Goat Days

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    Goat Days Kindle ´ Paperback in the middle of the Saudi desert Memories 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 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."/>
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  • 23 October 2019
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About the Author: Benyamin

Goat Days Kindle ´ Paperback goat free, days pdf, Goat DaysGoat Days PDF/EPUBBenyamin born , Benny Daniel is an Indian novelist and short story writer in Malayalam language from Nhettur, Kulanada, Pattanamtitta district of the south Indian state of Kerala He is residing in the Kingdom of Bahrain since , from the age of twenty, and his works appear regularly on Malayalam publications in Kerala.


Goat DaysGoat Days Kindle ´ Paperback goat free, days pdf, Goat DaysGoat Days PDF/EPUBNajeeb 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 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 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.

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  1. Nandakishore Varma 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 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 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 Quite a bargain, if you think of it.But 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 life.The 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 Life.The 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 quick 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 question 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 acquaintances 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 goat.Najeeb 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 unquestioning 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 escapes.The 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 late.Benyamin 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

  2. Arun Divakar 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 saidTalk to me about it why don t youas 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 dow 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 youas 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 mindThis is so boringFrom amidst a pile of books, I pick upAadujeevithamand 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 titleAadujeevithamtranslates 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

  3. Remya says:

    Aadujeevitham is not a cliche story of gulf malayalees..it 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 about their silly problems and belittle other people s sufferings..The style of narration was really good too

  4. Indrani Sen 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 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 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 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

  5. Anand Neelakantan 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 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 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

  6. Em*bedded-in-books* says:

    Was a stunning read, madeauthentic by the malayalam language which I was reading afterthan 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 Was a stunning read, madeauthentic by the malayalam language which I was reading afterthan 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 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 opposite.He 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 all.And I hope against hope, that this atrocity is just a seed of the authors fertile imagination, and not the reality.I want to recommend this book to one and all, but I feel bad in knowingly recommending them a life of hardship though imaginary So 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

  7. Gorab Jain says:

    Original Malayalam title 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, and rest of the s Original Malayalam title 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, 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 forThough its a dark one which might disturb your sleep for quite some time.Perfect 5 Thanks 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

  8. Girish says:

    Benyamin s Goat Days,translated from Malayalam Aatujeevitham , is based on a real story And so, it is farhaunting 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 Benyamin s Goat Days,translated from Malayalam Aatujeevitham , is based on a real story And so, it is farhaunting 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 desert Najeeb accepts it as Allah s test of his fortitude and devotion and undergoes unsayable horrors In the midst of this all, he develops a bonding with the goats giving them names and thus holds on to sanity The book is an achievement in the sense of making the reader go through as much sadness and depression as the main character The gory details can make one squirm, but the hope in the face of utter gloom is sort of uplifting In mounting the odds, the book keeps getting worse and worse with the only hope being the first chapters that assures you all is well at least temporarily The end is all too easy maybe The unsaid fear on foreign shores or new cities is something I am well aware of So personally it is just a nightmare of every traveller in a way An achievement and a haunting portrayal of life on unknown shores

  9. Mark Staniforth 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 knowthan 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 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 knowthan 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, too.In fact, all flippancy aside, you will be relieved to hear that Goat Days is farthan 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 Arabia.The 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 book.Millions 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 different,as they find themselves effectively held hostage by their rich Arab sponsors, with little or no means of escape.Leaving 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 sanitation.That, in essence, is that, and as Najib tends his goats for days on end the novel becomesof 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 muchof 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 life.By 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. Shaonli Nath says:

    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 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 relationships he forges in order to survive and ultimately, his determination and survival urge Avoiding ornamental writing, Benyamin creates an honest narrative that is as simple as Najeeb himself It works