This is a story that falls through the crevices of pitiless anonymity, yet miraculously waits to be told.
Shijukutty, a Malayali fisherman, leaves his tiny hamlet of abject poverty in the coastal village of Vizhinjam on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, that picturesque vignette of searing beauty on the southwestern coast of India. Shiju, like millions of other Malayalis, seeks his destiny in Dubai, that gleaming global hub of fortune on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. What unfolds is a stirring story of distilled hardship, exploitation, identity, and friendship, and the heartbreaking choices Shiju is often forced to make. So what he sees is not what he experiences when he lands in a world of glimmering towers, fast-paced life, and unabashed opulence. For what he was not prepared for was the dark underbelly of Dubai beyond the shimmering mirage.
Shiju’s life is no more the same. But he holds his ground, drawing on ancient instincts of his seafaring ancestry. As things settle down around him, he is inexorably pulled into the canyon of recession… Will Shiju be able to hold on to his dreams? Will he able to pull out himself from the whirlpool? Will he survive against all odds? Will he redeem himself? Nikhil Ramteke unfolds an extraordinary saga about Indian expatriates, their struggles, their alienation, and their dreams. The 365 Days is more than a story of a year in Shijukutty’s life.
about the author –
Nikhil Ramteke is an M-Tech in Chemical Technology .He is currently working as a Production Manager in a leading multinational FMCG giant -IFFCO, since 8 years. Born & brought up in Nagpur Maharashtra, he currently stays in Sharjah, UAE. Apart from his passion of writing, he is a qualified painter, nominated photographer & an avid traveller. Intrigued by Indian labor’s situation in gulf, he narrates a heartbreaking story & his experience in UAE. The 365 days is his debut novel.
My reviews –
Reading it while travelling, this book gives you goosebumps of the events that take place in a malayalis life – from his beginning to be rich and give amenities to his family, he ends up savouring the dream but with the consequences of being hit and living a miserable life.
He learns about life and retreats it and finds it rejoice in it too.
He is conned by sadique – who says all his riches is formed by working as a construction worker for years and then clearing off those debts and living the riches then.
Dubai becomes one of his nightmares staying away from dhanya his wife and his son.
Just breathing enough with their memories. He is treated poorly and is also given less money until he realises about it, all of it is against him and his dreams won’t be full filled.
Cover and title are apt to the book. This book feels very realistic and also based upon people who getted conned in such things.
The connection between a South Indian and the sea is beautifully described in the book. Narration and imagery is a beautiful aspect of the book.And the way the days of the worker is described says it all. Well researched!
Will he make his dream? Will he go out from there?
Read the book to know more.
Very realistic and amusing read. Keeping you hooked till the end.
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