A novella by Indian writer, Zahid Ahmed, set in India against the backdrop of World War 1. Unknown Hope focuses on the other side of life of a kid whose world changes drastically. Ironically not by devastation or mass killing.
Guddu, a callow young boy, is unaware of his parents wherabouts. When the war begins his jaunting off around the railway station ceased. And the station is captured and used only by military men. One day he is carried away by an unfamiliar coal train, quite near to the battlefield. There, he hopes to find his father. Meanwhile, he is morally abducted by a female medical officer. And a story of benign infatuation takes place between two of them.
Late monsoon days had not made the most convenient way for extremely cold winters yet. The morning was very much dewy initially. As the spell proceeded, it turned out quiet morn...