The Ekkos Clan Book Review

‘The Sun loves all of us,’ Kubha said. ‘He spreads his love through his light. Still he has to go to another house every night so that he can love the other people there.’

These lines sent the tone of the book, such beautiful, introspective and selfless. Simple words but with such deep meaning, easy and such a stunning simile. Read the book to know why these words are spoken.

The book is not your regular light reading, but it is sure to keep you hooked for hours on end as you try to unravel the mysteries of Kubha and the challenges she faces.

Ekkos Clan is a gripping and intriguing tale of love, murder, hatred and the citadel of life. This book makes a very convincing tale filled with suspense, intrigue and has a solid history to back up all the claims made.

According to me the book is a historical suspense and a very good one. The research and detailing is very accurate as is the premise of the book. It has sufficient “what if’s” to keep the reader engrossed.
The one place where I feel the book got to me was the repetitive descriptions of the historical places and the typical traditional names making it a bit difficult to follow the thread of where this new discovery was taking me. Also many of the characters had pet names and that was confusing but the author did have a detailed genealogy page at the end of the book. It should have been at the beginning, I think. I did manage to find my way as the story line is quite clear and keeps a steady pace.

The characters are all so realistic and endearing. I found Afsar so appealing, engaging and intelligent, the perfect foil to Kratu. Tista, the little sister was sweet, naughty yet the understanding ‘side kick’ for Kratu.

Kratu may be a regular dude but he manages to attract everyone to himself due to his knowledge and calm personality.  I think half of his problems were solved because he has amazing women in his life.

The Ekkos Clan is not a light read but a refreshing read, let’s not think of all the things that are impossible but believe that everything is possible. The Ekkos Clan brings these impossible worlds, ideals and lives together leaving the reader enriched and yearning for more.

Who would not wish for his own clan, a dynasty or a tribe; with The Ekkos Clan it almost seems possible.

The Ekkos Clan 
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 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 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.

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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.

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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” –

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