The Ekkos Clan
“The Ekkos Clan” is the story of Kratu’s search for the killers of his family, his own roots and the mystery behind his grandmother’s stories.
It’s the fascinating account of Kubha and the basketful of folklore she inherited from her ancestors. The eventful lives of Kubha and her family span a hundred years and encompass turbulent phases of Indian history. The family saga unfurls gradually, along with Kubha’s stories, through the three main characters – Kratu Sen, a grad student at Stanford, Kratu’s best friend TistaDasgupta, and AfsarFareedi, a linguistic palaeontologist.
Afsar hears about Kubha’s stories from Kratu in a casual conversation, but she figures that these stories are not meant to be mere bed time tales – they contain rich linguistic fossils and layers of histories.
In a bizarre incidentKratu miraculously survives an attempt on his life. His sister and uncle had not been so lucky. Were these murders acts of revenge, or a larger ideological conflict connected to Kubha’s stories which conceal perilous secrets that should be suppressed?
Afsar, Kratu and Tista travel across continents to unravel the mystery of Kubha’s roots and the origin of her stories.
At a different level, the novel subtly delves into the origin of one of the oldest civilizations of the world and the first book written by mankind.
Meet the Author
Sudipto was born in Calcutta to a family which fled Bangladesh during the partition riots of 1947. He grew up listening horrid stories of the partition, something which he has used extensively in his debut novel The Ekkos Clan. He completed his engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1996. He lives in Bangalore.
The links :
Author Website :http://www.sudiptodas.com
Some Media Mentions
“A promising debut in the growing realm of modern Indian fiction” – Jug Suraiya
“An Indian thriller inspired by Dan Brown & Harrison Ford!… fast-paced thriller, replete with murder and miraculous escapes” – Telegraph
“If you are a history buff and a thriller aficionado, then [it] might just be the book for you” – The Hindu
“A tale of the Indian civilization and culture… takes you on a roller coaster ride” – The New Indian Express
“An interesting read for an afternoon… One feisty woman’s partition story” – Bangalore Mirror
“Should be read for its sheer aspiration and the intelligent handling of historical material” – The Sunday Guardian
“Is essentially a mystery novel, but is grounded in a substantial base of research and exploration into our past” – newsyaps.com
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MY RATING : 5 OUT OF 5
MY REVIEW :
A book you can read for the umpteenth time and still feel that you have not been able to unravel its secrets.. a book that makes you cry … a book that makes you want to fall in love with life once again … a book which you are proud to possess … written by an author who will make you say , ” Yes, we Indians too have a Dan Brown .. and our Dan Brown is Sudipto Das ” .. yes… it is THE BOOK … THE EKKOS CLAN.. written by THE AUTHOR , SUDIPTO DAS .
There are so many things I like about the book.. the more I start reading it, the more I discover new things .. and perhaps this review is not enough .. Still, I have tried to pen down a few for my readers :
(1) The theme of adventure and mystery : the book is a journey .. a journey of discovery.. through soul.. through life.. through history .. read it to experience it.
(2) The theme of love : Love sings a beautiful melody in the stream of adventure. Sudipto Das has portrayed love passionately , and in an unique way , a thousand times better than writers who claim to be ” experts ” in love stories. Kratu’s proposal to Afsar , ” ami tomakey bhalobashi ” still gives me butterflies; it is something every woman dreams of, does not matter if she is a Bengali or not; the words have a charm of their own , something like that perfect piece of diamond, small, but filled with everlasting light. Afsar and Kartu’s romance often made me wonder if they at all existed in real life and if at all they did, I bet they are the epitome of Cupid-Psyche.
(3) The use of language : The flawless editing and neatly woven words make me wonder , ‘ is this author really from IIT ? ‘. Sudipto Das belongs to the group of technocrats from IIT and IIM who have entered the publishing world and have been flooding the market with chick- lits. Well, the author proved that he is way above their league. He is not just a technocrat writing a novel.. he is a genuine writer who writes just for the sake of writing.
(4) The author’s unique style : Sudipto Das has created a style of his own and it is very evident in this novel. He has retained the old names of the cities, like Kolkata as Calcutta and has a whole chapter dedicated to his disapproval against this changing of names. Hats off to you !! Very few people are bold enough to make this move.
(5) A well researched book : These days, we often find writers hurrying to get published. Reading this book made me feel that there are genuine writers out there . The fact that the author has done research for 3 years to write the book, itself shows the sincerity and hard work done on the part of the author . And if you are still not convinced, look at the reference list at the end of the book ; the no is 59. I don’t think I need to say anything more on this.
Given a chance to write about the book, I would write again and perhaps I would find a new perspective to write on. This book is not just a book; I feel it is a text of study in the field of literature and I hope someday, researchers will be working on this. Can’t wait to red the writer’s next book 😀