- Language: English
- Genre: Mystery/thriller
- Pages: 456 Pages
- Format: Paperback
- Author: Sudipto Das
- Publishing Date: December,2017
- Publisher: Niyogi Books
- ISBN-10: 9386906139
- ISBN-13: 978-9386906137
The Aryabhata Clan is a mystery-thriller novel written by Indian author Sudipto Das and published by Niyogi Books. It is author’s second novel after The Ekkos Clan. Islamic state is spreading its tentacles in India, penetrating stealthily into academia, media and politics. Three men have been brutally murdered. All these terrorist activities are headed by mastermind Shamsur Ali, ex-professor of physics at Dhaka University. He aims to create a sort of apocalypse to destabilize India. Crux of the story lies in a verse composed by Indian mathematician Aryabhata. The main protagonist of this thrilling tale is twenty years old Kubha who has to work together with Afsar, Parush and Kratu to decode this complicated riddle. She is the only one who can save India from this impending doom.
First thing that hit me as a reader is the extensive amount of research Sudipto has done to write this book. Story is full of thousand year old carpets, perplexing messages, mysterious manuscripts and cryptic codes. To make things more interesting author has also included many ancient Indian languages. Truly speaking, it’s not an easy task to connect all these details together as there is always a chance of loophole. Yet author has wonderfully merged all the details with fiction.
The narrative is full of historical details and still it is not boring. Indian authors have a tendency go overboard when they merge history with fiction. Most of them claim that every piece of modern technology that we use today was invented in ancient India and Westerners just stole the concept from us. Because of this reason, I was little worried when I started reading this book. But I am happy to say that author has tried his best to present Indian history in all its glory without being preachy about it. In many places the content is supported by original facts and data.
This write-up will be incomplete if I don’t talk about Kubha. First of all, I was elated to find a female protagonist in an Indian mystery thriller. She is just twenty years old and yet wise beyond her years. This girl went through a lot in her life. Most people would have lost their will to live after facing so much trauma. But Kubha didn’t lose her cool in the face of danger. She went through every horrific experience just to save her country from terrorism. It was truly a pleasure to read about such a well-rounded character.
Though I absolutely loved the book, I must confess that there is too much information incorporated in the story. As a fiction lover it was difficult for me to absorb all the details. One cannot read this book simultaneously with two or three other books as it demands your complete and undivided attention. But I would also like to add that if you are a detail oriented person who likes descriptive stories you will definitely enjoy this one. My suggestion to new readers- please pay full attention to all the diagrams and motifs otherwise it will be tough for you to follow the tale later on.
Lastly I would like to say that, pick this one up if you are looking forward to read a well researched book which includes lots of information about art, history, archaeology & paleontology mixed with thrill of mystery. It will motivate you to find out more about the subject. I would definitely recommend this book to all the mystery lovers.
Thank you Sudipto for providing me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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