Nowadays where other writers are choosing romantic, thriller, horror and other trending genre to write, Nikhil Ramteke opted a totally different genre to write and done his job well. First, I congratulate him for writing on such subject. Many have wrote stories and novels on Indian labour and their situation but It is one of its own kind. He has wrote about a fisherman who migrates to UAE in search of livelihood. Nikhil Ramteke currently living in UAE. Mainly focused on Indian labour’s situation in gulf, he narrates a heartbreaking story and his experience in UAE.
Story At a Glance :
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 an inspirational and emotional story. But at the same time, it describes many other things to us. A motivating life of a poor fisherman and how he managed to overcome this poor situation. The writer showed as many other aspects apart from the situation of Indian migrant labours.He tells the story of an atheist fisherman of kerela named Shijukutty. Like many Indians he migrates to Dubai in expectation high income. Nikhil tells a very heart touching and untold story of migrants from many south Asian countries in Dubai. The 365 days reveal black side of the lime light of Dubai. How they are cheated every time but they face all things bravely. The labours working in India have also almost same conditions. I know this better because my father was also a labour working under contractor in a steel plant. He always told me about these things. When I read this novel, I told him about this. He listened the story carefully and agreed on this. He also praised the writer for writing such novel.
Now, If I talk about the negative points of this novel then, there is no any such point but I think on some points writer could have done well. Narration is good but not so interesting. I am not doubting on the skills of the writer as he has wrote some chapters very well. But he should have taken care of reader while writing as he has written everything as he experienced or thought. Language is not so easy and repeated description irritate sometimes. It seems that some chapters are unnecessarily included. But the main positive which overshadow all these is the story of novel. The sketches on some pages are awesome and related to the story. In between the story, the writer has provided us many useful informations. Now, Title of the novel is appropriate but cover could be better than this. Back side of the cover is far better than the front. At last I recommend this novel to all those who want to read something good and different by an Indian author. Nikhil Ramteke has done an extraordinary work.
My Rating – 4/5
My Favorite Lines :
Memories of her smell, her warmth, and her sensuousness would rouse me no end. It was ecstasy of the highest order in that desert of deprivation. The good thing about memories is that you can carry them with you anywhere. They are at once real and surreal. They can’t be censored or stolen or hacked. And they last a lifetime…
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. 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. The 365 days is his debut novel.
More About The Book:
Title – The 365 Days
Author – Nikhil Ramteke
Publisher – Write India Publishers
No. of Pages – 178
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