A Book Review of The Ekkos Clan

The Ekkos Clan 
Sudipto Das

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 “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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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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A Book Review of The Ekkos Clan
The Ekkos Clan is one of the supreme novel of the year, a complete masterpiece of the Postcolonial genre. It traces the indigenous culture of the colonised population, celebrates the richness of the glorious past and in the process it reveals a well guarded secret that could change the entire history of the world.
The book bears the pangs of partition, the richness of folklores, the intrigues of a traged and lastly the mysticism of a thriller saga. So you come across the pathos filled areas where the characters are torn apart due to Gadar(read partition)..while we have Amrita Pritam’s Pinjar and Khuswant’s Singh’s Mano Majra(Train to Pakistan) dealing with division in North western frontier,we have The Ekkos Clan dealing with the Eastern province..the first part is emotionally as well as brutally charged up. However gradually the narrative becomes cerebral.Yes,Das provides a rich fertile bed of intellectual and witty storytelling. The narration spreads across the continents. He handles the narration with code switching and code mixing,which could have been boring at times, but Das entertains the readers.
The readers will be amazed to experience the encyclopaedic knowledge of the author because it contains so much of cross references ranging from Ghalib to Tagore,from lectures on automobile engineering to some of the earliest tracts of human history.
Das is holistic in his background research, dramatic in creating thrills and bluntly smart in his approach. So we have a blend of Dan Brown(read Da Vinci Code) and Ashwin Sanghi (read Rozabel Line and Krishna Key) in Sudipto Das,yet he is dashingly so innovative in his own way.
It is not at all an easy job to sketch characters belonging to dissimilar cultural backgrounds and variable social temperament and Das does justice to each of them. Watch out how three people embark on a larger than life journey for the search of an ancient legacy and the journey to discover the roots of their existence.Don’t miss out the mystery of grand Kubha.This book bears the testimony of those mothers who gave up everything for the sake of their children during the partition.The Ekkos Clan is a magnum opus in its canvas, lavishly coloured with legends and folklores in its texture, twisted and cruel in its treatment but so simple in execution.This book is a stuff for serious readers, research scholars and yes to all readers….rise up above all the commercial literature,have some class..you have to read this one. Its delights you as well as teaches you a lot. I have just finished the review a modern day classic…grab the copy..you cannot ignore The Ekkos Clan.
Ratings: 9.5 out of 10
I wanted to give 10,but the cover design which is otherwise very appropriate lacks the richness of this novel..could have been more attractive.


5 thoughts on “A Book Review of The Ekkos Clan

  1. Very good review Debraj .. But I was wondering what would you define as ” post colonial ” ? I think the writer deserves a better term.. ” neo colonial ” to be honest .. You yourself said that the book is not just about partition; partition is just one of the themes. Being a student of literature, I think you should ” re-consider ” the term ‘ post- colonial ” for I believe that Sudipto Das has moved away from post – colonialism and perhaps, you need to explore the book more.
    The other thing is : cover. Let me ask you one thing : if you were given a chance , what cover you would have made? I think this comment on the cover proves your misunderstanding. I feel the cover is pretty apt; it not only resembles the face of a horse but also shows reveals the partition motif. This leads us back to your use of the term ‘ post colonial ‘ . I think you should read the book once again before you decide to mark it as another ‘ partition story ‘. Just in case you are willing to accept your mistake and your misunderstanding of the terms ‘ post colonial ‘, ‘ neo colonial ‘ and all, read the book once again and if possible, go through Sudipto Das’s interviews and you can even contact him to ask ” is it just about partition ? ” I hope you are smart enough to understand this 🙂

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    1. Thank you Aparajita.. 1.I never said the cover is inappropriate..i said it could have been much richer…do check before commenting… 2.Postcolonial and Post-colonial both terms have huge differences between them..so be specific…i have said that it is postcolonial..since it celebrates the glorious past..the richness of indegenous culture..(which is indeed one of the feature of Postcolonialism…for reference-you can read the book of Bill Ashcroft,Griffith…)..and Postcolonialism does not end with Political decolonisation of a country…it continues… I am glad..finally you have managed to read the review..and i will again go back to The Ekkos Clan..for the sheer delight as a reader….not for the rectification of my comment…


  2. Thanks for your comment Debraj but still I would prefer to disagree with you because in my opinion, it IS NEOCOLONIAL.. You can read Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s book Decolonizing The Mind to understand why I am saying so.

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