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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 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 low and had a low grade headache throughout this period Every time I ate or drank or just relaxed I felt I was committing a terrible crimeThis is the story of Najeeb a lower middle class Keralite who assumed that his stars have suddenly become bright when he unexpectedly got a chance to go to Saudi Arabia as an employee But what he expected and what greeted him there was diversely oppositeHe was enslavened and made to work under inhumane circumstances But all this somehow built his mental fortitude and he never lost hopes There are few minor characters who were not that lucky I lament them allAnd I hope against hope that this atrocity is just a seed of the authors fertile imagination and not the realityI want to recommend this book to one and all but I feel bad in knowingly recommending them a life of hardship though imaginarySo I would modify my recommendations to only those with a stout heart and a diminished sense of empathy Otherwise one may not survive this book

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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 Original Malayalam title Aadujeevitham winner of 2009 Kerala Sahitya Akademi AwardThough its said to be fiction but actually is inspired by many true lives of Malayalis They say The grass is always greener on the other side and our protagonist Najeeb leaves behind his family and expecting wife for finding greener grass big moolahs in the deserts of Saudi ArabiaThe beginning of the book describes how desperately he wants to end up in a jail in Saudi and rest of the story follows in flashbacks For obvious reasons this book has been banned in Saudi and UAE Great and simple narration which keeps you yearning for Though its a dark one which might disturb your sleep for uite some timePerfect 5Thanks Smitha and Girish for reading it along And kudos to Smitha not only for this awesome reco but also for reading the original Malayalam version in spite of small fonts

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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 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 mine I came back home after assurances of meeting each other again later Knowing that the day has been a long one I took a shower alternating between hot and cold water Plopped down on the bed picked up the mobile phone and started texting and being good at multi tasking kept going through Facebook and after a while shut it all and yawned and recited again in my mind This is so boring From amidst a pile of books I pick up Aadujeevitham and with each chapter I looked back at myself with revulsion and contempt It was a book that made ashamed at all the whining I had made of the little setbacks I faced in life At the risk of sounding cliched I must say that this book made me look with complete perplexion at all the things that I took for granted in my life The title Aadujeevitham translates into Living like a goat and the meaning of this title is very deep By deep I mean something you can feel piercing deeper into your skin with each word A man s struggle for survival one day at a time with only a belief in god as his beacon in the darkness is something I have seen heard and read before but knowing that this was a true story made me close my eyes for a short while and shudder A lot many of my friends who have read this book have called this a depressing work but to me it was extremely uplifting a book I could only marvel at the will of a single human being to survive against the titanic odds stacked against him It is such little anecdotes that remind us that we are resilient beyond measure and none of the so called self help books will even hold a candle against such blazing accounts from life


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 greatly at that time

  2. says:

    Sitting in the air conditioned lounge of a coffee shop sipping on freshly brewed coffee and mumbling that life

  3. says:

    ‎Aadujeevitham is not a cliche story of gulf malayaleesit's about the pain and sufferings of protagonist najeeb

  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 lif

  5. says:

    A supremely good read Recommend very highlyThis 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 what a story it is Everything from how little Najeeb dreams of how his friends in Mumbai help him how not knowing the language

  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 accor

  7. says:

    Original Malayalam title ആടുജീവിതം Aadujeevitham winner of 2009 Kerala Sahitya Akademi AwardThough its said to be fiction but actually is inspired by many true lives of Malayalis They say The grass is always greener on the

  8. 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 readIt's a very beautiful story It has been written very well The plot is set right the explanations are apt The stor

  9. says:

    'Goat Days' is an unusual novel probably uite unlike anything else you'll read this year A relatively rare trans

  10. says:

    Benyamin's Goat Daystranslated 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 sunsSet in 1990s when the 'Gulf moham' was prevalent in Kerala the book describes the story of Najeeb Mohammad who leaves his preg

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