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Book Review: The Ekkos Clan by Sudipto Das

The Blurb

“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 Tista Dasgupta, and Afsar Fareedi, a linguistic paleontologist.
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 incident Kratu 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.

My Review:

Sudipto Das is being touted as the Indian Dan Brown, is what I’ve heard from several people who’ve read this book. To a huge extent, I agree with them. Dan Brown’s works, prominently the ones that have Robert Langdon, are extensive in the amount of facts presented. And so is Sudipto’s The Ekkos Clan. The amount of research that the author has done is as phenomenal as it is exhaustive, which of course makes it an interesting read.

True to the blurb, there are several bizarre incidents that keep the readers on the edge; just one page more is what I kept telling myself every time I needed to move to another task!

All of Kubha’s stories, the characters and the locations, are linked to the past through interesting word plays that, although interesting, sometimes become a little difficult to remember. Linguistic paleontology has been deeply explored because that is what helps Kratu solve the whole mystery of Kubha’s stories; Kratu’s girlfriend, Afsar Fareedi, is a linguistic paleontologist who helps Kratu and his friend Titsa decipher the hidden facts in Kubha’s stories.

Afsar and Kratu’s little romantic moments tug at your heart in a book that keeps you brain heavily occupied; the balance that the author maintains here is worth appreciating. While the rest of the book is heavy on the head, in a good way of course, the first part is extremely heavy on the heart – I couldn’t read it without a tissue and the emotions stayed with me for a very long time. It is difficult for the faint-hearted to go through those pages without being affected!

I also like the way Sudipto has presented each of his characters, especially Kubha.

In all, this is one very interesting book and the way it has been written keeps the readers hooked.

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