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Najeeb’s dearest wish is to work in the Gulf and earn enough money to send back home He achieves his dream only to be propelled by a series of incidents grim and absurd into a slave like existence herding goats in the middle of the Saudi desert Memories. Aadujeevitham is not a cliche story of gulf malayaleesit s about the pain and sufferings of protagonist najeeb and also of hope and faith in Godreally heart touching storya must read for all those who complains about their silly problems and belittle other people s sufferingsThe style of narration was really good too

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Of the lush verdant landscape of his village and of his loving family haunt Najeeb whose only solace is the companionship of goats In the end the lonely young man contrives a hazardous scheme to escape his desert prisonGoat Days was published to acclaim. This is one of the best work of fiction I have ever read in Malayalam A land mark book We can feel the pain and emotions that the author would have undergone while writing this book The book is as raw as life could be and as beautiful as life should be Being an author myself I could associate with the afterword in which the author describes the process of writing Writing itself is a tough task writing so beautifully so lyrically is nearly impossible Benyamin has achieved the near impossible writing a great piece of fiction while keeping the reader engrossed like he is reading a pot boiler That is the mark of a true classic There are popular books that are page turners but very poor in literary value and then at the other end of the spectrum there are good literary works that intimidates an average reader or even perhaps bore him to death Good literature is that which makes the reader engrossed and enthralled at the same time Aatujeevitham is one such work Future generation will refer to this work as an example of how a beautiful piece of literature should be written Great indeed

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In Malayalam and became a bestseller One of the brilliant new talents of Malayalam literature Benyamin’s wry and tender telling transforms this strange and bitter comedy of Najeeb’s life in the desert into a universal tale of loneliness and alienation. Goat Days is an unusual novel probably uite unlike anything else you ll read this year A relatively rare translation from Malayalam by Joseph Koyipally it is as its title suggests a book in which goats feature prominently So prominently in fact that by the end you ll know than you ever thought you d know and ever wanted to know about the frisky beasts You ll know how to feed them how to castrate them how to dodge a buck if it turns nasty see previous operation You ll know how they smell You ll know how to milk them tooIn fact all flippancy aside you will be relieved to hear that Goat Days is far than a reference guide to animal husbandry For all its slices of deadpan humour it is in fact a rather numbing account of the slave labour life of an Indian emigrant in Saudi ArabiaThe most shocking aspect is that it is almost entirely true Najib the main character is based on a man Benyamin got to know and whose real life story inspired him to write this bookMillions of Indians apply for visas to work in the kingdom in the hope of earning enough money to send home to their families what Goat Days proves though obviously to an extreme is that the reality is often rather differentas they find themselves effectively held hostage by their rich Arab sponsors with little or no means of escapeLeaving behind his pregnant wife Najib arrives in Saudi where he is whisked straight into three years of hell tending herds of goats on the desert plains for a cruel arbab or master who beats him for the slightest infringements and denies him anything beyond the most basic levels of food shelter and sanitationThat in essence is that and as Najib tends his goats for days on end the novel becomes of a meditation on faith and fate and a study of the mental and physical limits one reaches when faced with a life of such grinding loneliness and the apparent impossibility of escape Goat Days remains much of a page turner than you might expect Its momentum comes not so much from any fast developing plot lines its narrative is clunky in parts and it s fair to say in certain sections it does drag a little but in the desire to see Najib back to a better lifeBy the end you may need time to decide what to make of it all It s probably not a book you ll want to clutch to your heart through winter nights it s too stark and blunt and well goaty for that But it is a story and a truth that will stick in your mind Benyamin deserves credit for tackling such an important issue with cleverness and clarity The plight of Saudi Arabia s Indian emigrants is one that deserves to be brought to light

10 thoughts on “ആടുജീവിതം

  1. says:

    Way back in the 1990's, I remember reading a story by Ursula K. LeGuin: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. It disturbed me gre

  2. says:

    Sitting in the air conditioned lounge of a coffee shop, sipping on freshly brewed coffee and mumbling that life is becoming dull to a good looking woman was I. That too was a way of fishing for her sympathy wherein she patted my arm and said Talk to me about it why don't you ? as she intertwined her fingers with m

  3. says:

    ‎Aadujeevitham is not a cliche story of gulf's about the pain and sufferings of protagonist najeeb and also of hope and faith in God..really heart touching story..a must read for all those who complains ab

  4. says:

    This is one of the best work of fiction I have ever read in Malayalam. A land mark book. We can feel the pain and emotions that the author would have undergone while writing this book. The book is as raw as life could be and as beautiful as life should be. Being an author myself, I could associate with the afterword in whi

  5. says:

    A supremely good read. Recommend very highly.This is the story of Najeeb, a not so well to do youth from Kerala who goes to Gulf to make money and ends up suffering unimaginable horrors. This is based on a true story and wha

  6. says:

    Was a stunning read, made authentic by the malayalam language which I was reading after than a decade. I was totally immersed in the story, to the extent that I felt a discontent even while leading a highly covetable affluent life, according to the standards of the protagonist. I dreamt weird, scary dreams, felt

  7. says:

    Original Malayalam title: ആടുജീവിതം (Aadujeevitham) winner of 2009 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award.Though its said to be fiction, but actually is inspired by (many?) true lives of Malayalis. They say "The grass is al

  8. says:

    'Goat Days' is an unusual novel: probably quite unlike anything else you'll read this year. A relatively rare translation from Malayalam by Joseph Koyipally, it is, as its title suggests, a book in which goats feature prominently. So prominently, in fact, that by the end you'll know than you ever thought you'd know, and

  9. says:

    Benyamin's Goat Days,translated from Malayalam (Aatujeevitham), is based on a real story. And so, it is far haunting than any fictional account you could read of despair and hope (loosely comparable to Thousand splendid suns?)Set in 1990s when the 'Gulf moham' was prevalent in Kerala, the book describes the story of Najeeb Mohammad who lea

  10. says:

    I can't believe what I just finished reading. The Author's note have left me all broken. Yes, I am heartbroken. The story might have a satisfactory ending but it still breaks my heart to read what I have just read.