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  1. ഇന്ന് ഡല്‍ഹി പുസ്തകമേളയില്‍ പ്പോയിരുന്നു.വാങ്ങിയ കൂട്ടത്തില്‍ ബെന്യാമിന്‍ന്‍റെ 'ആടുജീവിതവു'മുണ്ടായിരുന്നുഅത്താഴത്തിനു ശേഷം തുടര്‍ച്ചയായി നാലു മണിക്കൂര്‍. കൊണ്ട് ആട്‌ജീവിതം വായിച് [...]

  2. 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 i [...]

  3. 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 saidTalk 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 [...]

  4. "നാം അനുഭവിക്കാത്ത ജീവിതങ്ങള്‍ എല്ലാം നമുക്ക് വെറും കെട്ടുകഥകള്‍ മാത്രമാണ് "ഈ നോവല്‍ വായിക്കുമ്പോള്‍ ഒരിക്കലും ഇതൊരു കഥ ആയി തോന്നിയതെ ഇല്ല. കണ്മുമ്പില്‍ ഒരു ജീവിതം തന്നെ കാണുക ആയിരുന് [...]

  5. 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 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 [...]

  6. ‎Aadujeevitham is not a cliche story of gulf malayalees.'s about the pain and sufferings of protagonist najeeb and also of hope and faith in God .ally 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 :)

  7. ബെന്യാമിന്റെ ഈ പരകായ പ്രവേശത്തിന് അഭിനന്ദനങ്ങൾമരിഭൂമിയുടെ വിവരണം ഗംഭീരം എന്നതിനെക്കാൻ തീക്ഷ്ണം എന്ന വാക്കുകൊണ്ട് ഞാൻ നിർവചിക്കാൻ ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്നു അല്ലെങ്കിൽ ഇതിൽ എവിടെയാണ് ഞാൻ ഗംഭീ [...]

  8. 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 imposs [...]

  9. Was a stunning read, made more authentic by the malayalam language which I was reading after more 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 crime.This is the story of Najeeb, a lo [...]

  10. 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 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 Arabia.The beginning of the book describes how desperately he wants to end up in a jail in Saudi, [...]

  11. Benyamin's Goat Days,translated from Malayalam (Aatujeevitham), is based on a real story. And so, it is far more 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 leaves his pregnant wife and mom to work in the gulf. Destiny has other plans and he finds himself pushed into a life of slavery rearing goats in a vast dese [...]

  12. ഒരു സാഹിത്യകൃതിയുടെ ജീവൻ അതിലുപയോഗിക്കുന്ന അലങ്കാരങ്ങളിലോബിംബങ്ങളിലോ മാത്രം അല്ല അതുപറയുന്ന ജീവിതങ്ങളിലും കൂടിയാണ് .ആടുജീവിതവും അത്തരത്തിൽ ഒരു കഥയാണ് .ആധുനിക സാഹിത്യ കൃതികളുടെ യാത [...]

  13. '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 more 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 [...]

  14. يرى البعض بإن قراءة الروايات غير هادفة لا تعود بأي نفع للقارئ هذا ما تنطبق عليه هذه الرواية أسمها ملفت للانتباه وسمعت عنها بعض الحديث فأثارت فضولي قرأتها، مملة من بدايتها لكنني اصررت على قراءتها لأحكم في النهاية ما استغربته هو ظهور صدمة في النهاية وهو كفيل نجيب الهندي لم يكن [...]

  15. Originally published at reallifereading/2017/05/2Yes there are goats in this story.But first, we meet Najeeb, and he and a friend are trying their very best to get arrested. Life in prison is far better to what he has suffered through recently.What could be worse than prison?It is the 1990s. Najeeb is from Kerala, a state in India. He’s intrigued by all the stories of those working in the Gulf and thinks it a quick easy way to make some fast cash and take care of his pregnant wife and their fu [...]

  16. يا إلهي الرحيم !كيف يكون السجن هو الحرية ، وكيف تتحول الحياة إلي سجن ؟ !نجيب الذي فقد الحياة في صحراء اللانهاية كان عنده حلم عذري ظن يوما انه محققه ،لكن في ظل جبروت مجموعة عربية غير مكترثه للانسانية كادت ان تجعله حيواناً بل بالفعل جعلت منه حيواناً ادمياً ،جعلت البؤس والشقاء مع [...]

  17. A captivating account of a man named Najeeb who is stuck in the middle of nowhere along with goats and a typically savage arab master.It is a story we have all been hearing for for years, sordid grim tales of Indians wedged in slavery-like situations in the badlands of Arabia.This isn't your multidimensional novel with complex sub-plots. Characters are what they are. Even the goats. But the rustic plainness is what makes the book distinct.Goat days is about a simple man's ordeal, the strange rel [...]

  18. Buy it. Read it. Recommend it and have no regrets.I was so captivated by the book that the scene when Najeeb's friend Hamid was about to be handed over to his Sponsor he broke down saying ,"Ente Najeebe" and then I realised that I too was crying. It was too much for me that I continued with the reading only the next day.The poor fate of Hakkim was another torment for me. After reading what had happened to Hamid and Hakkim I was nervous whether the same fate was about to follow Najeeb. And all I [...]

  19. عجيبة الرواية ومؤلمه هي قصة الهندي الذي كان في بلاده يعمل في النهر ويستخرج الرمال اقترض الاموال وباع ذهب زوجته ليحصل عَلَى فيزا للعمل في الخليج لكنه فوجئ عندما وصل برب عمل قاسي يطعمه فقط الماء والخبز ويضربه ويعامله معاملة الحيوانات ظل يعمل ويرعى الأغنام وعانى ما عاناه من تع [...]

  20. Goat days is a heart-warming account of a Malyali muslim stuck in the Gulf. I can relate to this story as I have had heard many horror stories being recounted of men who have gone to SaudiArabia only with dreams of gold and VCR. What they do there is secondary they may be a janitor for all you know, yet when they came back, they had to show proof of their good wealth and standing. So many homes have been destroyed and buikt because of this mass exodus to the Gulf at one time. Najeeb's character [...]

  21. ഗള്‍ഫ്‌ എന്ന മലയാളികളുടെ സ്വപ്നഭൂമിയെ കുറിച്ച് ഒരു പുതിയ കാഴ്ചപാട് തരുന്ന പുസ്തകം. മരുഭൂമിയില്‍ പെട്ട് പോകുന്ന ഒരു മനുഷ്യന്റെ ജീവിതം അതിന്റെ എല്ലാ തന്മയത്തത്തോടെ അവതരിപിച്ചിരിക്കുന [...]

  22. يالله يا ناصر المظلومين يا مغيث الملهوفين أفض عليهم رحماتك وآنسهم بلطفك وانصرهم على من ظلمهم.اللهم لا تؤاخذنا بما فعل السفهاء منا.قصة موجعة مؤلمة لرجل مسلم بريء يتعرض لصنوف من العذاب والبؤس والقمع.صاحب القصة نجيب محمد رجل هندي من فئة لا تسمع لهم همسا وليس لهم صوت ولا نعرف وجه [...]

  23. لِنبدأ بالقول أنها رواية لا بأس بها، سلسة. بإمكانك الإنتهاء منها في جلسة قراءة واحدة. لكن السؤال، هل ستخرج من هذه الرواية بِشيء؟ أشك في ذلك كثيراً. هي من نوع الروايات التي ما آن تنتهي من آخر صفحة، حتى تنساها تماماً، فهي لا تعلق بِذاكرتك، أثرها لحظي. وهُنا أظن يكمن فشل الكاتب، أ [...]

  24. This a very depressing book. There are thousands of people lured by the dream of working in the Gulf countries and earning money. While a handful of them make it, there are scores who are duped and cheated by their sponsors who make them work for a pittance and exploit them. One such story is that of Najeeb Muhammad, who is dreaming of a cushy job in Saudi Arabia and sending back the money so that he can pay off his loans and earn enough to provide for his family. However, he gets duped and is m [...]

  25. the way Najeeb surrenders to the will of Allah was truly motivating and inspiring there is a verse in Quran which says: Inna maghal usri yusra which means "Surely there is ease after hardship" if this story is true, then its the best proof for this verse that there is definitely ease after hardship bcoz each time the story twisted and turned in unexpected waysis story wud be an inspiring one for many going through different difficulties in life that there would be something good to end it all i [...]

  26. പ്രവാസി ജീവിതത്തിന്‍റെ പൊള്ളുന്ന അനുഭവങ്ങള്‍, ഇത്രയേറെ പകര്‍ത്തിയ മറ്റൊരു കൃതി ഇല്ല പക്ഷെ ഇതിനെ പൂര്‍ണമായും ഒരു നോവല്‍ എന്ന ഗണത്തില്‍ പെടുത്താന്‍ പറ്റുമോ എന്ന് എനിക്കു അറിയില്ലപക്ഷ [...]

  27. The Middle Eastern Arab states have always been a begrudging moral conundrum for me. Having grown up there and later on worked there for a while, I do appreciate the comforts and safety its relatively chaos free world provides. However, beneath the gleaming concrete odes to mankind’s progress lies an unmistakable and inescapable truth – the region is seemingly bound to a false sense of security and freedom. In truth, most people have no real powers or rights in the law of the land. That is c [...]

  28. Imagine being thrust into a situation where you’re expected to have unique skills and knowledge (which you don’t possess) and then not having any way to communicate and learn other than through charades, being beaten when you guess incorrectly. Goat Days by Benyamin was an eye opening account of a man simply looking to provide for his wife and unborn child--to raise their standard of living. When a friend tells Najeeb there is a visa available for purchase (through the friend’s brother-in- [...]

  29. Ever happened to you that you picked up a book to read in your bed and spent the first few hours of the night reading it in one go and spending the rest thinking about it? That's what this book did to me.One of the most hard hitting books in Malayalam that I have read recently. I haven't read any other works of Benyamin (yet) and so I dont know if its his style of writing, but what stood out was the simplicity so befitting the narrator in the language being used for telling the story, and all th [...]

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