Sudipto Das in 2014
|Born||12 July 1973|
|Occupation||Author, Musician, Columnist, Co Founder|
|Alma mater||IIT Kharagpur|
|Notable works||The Ekkos Clan, Music of Schweyk in the Second World War|
Sudipto Das (born 12 July 1973) is the author of the novel The Ekkos Clan, released in July 2013 by Niyogi Books and the coffee table book Myths & Truths Behind The Ekkos Clan, released in April 2014. Within a fortnight of its release The Ekkos Clan came to 3rd position in the best seller list in Flipkart in the Literature and Fiction section. Sudipto, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, a columnist, a speaker at TED events and a musician too, is a veteran in the Semiconductor Industry and takes deep interest in Internet Of Things. The Co-founder of Mindlance Technologies, he has also been a secretary at the Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust for many years, looking after their cultural initiatives in Bangalore.
Sudipto was born in Calcutta 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. He completed his engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1996. Having started his professional career in 1996 at Noida, he moved to Bangalore in 1997. He has been living in Bangalore ever since. A violinist, trained in Western classical music, Sudipto started writing short stories and poems in Bengali and English while he was in IIT Kharagpur, where he also served as the Governor of Technology Music Society, Eastern (ETMS) in 1995–96.
Sudipto started the music band Kohal in Bangalore in 2007 with some of the members of ETMS. In May 2014 he tried his hand at creating background scores for a play, directed by Sharmin Ali, where he used only Mozart's compositions for the entire score. In 2014 he recreated Eastern European melodies of the 1940s for the Forum Three War Musical Schweyk in the Second World War by Bertolt Brecht, which was staged many times in Bangalore and once in Auroville for an international audience.
The Ekkos Clan
The Ekkos Clan is the debut novel of Sudipto. He started working on the novel in 2008. It was formally launched at a function in Bangalore on 3 August 2013, followed by a series of events across the country. It's a contemporary mystery novel set against the backdrop of ancient Indian history. The book deals extensively with linguistic palaeontology, Astronomy, Archaeology, History, Music and Poetry. It has demystified Rig Veda to a great extent, delving deep into the behind the scene stories of Rig Veda, the oldest book of the mankind.
"The lives of all the members of Kratu's family are at stake Reason : the cryptic stories of Kubha, Kratu's grandmother, which hold keys to the origin of Indo- European civilization. As we embark upon this adventurous journey with Kratu, Afsar and Tits, we are greeted by riddles, threats and a whole new dimension of linguistic paleontology , which we could not even have thought of. Welcome to the world of The Ekkos Clan, where mystery unfolds at every paragraph."
"A promising debut in the growing realm of modern Indian fiction", said Jug Suraiya, a senior columnist with Times of India, about the book. "Sudipto Das' debut novel combines ancient history, linguistic palaeontology, mathematics, music and a mystery story," said The Hindu.
"An Indian thriller inspired by Dan Brown & Harrison Ford! ...Fast-paced thriller, replete with murder and miraculous escapes," said The Telegraph.
"For a novel whose setting stretches from the Partition-affected villages of Noakhali, Bangladesh to Arkaim in the Southern Urals, The Ekkos Clan is a daring novel," said Sunday Guardian, in its review on 17 August 2013.
Bangalore Mirror said it's "an interesting read for an afternoon."
Myths & Truths Behind The Ekkos Clan
"The Myths & Truths Behind The Ekkos Clan is a compilation of historical and linguistic facts and figures which loosely form the background of Sudipto Das' debut novel, The Ekkos Clan... In [this] book, Sudipto, has presented a series of discoveries and theories, espoused by a particular school of historians and linguists. He has used these discoveries as the historical background needed for his novel [The Ekkos Clan]."
In various interviews, given between September and December 2013, Sudipto mentioned that he had already completed the first draft of his second book, Prembajar, which wouldn't be a sequel of The Ekkos Clan. "My yearning to make my alma mater IIT Kharagpur (KGP) as a part of my literary creation is so strong that I want to write a KGP trilogy too, a set of three unusual love stories, all originating in KGP," he said. Prembajar would be the first book of this KGP trilogy.
Print & Online
- The Deccan Chronicle, 5 June 2016: Featured in Lifestyle, Viral Trending, "Education in India".
- The Asian Age, Bombay & Delhi, 5 June 2016: Featured in Life & Style, "Education in India".
- The Economic Times, 19 October 2015: Quoted in a feature, "The various cultural programmes will celebrate the essence of India, rather than just Bengali culture..."
- The Hindu
- 13 October 2015: Quoted in Metro Plus feature, "We don’t believe in Bengali culture in isolation. We consider the essence of India, celebrating the same, with a touch of Bengal."
- 20 October 2015: Quoted in Metro Plus feature, "We want to be inclusive and celebrate Durga Puja as an Indian festival..."
- 26 September 2013: Feature, "It took Sudipto intensive research to put the novel together..."
- 11 October 2013: Feature, "Sudipto is possessed with a manic energy as he states that his influences are many and varied..."
- 10 December 1014: Quoted in Metro Plus feature, "Author Sudipto Das is wary of Radio taxi services..."
- Star of Mysore, 4 October 2013: Interview, "My second book named Prembajar..."
- Sakal Times, 6 October 2013: Interview, "It won't be a sequel per se... will be about the mathematician Aryabhatt..."
- Techgoss.com, 10 October 2013: Interview, "I would rather prefer working in smaller companies, where making a difference is much easier than in a company like Intel where you're just lost in the crowd..."
- The New Indian Express, 15 October 2013: Feature, "Sudipto Das, the author of The Ekkos Clan, writes, perhaps for the first time, on the sufferings of people on the Bangladesh side during the 1947 Partition of India..."
- Deccan Chronicle
- 23 October 2013: Feature, "Sudipto was born into a Bangladeshi family which moved to Kolkata during the Partition..."
- 25 October 2013: Quoted in a Lifestyle feature, "I don't feel insecure at all because I am financially secure at this age and my creativity hasn't even faltered..."
- 28 October 2013: Quoted in a Lifestyle feature, "This is the basic measure a writer should take when approaching an agent."
- NY.NEWSYAPS, 23 October 2013: Review & Feature, "Sudipto pointed out, companies, such as Kodak, Nokia, or Blackberry, took less than a few decades to go from being market-leading innovators to the capitalistic equivalents of failed states..."
- Asian Age, 25 October 2013: Quoted in a Lifestyle feature, "I feel that I have matured as a writer at this age..."
- Hindustan Times, 27 October 2013: Quoted in "PickingOrder – Get your list of what to READ"
- Bangalore Mirror, 15 November 2013: Interview, "One feisty woman's partition story."
- The Telegraph, 27 November 2013: Review & Interview, "I realized that almost nothing had been written about the Bengal side of Partition..."
- Absolute India, 2 February 2014: Interview, "Anyone who reads can also write"
- Bangalore Mirror, 10 December 2014: Article, by invitation, "It’s no smooth ride on app cabs"
- Publisher's Page
- Sudipto's blog
- iitkgp.org ran a news story about The Ekkos Clan coming to 3rd position in the bestseller list in Flipkart
- "TEDxBMSCE". TEDxBMSCE. TEDxBMSCE. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- "Mindlance Technologies, Leadership". Mindlance Technologies. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- Lasrado, Svetlana. "Many facets of a fest". Many facets of a fest. Deccan Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- SUKUMARAN, AJAY (27 September 2009). "Lakshmi smile on Durga Puja - Hint of revival from crisis in bangalore festivities". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- Das, Sudipto (10 December 2014). "It’s no smooth ride on app cabs". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- "How Navratri celebrations are bringing different communities together in Bengaluru - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. The Economic Times. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
- Sudipto's Home Page
- An eccentric 'Potli' on stage: 29 April 2014, Bangalore Mirror
- "Forum Three". Forum Three. Retrieved 10 Oct 2014.
- Gupta, Namita (13 September 2014). "Keeping a "Brecht"". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- Rajagopal, Rashmi (12 September 2014). "War Time Tales". New Indian Express. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- -, Zoya (30 November 2014). "Schweyk in the Second World War". Schweyk in the Second World War. Auroville Radio. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- Book launch on 3 Aug 2013
- Dutta, Aparajita (27 July 2014). "REVIEW : THE EKKOS CLAN WRITTEN BY SUDIPTO DAS". crystallasia. Aparajita Dutta. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- The Hindu: History decoded
- The Telegraph, 27 November 2013: An Indian thriller inspired by Dan Brown & Harrison Ford!
- Sunday Guardian review
- Bangalore Mirror: Three Reads
- The New Indian Express, 15 October 2013: An unflinching look
- The New Indian Express, 24 June 2014: On Dravidian-Iranian connect
- Star of Mysore: Interview
- Blogger Interviews | Nishita's Rants and Raves | Reading Corner | paperblog | Aditi Chopra's Blog | Eloquent Articulation |
- Sakal Times: Interview
- Das, Sudipto (5 Jun 2016). "LIFESTYLE, VIRAL AND TRENDING, Education in india". LIFESTYLE, VIRAL AND TRENDING, Education in india. Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 5 Jun 2016.
- Das, Sudipto (June 5, 2016). "Education in India". Education in India. The Asian Age. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
- "A taste of Bengal". The Hindu. 2015-10-13. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
- "Hues of festivity". The Hindu. 2015-10-20. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
- The Hindu, 11 October 2013: New Look at History
- "All for the daily ride home". The Hindu. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- Techgloss.com, 10 October 2013: Interview
- Deccan Chronicle, 23 October 2013: Bin'das' Writer
- Deccan Chronicle, 25 October 2013: 'Age' you like it
- Deccan Chronicle, 28 October 2013: Rising 'literally'
- NY.NEWSYAPS, 23 October 2013: Cultural Superiority and the modern Indian: A conversation around The Ekkos Clan
- Asian Age, 25 October 2013: 'Age' you like it
- Hindustan Times, 27 October 2013: PickingOrder – Get your list of what to READ...
- Bangalore Mirror, 15 November 2013: One feisty woman’s partition story
- Absolute India, 2 February 2014: Interview