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 prominent historical structures in India, someone – unbelievably, it could be both Hiranyagarbha Bharata, a radical Hindu outfit, and the Islamic State – resorts to a big deceit. Afsar Fareedi, a linguistic paleontologist, catches the fraud. In the melee, there are three gruesome murders, including that of her father, perhaps to eliminate all traces of a carpet which, Afsar discovers, has a lot hidden in its mysterious motifs. At the centre of all this is a verse composed by the maverick mathematician, Aryabhata, some 1,500 years ago.
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 of it’s kind that involves science fiction combined with mystery and as the story progresses we find cryptography that involves solving the case using symbols and diagrams. My detective side played along the plot and tried solving the riddles that came along. This approach towards writing hooked me to the book till the end.
The writing style used by the author is lucid and fully analyzed. It clearly shows how well the author has researched about the historical facts which makes it the USP of the book. However , with such detailed parts also comes confusion. I had a little hard time remembering what was going on and had to flip some pages to get a hold on the story again. Nevertheless , it made the whole reading experience all the more interesting.
Coming to the characterization , I was extremely happy to see a leading female protagonist. Kubha is a fierce lady , adamant to save her nation despite the circumstances that she goes through.
All in all , a perfect blend of three diverse genres that has the power to become a best seller.
Title: The Aryabhata Clan
Author: Sudipto Das
Published: December 5th 2017
Pages: 476 pages
** A copy was provided by the author for review. .However, the review is unbiased and of my own.**