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I am writing a romance novel. I have two main characters, Niranjan (male) and Jennifer. POV is Third Person Multiple (above two).

I have a scene where they meet first time in a restaurant. While the current POV is of Jennifer's and she does not know Niranjan's name.

Can narrator use Niranjan's name while referring him?

For Example, can I write "Jennifer walked inside the restaurant and saw Niranjan waiting for the free table" OR "Jennifer walked inside the restaurant and saw an Indian waiting for the free table"

Which one is correct?

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If the POV is Jennifer's, we are getting her perspective, as if we're riding on her shoulder. Whether we get her thoughts is up to you, but if this is from Jennifer's eyes, then no, we cannot know his name until he gives it to her.

So you have to describe him the way she sees him: an Indian man, a short man with skin the color of coffee beans, a tall man in a sharp dove-gray suit and a tremulous smile, etc.

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As far as creative writing is concerned, nothing is right or wrong. It's entirely up to you, the writer, to describe the scenes in your own way.

That said, writing just "Jennifer walked inside the restaurant and saw Niranjan waiting for the free table" sounds kind of lame and plain, whereas the second kind of sentence adds a slight element of suspense to the reader and sounds better. More than saying he's just Indian, you can also use some characteristics of Niranjan (like his manners or way of talking) to imply the character. At the same time, take care to give enough hints to the reader to imply that it is Niranjan, so that the reader isn't confused.

Hope it helps. Cheers!

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