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The Islamic State has spread its tentacles in India, penetrating stealthily into the academia, media and politics. The mastermind is Shamsur Ali, a physicist from Bangladesh. To destabilize India, he wants to create a sort of apocalypse, which the 21-year-old Kubha must prevent at any cost, come what may.

In a brazen attempt at legitimizing the demolition of one of the most
Paperback, 476 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Niyogi Books Pvt Ltd
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Arnab Gupta
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly gripping book which has every page of it embossed with a riveting experience. Fantastic storytelling with the right mix of flow and content. What was very interesting was Sudipto’s research in the background and how he blended that with the content. A lot of takeaways and a definite must-read for all in this age of genre blending of fiction and non fiction
Neha Garg (thereadingowl_)
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Let me start this review with recommendations. This is the perfect book for fans of detailed reading. It is a great mystery thriller backed up with facts, figures, and diagrams and connects instinctively with logical minds. With a focus on some major social issues like politics, communalism, and terrorism, this book also comes with a social message of how unethical groups use the weakness in individuals to exploit them and later their countries.


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My first thought after I finished reading this book was that the author had aimed to achieve what Ashwin Sanghi does with his books and failed.

The premise of the book is that anti national groups and outfits have managed to make their way into the country and is trying to destabilize India. Kubha is the only one standing in their way. Sounds simple enough. But the plot also incorporates a lot of history, epigraphy, mathematics and different ideologies. Now that makes it sound interesting, doesn’
Tavleen Kaur
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018

The Islamic State is spreading its influence in India. Three men have been murdered in the same brutal manner. Much of the book involves the deciphering of an ancient carpet that is connected to these murders.

The plot is intriguing right from the start. The story starts in present-day Delhi and then goes back to tell the whole story. The plot is thrilling throughout the book. It is obvious that an extensive amount of research has been done. The book involves history, linguistic paleontology,
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aman Mittal
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction

The delightedness of reading a book depends on very few factors. One of them is how the plot unfolds in front of the reader and his mind. Afterall, every story has some of it. Without a storyline, a book or a novel is spineless. Sudipto Das' latest work, The Aryabhata Clan is a great example of why storyline matters.

The Aryabhata Clan is the second novel in the series after Ekkos clan. The genesis of the plot is coupled with some facts based on author's research of ancient India, some 1500 years
Aniruddha Bagchi
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book should appeal to anyone who enjoys reading thrillers. It starts with a plot to create disturbances in India. In order to prevent that, the main characters- Kubha, Afsar, Parush and Kratu have to work together as a team to crack a complex riddle. This will require them to draw upon their logical skills as well as Afsar's considerable knowledge about ancient India.

The book describes several interesting facets about Indian history- such as how languages evolved in the subcontinent and ho

Things that worked out for me :

> Character building and helping each other to solve this mystery.
> Amount of research author has done to write this, has definitely paid off in this novel.
> Multiple issues were given equal importance.
> The ways to encrypt message is what I felt like learning after this.
> Taking a real event like Taj Mahal named as Tejo Mahalay and building story around it. is Commendable.
> Women in book are shown so much strong head and heart wise.

Things th
Anukriti Malik
The Aryabhata Clan by Sudipto Das is a historical fiction novel with an essence of science fiction and mystery.

The plot revolves around Dr. Shamsur Ali , a physicist from Bangladesh who wants to destabilize India. The Islamic State is spreading at a rapid speed within India , creeping silently within politics , media and academics. Kubha , a 21 year old female must stop him and save her nation at any cost. At the centre of all this enters Aryabhata , a mathematician.

The plot blew me off. A one o
Meher Bansal
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Stereotypical caricatured offensive representation of Muslims

A disturbing aspect of the novel is the representation of Muslims, Islam and the Quran, the stereotypical caricatured offensive representation of Muslims, fundamentalists, Islamic State etc – in relation to India. Shamsur sounds like a clichéd Hollywood ‘Muslim fundamentalist’ spelling out his ‘sinister plan’ in a very obvious (and offensive) way: ‘It’s easier to recruit Arab Muslims,’ he said, lifting the chair. ‘Their education is e
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best part of the book is that it has handled many aspects of Indian history, culture and heritage in a very interesting and readable way.
In my opinion, there are two types of writings on Indian history or culture:
(1) Written by western researchers, which are no doubt among the best available for academic purposes, but lack some local flavour which only an Indian, who has grown up with Indian values and culture, can realize and hence write about better.
(2) Written by some Indian researchers,
Anup Das
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Interesting Book for the Mature Readers

In the book "The Aryabhata Clan" Author Sudipto Das takes us to a long journey to find the mystery behind the kidnapping of its sole protagonist Miss Kubha Sen, who was kidnapped by a dreaded group of terrorists operating across South Asia, more particularly the agents of the Islamic States (ISIS). Mr. Parush, an intelligence officer close to the fictional PM Indar Sinha, took charge of finding her from the hold of kidnappers. The story begins at Jawahar
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The Aryabhata Clan is one thick book and it took me almost a month to complete it. Yes, a month. To top it, I hit a reading slump so, it was harder for me to push through it and complete the book. I was like, Girl, you NEED to WRITE the damn thing! The review was getting so delayed…like, so much for my own liking since I always stick to deadlines (of mine). Phew, finally done with it!

The author, Sudipto Da
Shumaila Taher
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The Aryabhata Clan by Sudipto Das is his second mystery novel after The Ekkos Clan, and it gives off a rather Dan Brown-ish feel. Sudipto’s thorough and meticulous research on ancient Indian history coupled with facts and statistics about our history some 1500 years ago are testimony to his great storytelling techniques. The author’s ability to dive deep into the meanings, and produce coherent content from every theme is commendable.

The book has various themes, and deals with a lot of topics tha
Sahil Pradhan
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
first of all, let me thank the author for sending the copy of the book to me. the book is the story of intrigue and betrayal with the hues of bloodshed and mystery. the Islamic state has grown its tentacles throughout India and kubha, a young girl tries to save her country from an impending danger and in turn also saves the destruction of a precious monument.
the plot is gripping and even captures you till the end. the book involves a lot of information from history, science, linguistics, carpet
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my God, loved this one. Books are the actual time turners, how true is that!

Sudipto Das’s Aryabhatta Clan is a perfect example for the same. The book starts with modern india timeline and takes us back to 1500 odd years behind in a rollercoaster ride.

The narration is utterly gripping from the very first page.

This book deals about some major issues like politics and terrorism. We see the masterminds controlling and exploiting individuals to fulfill their desire in a cruel way. Kubha is a bold
Ruchira Gautam
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The biggest problem I see with the book is that I don’t know which genre I should put it into. It naturally draws comparison to Dan Brown’s novels, especially the way he has used some titillating aspects of Christianity as the premise for a thriller. Here too Sudipto has used some really interesting and controversial aspects of the Indian history, and created a fanatic group of crazy people. But then, it’s not a complete thriller. It has a languid pace which doesn’t suit a thriller. It’s no doub ...more
Mitali Dixit
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only problem with this book is that it covers too many topics. You have something called linguistic palaeontology and references to texts in many languages like Prakrit, Farsi, Urdu, Sinhala, which are no child’s play. And then you have lot of history and archaeology, deep discussions about racial supremacy and fanaticism. Before you’re out of all these you’ve hell lot of palaeography and epigraphy. Well, did I mention there’s some mathematical stuff related to music? And yes, there are the ...more
Tanmoy Bhattacharya
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Kubha’s story. She’s the hero. She’s all of twenty years. She has been put through the most inhuman ordeal. She is gang raped by the Islamist fundamentals, a group affiliated to the Islamic State. Still for a moment, she doesn’t lose her calm. She endures everything and even risks her own life, just for the sake of her country. She’s the epitome of womanhood, loving & emotional, courageous & intelligent, tender & sensitive, expressive & possessive.
Kubha’s unusual relatio
Readers Cosmos
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Aryabhata Clan is a unique book; truly unique. Reading it filled me with genuine surprise and pleasure at the growth of Indian Writing, albeit in an alien tongue English. The scope, breadth and depth of the book is quite frankly stunning – and it deserves a read for this reason alone, its weaknesses notwithstanding. The author deserves credit and a standing ovation for imagination, bringing diverse thought-streams, ideas and domains into one connected story with immaculate detailing.

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Alina Gomez
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It kind of hooks you to it. Unlike a conventional thriller where every page has either a car chase or a grotesque killing or some titillating hide-n-seek game, this one gets into those only few times. Rather it deals more with the solving of the mysteries behind the grotesque murders. This way it relieves the reader of the gory details and spends time in developing the characters. At the end it’s also a mystery novel with its own share of thrill and kill, but still it remains an emotional saga o ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s amazing because it deals with so many complicated topics but in such a simplistic way. You never realize that you’re actually reading about things like linguistic palaeontology, digital palaeography, epigraphy and what not. Not only that, you also read a lot about the verses written by Aryabhata some 1500 years ago, but you never feel that someone is teaching or preaching you. That’s the best part of the reading experience. It delves deep into so many things, keeping the pace of a mystery n ...more
Nabhak Basu
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Teaches you a lot of history, but you don’t feel you’re attending lectures

If you had asked me if I would be interested in knowing how exactly Sanskrit evolve into Hindi, Bengali and other Indian languages, I would have surely give my answer with a big “NO”. But when I completed the book, I learned a lot about the creation of the modern Indian languages. I don’t think I would have ever read any history book to know anything about it. That’s the best part of The Aryabhata Clan – it teaches you a l
Sahil Ahmed
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No doubt it’s a great novel, but it gets little complicated at times. The technical things on linguistics and music could have been made simpler for a mass audience. Though it never drags beyond a level where you need to throw the book off, but still, it slows down the pace a bit. Given the vast range of topics covered in the book, I do understand that it’s not that easy also for a writer to over simplify things which are indeed quite complicated. Nevertheless, I would still recommend the book. ...more
Shruti Sharma
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's an unexpected novel. You sort of get a hang of it slowly, as the plot proceeds. You're hooked. It’s interesting to see how the novel deals with many aspects of the history of our own country. I enjoyed reading and would recommend it to all.
Though there are many characters, and at the beginning you may tend to get confused, but with a little time and effort you do get into the skin of each characters. Even smaller characters have definite roles. I feel few characters could have been curtaile
Arav Arora
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good and Bad Religion

There’s no doubt that certain ways of interpreting Islam and the Quran are, by construction, the root causes of lot of intolerance in the world. But the secularist and the leftist brigade somehow always try to dodge this aspect of Islam. They bit around the bush whenever the topic of Islamic intolerance pops up and what they do in turn is very ridiculous. They try to paint all other religions with a rude brush of intolerance, as though, saying someone is bad too absolves me
Himan Dutta
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Presents Agra in a totally new avatar

I’ve been to Agra so many times, but I discovered a totally new Agra while reading this book. I never knew of so many things about the city which is known mainly for the Taj Mahal. There is history in every nook and corner of the old city and this book takes you through an entertaining and interesting conducted tour of the city in place and time – you virtually travel from the time of Babur till the present day.
Afsar Fareedi
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One very interesting aspect of the book is that it portrays Pakistan in a totally different light. It uses ancient Indian history as the backdrop, but practically deals with a region which is now Pakistan. It's an irony that Rig Veda, the most precious book of the Hindus, came from Pakistan and not only that, the fact that there's still a living clan somewhere in the Hindukush who can claim to be the oldest Hindus, is really an interesting thing. History and real facts have been very well exploi ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just enjoyed reading the book. It’s so different from most books I’ve read. It’s not too fast. Rather it proceeds languidly, encompassing its vast premise, cutting across continents, ages, cultures and civilizations. It’s an enriching experience reading about so diverse topics ranging from linguistics, archaeology, history and philosophy to music and mathematics. The characters are so live and realistic. The mystery unfolds gradually and before you realize you’re already into it.
Nem Chandra
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read fiction much. But still the moment I started reading the book I got hooked to it. It’s intriguing how the intense things have been handled so simplistically. While reading I never felt that I was reading stuff about linguistics, ancient Indian history, philosophy. It’s amazing how the author has touched base on so many things and still kept the plot interesting and appealing to anyone.
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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 ...more