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Aatujeevitham (Malayalam)

Author: K. Shereef
Paperback
Language: Malayalam
Length: 232 Pages
Publisher: Green Books Pvt Ltd
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Aatujeevitham (Malayalam) by Benyamin trails the rigorous journey of a simple Keralite through the deep deserts of the Gulf and details how his dreams are crushed by the harsh forces of reality as he pulls through a tough life for three long years with almost no one to communicate with.

Summary Of The Book

With dreams colliding against the harsh walls of reality, Aatujeevitham (Malayalam) by Benjamin is a deep and emotional tale of a Keralite’s journey amidst the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia. The author, Benyamin, uses simplistic overtones blended with deep rooted emotions and a plethora of experiences to produce a piece that the reader is bound to connect with.

The book trails the journey of Najeeb, who like many others of his kind is offered a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia to pursue his dreams, leaving behind his beloved mother and pregnant wife. Accompanied by a companion named Hakeem, Najeeb waits to see his life transform in Saudi Arabia. Things take a different turn when both the men are left by a truck in different corners of the desert.

Najeeb finds himself amidst the deserts of the Gulf with not a single human being around and almost no food and water. Aatujeevitham (Malayalam), thereafter, traces his life occurrences and his experiences with the only living beings around him, camels and goats. The book details how Najeeb tries to pull through each day with no knowledge of how time passes. His only ray of hope is the truck that arrives with food, water and fodder.

Najeeb becomes resigned with his sorry situation, only to have rare hope to escape, which is crushed almost the minute it surfaces. What is Najeeb’s fate? Will he ever get rescued from the hell that he lives in? This book answers these questions and more.

Aatujeevitham (Malayalam) has been written in simple language, making it easy for the reader to connect with the protagonist and his life.
The book won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. The book is also a prescribed textbook in universities such as Kerala University, Pondicherry University, Calicut University, and Bharathiar University. The English translation was also listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012.

About Benyamin

Benyamin is an Indian novelist and short story writer, who writes in Malayalam.

He has also penned other novels like Abeesagin, Akkapporinte Irupatu Nasrani Varshangal, Manja Veyil Maranangal and Euthanasia.

Born as Benny Daniel in the year 1971, he has long been a contributor to the field of literature. Born in Nhettur, a small district in Kerala, he has been residing in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1992. His works also appear regularly in Malayalam publications in Kerala.

Specifications of Aatujeevitham (Malayalam) (Paperback)

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Author K. Shereef
Book Details
Publisher Green Books Pvt Ltd
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9788184231175
ISBN-10 8184231172
Language Malayalam
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 232 Pages
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01 February 12
Think twice before accepting a Gulf Gift!

As a person in my sixties and have spent the middle piece of my life in the Desert, surely the best of it except for few initial teething years, I'm convinced the narratives are factual, accurate and justly honest. The author has dispensed optimum effort to research on Najib’s zig-zag turns in his expatriate life as well as the curves, wrinkles, climatic and geographical aspects etc., of the Desert. At the conclusion the reader is in pain to point a finger towards the actual culprit. Was it the ‘Arbab” who faked as sponsor to fetch an unclaimed slave from the Airport Lounge. Or the genre consisting of various elements whom we call the society (including immediate family, friendship circle, men of letters (teachers, Moulavies, Pastors and so on) the local, state & central administration machinery, travel and airport support staff, host of social welfare agencies, religious men and reformers, and many others who did not see purpose in ascertaining the type of visa, job for which it is issued, details of the employer, place of work, and all other relevant labor issues associated with hiring manpower hands for work in a strange and perfectly different country. What pains me further is the fact that the situation (in our society) has not much changed. Forget about US or UK citizens in the Gulf, but even the Philippines, a country comparable to India have systematic machinery to ascertain Emigrants whereabouts and render the support which may be in need of. In the event of unfortunate happenings, the Philippines Overseas Employment Agency will intervene to save their citizen back home and substitute with similar opportunities. The book is a must read by any Indian, especially the Malayalee, who knows somebody who have anybody in the Arabian Gulf .

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02 July 12
Great work

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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31 July 12
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A touching story

One of my friends recommended me to read this book. I browsed through flipkart and was very happy to find it here. Immediately I placed the order and got the book in my hand in 2 or 3 days time. It is a wonderful book touching any human mind. One will wonder this type of life is also there in the world. It is a lesson for the people who are eager to go abroad and make money, with no proper visa. Though it is a fiction, I could feel the pain and trauma the author must have gone through while writing this book. It is a must read book, and hope an English version of this book will come out soon, so that non-Malayalees can also read this amazing book.

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30 December 11
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Excellent Narration

My First try with flipkart - Fast response to the order.

The Best thing of this book is about the way author narrates the desert and the Feelings of Najeeb(main character). Benyamin does it such a way that , even the readers will feel happy when u see a bucket full of water for taking a bath. The feelings are strongly passed ,straight into your heart.
The situation ans the charas remain in your mind long after you finishes the Book.

A must read ......

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04 April 13
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A book to own

'Aadujeevitham' for sure is one of those books that should be a part of your library. One that you take up to read again and again and lend to your friends and make them read too. Its simple style of narration takes you into the desert with Najib and see his life through his eyes. By the end you are left humble and grateful for all you take granted in life.

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Don't think twice in getting this book. This book is really one of the best.Hats off to the author for writing such a great book.

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Be prepared.....

let's take preparations to live like a goat dude..when that phase come with unexpected pace... thanks

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This is very nice book & very good for improvement....I think everybody should read this book........

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Be thankful for what you have...

Very touching.....it will teach you be happy & thankful for what God has given to you....the hero did not leave faith in Go...

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Must read book
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    Book: Aatujeevitham (Malayalam) by K. Shereef
    ISBN Number: 8184231172, 9788184231175, 978-8184231175

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