Book Review 24: The Aryabhata Clan by Sudipto Das.

'The Aryabhata Clan' by Sudipto Das is an exceptionally well-written novel. This is the second mystery novel by the author after 'The Ekos Clan'.  From the beginning until the end, the book is full of suspense and mysteries. The main theme of the plot is spun around a verse composed by the great Indian mathematician and astronomer, Aryabhata, around 1500 years ago.

The plot is very well constructed and extremely interesting. The Islamic State has stealthily spread the tentacles of terrorism in the Indian Subcontinent.
Young and intelligent Kubha has to fight against all the odds to save herself and her nation. Twenty-one-year-old Kubha is the daughter of a linguistic palaeontologist, Afsar Fareedi, and Kratu Sen. Her maternal grandfather, Faraz Fareedi owned a business of sourcing oriental carpets from Asia and selling them in the U.S.
Illustrations on a Khushawari rug changes the fates of all the people connected to it.
Three gruesome murders take place. The original carpets are stolen. Kubha is kidnapped.

Will India fall prey to the ghastly plans of the terrorist mastermind? Will Kubha be able to save herself and the nation?
You'll have to read this intriguing and gripping thriller to know more!

The book is extremely well researched. It covers so many themes and aspects.

However, it could have been a bit fast paced, and also a little less descriptive at certain places. That would have made it all the more interesting. At times, it is so elaborately written, that it becomes a bit boring. It took me a really long time to completely read the entire book.

But, nonetheless, it was very informative. Topics like linguistic palaeontology and decoding the age-old motifs and inscriptions is worth knowing about.The book covers vast aspects of Indian history, archaeology, palaeontology, etc. Also, in the book, there is the reference to the controversy around one of the most famous monuments in India. The way the author has dealt with this subject is really commendable.

'The Aryabhata Clan' is a great real altogether. And I definitely recommend this book to the fans of thriller and mystery genres.

About the author : Sudipto Das was born in Calcutta in 1973 to a family which fled Bangladesh during the partition riots of 1947. He grew up listening to horrid stories of the partition, something which he has used extensively in his debut novel The Ekkos Clan, published in 2013. A violinist, trained in Western classical music, Sudipto debuted as a music composer in 2014, when he recreated Eastern European melodies of the 1940s for the War Musical Schweyk in the Second World War by Bertolt Brecht. An engineer by profession, Sudipto is a veteran in the Semiconductor Industry and an entrepreneur, having co-founded Mindlance Technologies in 2015. He is also a columnist and a speaker at TED events. Sudipto lives in Bangalore with his family. History, culture, language, writing and music are of special interest to him. Member of an amateur music band, Kohal, he also enjoys travelling

My rating : 4 of 5 stars. 
Publisher : Niyogi Books.
First Published : December 2017
Pages : 476
Price : ₹595/-

Thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 


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