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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Hello friends. I would like to thank The Book Club for giving me the chance to interview my favorite author . Given the opportunity, I tried to make the best of it and I am happy to present you the wonderful conversation I had with our author, Sudipto Das. Before we begin , let me tell you all : Sudipto Das or rather Sudipto da, ( by which I prefer to all him) is an amazing person and he can keep on talking to you on any topic.. be it music, language , politics or corporate life. Talking to him made me realize that he is an avid reader of everything that he can find and perhaps, which is why, he is a great writer as well. So let us get to know more about him :
1. ” linguistic paleontology ” .. when did all of these come to your mind??
When I had decided that I would use Ancient Indian history as the backdrop I started reading historical papers and books on this and that was when I came to know of this field called linguistic paleontology. I figured out that as archaeological and historical evidences are very scant beyond 1000B.C. with regards to the Indo European history, many people are depending on linguistics to recreate the remote past. I found it very interesting. Taking a linguistic clue and deciphering a piece of history is like a detective job.
2. How important do you think, is research important for a book?
Research in the genre I’m in is very important. People are very smart now a days and google has made all information available at the finger tips. So it’s very foolish to bluff readers – they will catch you in no time. So you have to extra cautious to cater to a very smart readership. I personally take serious offence when I see a writer cooking up facts and figures in the name of creativity. Fiction is an extrapolation of real facts and figures unless it’s a fantasy like Harry Potter. So as long as facts are figures are used, they should be authentic. So research is the key in my case.
3. You made your debut by traditional publishing. But very few people get the chance to do that these days and go for self publishing. What is your take on this?
You’ve to be really patient in getting a publisher. Many people have taken to writing and hence publishing is not a very profitable business anymore. Coming from an entrepreneurial background I understand how important for a business to be profitable. So the publishing houses are very cautious and I don’t blame them. Surely, they could have made use of the technology and the internet in a much better way – like Amazon and Apple have done. But in the present scenario they have to be really cautious to remain afloat. Hence the very little chance for newcomers to get published through conventional channels.
Self publishing option is a great way to get published. The only problem I see there is that not all authors don’t do a good editorial job. They have to take the professional service of editors. If they do that, then the quality of production is high. In US and UK, lot of people are into self publishing and some are doing quite well too.
4. How much is book marketing important for the book?
Marketing is everything now-a-days. You can’t sell unless it’s marketed well. I don’t espouse to the theory that every book finds her readers. That would have been true for classics. But I don’t think anyone is writing classics now a days. Even Amitav Ghosh has to market his books properly. Dan Brown has a full fledged PR team strategizing every stage of the marketing. Chetan Bhagat and Amish have also created legends in marketing. Depending on the funds you have, you can make a plan. But you should have a plan indeed.
5. Tell us something about your upcoming book.
The next one, Prembajar is half ready. It’s a modern Indian adaptation of a Greek tragedy, setup against a Bengali backdrop, spanning across India and the US. I’ve a co author for this. The other one, on which I’ve started my research, is a sequel to The Ekkos Clan. That’s again a historical thriller where the Indian mathematician Aryabhata has an important role to play, like the Rig Veda plays in The Ekkos Clan.
6. What is your view on the idea of co-authoring a novel?
At times you may need complimentary skills in a novel. The reason why I opted for a co author in Prembajar is that I wanted someone from Comparative Literature background. As I’m not from a trained literary background there’s only till a certain point that I can go. Beyond that I need a professionally trained person. Like I feel really sad with most articles written on IT and electronics, even by the best journalists, because they just don’t have the right engineering background. The same is applicable for Prembajar too.
7. What is the sequel about ?
I think I already answered… 🙂
Thank you Sudipto da for this wonderful interview..