Book Title: Unforeseen
Author: Chandan Sen Gupta
Format: Paper Back
Total Number of Pages:340
Publisher: Notion Press
Publishing Date:23 March 2018
When Yousuf, the young Pakistani teacher from Rasoolpur, sets off for India with his family for the lifesaving surgery of his ten-year-old daughter, little does he realise that his sojourn would soon turn into a nightmare from which there was no awakening. His unforeseen ordeal, which begins on the train from Lahore, continues as he is wrongly implicated in a murder at an Old-Delhi hotel. Convinced that the only way to prove his innocence is to expose the men behind the crime, he boards a train to Jammu. However, he is soon overtaken by the outlaws on whose trail he had set out. The out-of-breath Pakistani is pursued, both, by the police as well as murderous infiltrators. While he is on the run, Yousuf realises that much more than what meets the eye, is at stake. The question is – will he survive the ordeal and succeed in exposing those behind the conspiracy?
Unforeseen is a contemporary suspense fiction that emphasis on the importance of similarities through which we can find love and peace for the sake of humanity. As the novel starts, we see Yousuf – a poor teacher from a remote village of Pakistan – is grappling with the grim realities of the world. On one side, he is weighted down by poverty; on the other hand he finds no medical assistance in his own country, Pakistan. His ten-year-old daughter Ayesha is suffering from congenital liver disease – she is in the desperate need of a liver transplant, otherwise she is going to die. Fortunately, her donor is none other than her own mother, Mariam – the wife of Yousuf. Clear the lead characters are in trouble.
For the liver transplant, they have to travel to India in one of the hospitals in Gurgaon – a location part of Delhi NCR. They board the Samjhauta Express, via Attari, they reach Delhi. However, at the start of their journey Yousuf smells a rat, as he finds two mysterious and possibly looking dangerous men also board the same train but remain hidden in coupe in the last coach of the train. Soon, while traveling, Yousuf meets one of the men unwittingly which further invites trouble.
Yousuf is so naïve or say uninformed that he puts up in a hotel in old Delhi, at the time of visa reporting the cop informs him to that his visa is valid till Gurgaon, not for other parts of India. However, before Yousuf and his family can relocate to Gurgaon, in some other hotel, things turn awry for him. In India, he is labeled as fugitive and in charge of a murder of a hotel’s receptionist. Now what next – will he be able to save his daughter for the operation, or will he go back to Pakistan and remain hidden there, or what if he gets caught by the Indian Police. Worst of all is that now he has to fight against time and terrorists who are planning a strike on India – all for the sake of his family. Will he succeed in his efforts or lose up the battle and land up in prison. This is gripping…you got to read the book to know the entire route of the events that unfold inevitably. What ugly and bad events await there?
The language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. Written in third person, this well-written and well-edited book is going to make you feel a little embarrassed for the sake of humanity. It is not a just a book where police and terrorists go for hide and seek game, instead this book has a tight stance on humanity and family values and sacrifices one has to make to keep all these aspects roped in. Moving at brisk pace with right number of characters, the novel is a fantastic read with strong plot.
Highly recommended must read for all the readers out there.
Overall ratings 5/5 Star
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About the Author
Chandan Sen Gupta was born in 1961 in Bhilai, the steel-producing township in the heart of India. He still cherishes his childhood in this cosmopolitan, industrial town, where he completed his schooling. After obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, he embarked on a career in construction. In the course of his work, he travelled widely in India, South-East Asia, Africa, the Middle-East and Europe. Much of his writing revolves around places he has lived in and the people he has come across. His story on Bahrain, the Middle-East island-kingdom where he presently resides, won him the Best of Bahrain award in 2012. His first novel, Land of Two Seas, published on Amazon and Notion Press, was a thriller based in Bahrain. Unforeseen, also a thriller, is his second book.