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Free download ആടുജീവിതം characters ആടുജീവിതം ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Benyamin Í 5 characters 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. 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 It was about this perfect country Omelas where there was no sorrow or disease and everybody was happy There was only one catch Omelas was paying for this happiness through the misery of one child kept locked in a cellar and treated cruelly perpetually This was the pact that Omelas had made with the powers that be the misery of one human being in exchange for the bliss of one country uite a bargain if you think of itBut there were people when the truth became known walked away from Omelas because they could not make peace with the bargain They were the hope of humanity When I initially read the story I proudly said to myself that I would be one of those Now I hang my head in shamebecause in reality I do not walk away I stay there and enjoy lifeThe term Middle East brings to mind images of prosperous towns populated by beautiful people enjoying the glittering night life with wine and song all powered by the petro dollar What the casual observer misses is the depths of misery just below the surface the misery the novelist Benyamin has brutally portrayed in his award winning Malayalam novel Aadujeevitham Goat LifeThe story is narrated in first person by Najeeb your average lower middle class Muslim youth from Kerala in India He does not know anything of the Middle East other than that the Gulf is an endless source of prosperity Like many of his countrymen he also yearns to work there earn some uick money pay off his debts build a house and generally live a moderately good life However fate has something else in store for him whisked away from the Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia directly into the heart of the desert by his Arab sponsor he is put to the job of tending goats This is not your pastoral idyll Najeeb is forced to stay all time in the open desert whether it is the blazing hot summer noon or the biting winter night He is given only Kuboos Arabic bread soaked in water to eat water and occasionally goat milk to drink He has only one set of clothes which he is supposed to wear continuously Baths are out of the uestion Najeeb tends goats sheep and camels without rest throughout the day Any small mistake results in horrendous beatings He slowly realises this is going to be his life from now on like the goats castrated and penned in till one day they make the final journey to the slaughterhouse He forms a deep kinship with the goats gives them the names of his acuaintances from home and talks to them regularly He rejoices when they give birth and mourns when they die Towards the end of the story as his humanity is almost totally stripped away he even sleeps with a she goatNajeeb is a pious God fearing Muslim True to the meaning of Islam surrender he surrenders to the will of Allah the all merciful This coupled with the fatalism that is the hallmark of most Indians Najeeb is the perfect victim the slave every owner would love to have But it is also this unuestioning acceptance of his fate that allows Najeeb to survive his ordeal for three and a half years Finally when he escapes that too is orchestrated by others even though ironically he is the only one who escapesThe depths to which human beings can plunge is narrated without any sentimentality or righteousness almost in the tone of a child which has met unfair treatment at the hands of its parents The tortures the sponsors mete out to their employees are mentioned so matter of factly that we catch ourselves flinching Benyamin tells the whole story in unembellished first person narrative while it makes for rather simplistic writing at times the voice of the protagonist flows through clearly The writer is all but invisible and that is the novel s greatest strength This is a brutal book which does not pull any punches But then it should not Thousands of the poor from India pay huge amounts for visas to the Gulf countries to agencies who fleece them mercilessly only to discover when they reach the Promised Land that they have sold themselves into virtual slavery By then it s too lateBenyamin does a great thing even though he does not walk away from Omelas he shines his light on the abused child not allowing us to forget its presence there Maybe in the end it s better than just walking away for the child too may ultimately get the justice that s its due Promises in Tumble Creek you think of itBut there were people when the truth became known walked away from Omelas because they could not make peace with the bargain They were the hope of humanity When I initially read the story I proudly said to myself that I would be one of those Now I hang my head in shamebecause in reality I do not walk away I stay there and enjoy lifeThe term Middle East brings to mind images of prosperous towns populated by beautiful people enjoying the glittering night life with wine and song all powered by the petro dollar What the casual observer misses is the depths of misery just below the surface the misery the novelist Benyamin has brutally portrayed in his award winning Malayalam novel Aadujeevitham Goat LifeThe story is narrated in first person by Najeeb Mischief and Marriage your average lower middle class Muslim Blackmailed into the Greek Tycoon's Bed yearns to work there earn some uick money pay off his debts build a house and generally live a moderately good life However fate has something else in store for him whisked away from the Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia directly into the heart of the desert by his Arab sponsor he is put to the job of tending goats This is not Her Husband's Christmas Bargain your pastoral idyll Najeeb is forced to stay all time in the open desert whether it is the blazing hot summer noon or the biting winter night He is given only Kuboos Arabic bread soaked in water to eat water and occasionally goat milk to drink He has only one set of clothes which he is supposed to wear continuously Baths are out of the uestion Najeeb tends goats sheep and camels without rest throughout the day Any small mistake results in horrendous beatings He slowly realises this is going to be his life from now on like the goats castrated and penned in till one day they make the final journey to the slaughterhouse He forms a deep kinship with the goats gives them the names of his acuaintances from home and talks to them regularly He rejoices when they give birth and mourns when they die Towards the end of the story as his humanity is almost totally stripped away he even sleeps with a she goatNajeeb is a pious God fearing Muslim True to the meaning of Islam surrender he surrenders to the will of Allah the all merciful This coupled with the fatalism that is the hallmark of most Indians Najeeb is the perfect victim the slave every owner would love to have But it is also this unuestioning acceptance of his fate that allows Najeeb to survive his ordeal for three and a half The Geography of Witchcraft History of Civilization years Finally when he escapes that too is orchestrated by others even though ironically he is the only one who escapesThe depths to which human beings can plunge is narrated without any sentimentality or righteousness almost in the tone of a child which has met unfair treatment at the hands of its parents The tortures the sponsors mete out to their employees are mentioned so matter of factly that we catch ourselves flinching Benyamin tells the whole story in unembellished first person narrative while it makes for rather simplistic writing at times the voice of the protagonist flows through clearly The writer is all but invisible and that is the novel s greatest strength This is a brutal book which does not pull any punches But then it should not Thousands of the poor from India pay huge amounts for visas to the Gulf countries to agencies who fleece them mercilessly only to discover when they reach the Promised Land that they have sold themselves into virtual slavery By then it s too lateBenyamin does a great thing even though he does not walk away from Omelas he shines his light on the abused child not allowing us to forget its presence there Maybe in the end it s better than just walking away for the child too may ultimately get the justice that s its due

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Free download ആടുജീവിതം characters ആടുജീവിതം ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Benyamin Í 5 characters 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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Free download ആടുജീവിതം characters ആടുജീവിതം ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Benyamin Í 5 characters 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. 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 made him scared in the airport is supremely well described Once the part where his slavery starts the story scales to a different level How Najeeb manages to hold on to his sanity by holding fast to his faith and befriending the goats he keeps is truly inspirational While the circumstances stay truly grim somehow it s Najeeb s spirit that carries the readers along

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  • Benyamin
  • English
  • 23 October 2018
  • 9780143416333