The author, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, a dedicated freedom fighter and a wanderer due to the same, visited his parental house only very rarely. He would stay in a small house next to the house where he grew up, inside the same compound, so that he could pen down his thoughts in peace. Apart from the grass specially set away for its eating, the goat would munch on anything it found during its leisurely stroll in the house. Complete with real pictures of the goat and its owner, the book is one of the best works by Basheer. It was well received and his only work that was published without any revisions.
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It has a long foreword by the novelist himself and a longer afterword by P K Balakrishnan. This special edition also has illustrations by Sherif and photographs of the real characters including Pathumma and goats.
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Sort order. Dec 16, Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it Shelves: general-fiction , malayalam. Vaikom Muhammad Basheer is not a person - he is an institution. He is one of the pioneers of Malayalam literature. He and his contemporaries wrote realistic fiction before modernism with its tortured dreams and weird fantasies took hold of Kerala. Patthummayude Aadu "Patthumma's Goat" is a fictionalised account of Basheer's family life - only thing is, as with most of his stories, we cannot say what is truth and what is fiction.
The goat belongs to Basheer's sister Patthumma Fatima , and is ch Vaikom Muhammad Basheer is not a person - he is an institution. The goat belongs to Basheer's sister Patthumma Fatima , and is characterised by a voracious appetite. It eats anything and everything.
Basheer describes with his characteristic wry humour how it once ate his lunch, along with the banana leaf it was served on!
And when it starts eating his blanket after polishing off two of his novels, Basheer says: "Dear Goat, please eat all the novels you want, I can get another copy printed: but leave this blanket alone! It costs money, and getting another copy is not easy! Once Basheer's nephew comes crying to him, because the goat has eaten his trouser pocket along with the paise coin inside it: his father will beat him if he comes to know of it.
The kind-hearted novelist gives him money from his strongbox, then catches and ties up the goat and patiently waits for it to defecate, so that he can get his 25 paise back, because money is scarce! In the end, all the siblings band together to defeat Patthumma and her free-roving goat by milking it and using the milk for their own purposes. The novel or rather, novella is shot through with humour even while it attacks serious existential issues.
This is Basheer's trademark. View all 3 comments. Jan 25, Karthika rated it it was amazing. A short and realistic novel. This book describes a small part of author's life and all the characters are his family members. He didn't try to insert plastic situations or dialogues in this book.. Simple languages with natural slang and his narration of the story as himself makes the story more natural and alive.
Humor is invisibly tied with almost all dialogues in the book. I really like the simplicity of the book. The book really worth 5 stars.. Jun 26, Aneesh Kr rated it liked it.
View all 4 comments. Sep 12, Shine Sebastian rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-own , malayalam-classics , malayalam , laughed-my-ass-out. One of the greatest novels in Malayalam language. There is not one character in this novel that I cannot love with my whole heart. As much as I love this book and all the characters in this book, I love and admire the creator of this purest masterpiece even more, as P.
Balakrishnan points out in his notes to this novel, Basheer is one of the few writers like Anton Checkov, whose characters we cannot help but love from the bottom of our heart, even if the characters are atleast some of them i One of the greatest novels in Malayalam language. Balakrishnan points out in his notes to this novel, Basheer is one of the few writers like Anton Checkov, whose characters we cannot help but love from the bottom of our heart, even if the characters are atleast some of them in some way evil and not ideal, in my opinion that's nothing short of magic!!
The domestic animals they have, which fills us with laugh, joy and satisfaction. Jun 11, Anu Kuriakose rated it it was amazing. Jul 15, Sharmitha Tom added it. Like all his written stories this novel also stands as a unique one. When Malayalam novel always focus on other religions it unknowingly veiling the Islam community. Unlike other common novels 'Pathummayude Adu' has something else to say. Though it seems as silly about a goat, Basheer wants to convey something serious.
Apr 19, Aditya rated it it was amazing. This is my first Malayalam novel ever. As there are limitations in how fast I can read this beautiful language, I chose the audiobook version from Storytel app.
The author presents his own POV about the dynamics of his family, the animals in his house and how the ecosystem is just a mirror of the universe. Deeper meanings aside, this is work on simplicity. There is constant ridicule of the complex and a celebration of the simple and the author achieves this by just observing the coexistence of ch This is my first Malayalam novel ever.
There is constant ridicule of the complex and a celebration of the simple and the author achieves this by just observing the coexistence of chaos and beauty around him. This is also a beautiful study on women in the house, the sacrifices women have made that they themselves take for granted. There are brilliant observations on what each gender and age group gets to eat across the day and how their time is spent and valued, the relationship dynamics between the adults, kids and the animals in the house.
And, of course, the lovely protagonist eating the authors books and living life the way it was meant to be lived. Never expected this work to move me the way it did. I had this story to study in 10th standard and I loved it then.
Indebted to Amazon for the Kindle edition of this book. The readathon for reading books in Indian languages inspired me to reread this book.
Usually I have a starting trouble reading malayalam books, but Basheer's books don't fall in that category. I love the writing style, the sarcastic comments and the real life characters. The story starts off with the author coming back home, the house, which was built next to the family house h I had this story to study in 10th standard and I loved it then.
The story starts off with the author coming back home, the house, which was built next to the family house has been given on rent by his youngest brother, so the author has to live in his family home, along with his mother, 3 brothers and their family, chickens and cats. The main protagonist of the book is the goat owned by his younger sister, Pathumma. The story is narrated in first person and takes about all the incidents that takes place there.
It also includes anecdotes of the author 's childhood. I'm still not sure where the events that are described are fictious or not. Recommended for everyone as it is my favorite Apr 30, Shynil Hashim rated it it was amazing Shelves: malayalam. When I along with my friends met Fabi Basheer, she said its her fav book. She summed it up in one word as "oppiyeduthu".
Jul 20, Rameez Jazbi marked it as to-read. Dec 13, Sarath Krishnan added it.
പാത്തുമ്മായുടെ ആട് | Pathummayude Aadu
The goat in the story belongs to his sister Pathumma. Basheer begins the novel with an alternative title for the book, Pennungalude Buddhi The Wisdom of Women. Ever since Basheer first left home to participate in the salt satyagraha at Kozhikode , he had led a wanderer's life; Ottaanthadi, muchaanvayaru. Only occasionally did he return to his home at Thalayolapparambu , with the intention of penning down his thoughts in interludes of tranquility. Next to the house where he grew up, in the same compound, he had a walled-in plot with a small house. He built this retreat himself, and around the house he planted a garden.