Aadujeevitham is a 2008 Malayalam novel about an abused migrant worker in Saudi Arabia written by Bahrain-based Indian author Benyamin
The novel is based on real-life events and was a best seller in Kerala. According to media, Benyamin became an “overnight sensation” with the publication of this “hard-hitting story” and is currently one of the top sellers in Malayalam. The original Malayalam version of Goat Days has gone through over 100 reprints.
The novel depicts the life of Najeeb Muhammed, an Indian emigrant going missing in Saudi Arabia. Najeeb’s dream was to work in the Persian Gulf states and earn enough money to send back home. But, he achieves his dream only to be propelled by a series of incidents into a slavelike existence herding goats in the middle of the Saudi desert. In the end, Najeeb contrives a hazardous scheme to escape his desert prison. Penguin Books India’s introduction describes the novel as “the strange and bitter comedy of Najeeb’s life in the desert” and “a universal tale of loneliness and alienation”.
The English translation of the novel appeared in the long list of Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 and in the short list of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013. It also won the Kerala Literary Academy Award for Benyamin in 2009.
And director blessy will conceving this novel to movie. Pritviraj sugumaran will act the lead role. Movie shooting finished and this expecting a lot.
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