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Aadujeevitham Review: The Goat Life

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  • Title: Aadujeevitham (Goat Days)

  • Author: Benyamin

  • Publication Date: July 15, 2008

  • Genre: Survival Novel, Based on True Events

  • Setting: Saudi Arabia


Plot Summary

“The Goat Life” revolves around Najeeb Muhammad, a young man from Kerala who dreams of a better life in the Persian Gulf states. His aspiration is to earn enough money to support his family back home. However, fate takes a cruel turn when he finds himself trapped in a labor camp in Saudi Arabia.

Here are the key elements of Najeeb’s harrowing journey:

  1. Arrival in Saudi Arabia: Najeeb arrives at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, clueless about what awaits him. An Arab man takes him to a cattle farm in the heart of the desert, confirming Najeeb’s worst nightmare.

  2. Slavelike Existence: Assigned to tend goats, sheep, and camels, Najeeb becomes a slave laborer. He endures backbreaking work, hunger, and unimaginable suffering. The brutal farm supervisor keeps him in check with a gun and frequent beatings.

  3. Isolation and Despair: In a foreign land where he doesn’t know the language or the people, Najeeb faces extreme loneliness and alienation. His existence mirrors that of the goats he tends—desolate and devoid of hope.

  4. Escape Plan: Despite the odds, Najeeb contrives a hazardous scheme to break free from his desert prison. His determination and resilience become his only allies.


Themes and Connections

Now, let’s explore how Aadujeevitham resonates with environmental, sustainability, and climate change themes:

  1. Human Exploitation: Najeeb’s plight mirrors the exploitation of natural resources. Just as he tends to goats against his will, our planet’s ecosystems often suffer due to human actions.

  2. Isolation and Alienation: The novel highlights the loneliness Najeeb experiences. Similarly, environmental degradation can lead to isolation—whether it’s the loss of biodiversity or the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities.

  3. Resilience and Survival: Najeeb’s resilience in the face of adversity reflects the strength of the human spirit. Similarly, our collective resilience is crucial in addressing environmental challenges.


Aadujeevitham serves as a stark reminder that our actions have consequences—both for ourselves and the world around us. As we strive for progress, let’s also consider the impact on our environment and work toward a sustainable future.

Remember, just as Najeeb fought for his freedom, we too can make a difference by advocating for responsible environmental practices. 🌿🌎

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