhury

    QOTD: Do you like to read books based on their covers? If so, then why?.Prelude To A Riot is one such read which attracted my heart to it based on it's beautiful and minimalist cover that I truly ador...

  • Shruti Sharma

    A 200 page book that will make you think deep. It's definitely one of my favorite reads of 2020. The short chapters in the form of soliloquies take you inside the mind of the characters and that's wha...

  • Saimon (ZanyAnomaly)

    a very essential read for the times we live in. not sure how I feel about the ending, need to sit and think on it further....

  • Sahil Pradhan

    To look into the flaws is the generalised motto of Prelude to a Riot, to look into all that remains unnoticed till the calamity befalls. The silence before the storm, the signs of a failing relationsh...

  • Surabhi Chatrapathy

    A fragmented novel as an eerie reflection of today's Indian society. Composed of soliloquys, the book is set in a fictional south Indian town. Tensions are smearing, the fault lines are cracking, and ...