Author : Nikhil Ramteke
No. Of pages : 192
Published by : Write India publishers
Available in : Paperback and Kindle
Price : Rs 138
The cover page reveals that the book is built upon the dreams of a man. It also says that his mind is always filled up with acquiring his dreams of living in a metropolitan city.
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.
This is the debut work of the author Nikhil Ramteke. The book is built upon the plot of the protagonist ShijuKutty moving to his dreamland Dubai from Kerala. But only then he realised that his dreamland is always a dream as he was forced into the reality of Dubai. Being in the labour accommodation camp, he faces the other face of his dreamland mixed up with the emotions of pain, distress and hopelessness. The author’s usage of words upholds the coherence of the storyline and the book is an immediate page turner. And the way of narration by the author brings the enacts the scenes infront of our naked eyes. A great book to talk about the hardships of a simple man struggling to fullfil his dream.
Cover : 4.5 / 5
Story : 4 / 5
Overall rating : 4 / 5
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