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Deromanticizing the diasporic life: Benyamin's goat days
, J. Jose
Published in IUP Publications
Volume: 12
Issue: 3
Pages: 57 - 61
According to Maharaj (2008, 23), "The Indian diaspora may be regarded as international phenomena-it has a presence in more than 100 countries globally." In recent times, the evolving role of migrants in the labor markets of the Gulf countries has attracted many people from developing countries like India. The people of the southern part of India, particularly Keralites and Tamils, have considered the Gulf a "promised land" for pursuing a good career and to attain economic stability. The "Gulf boom" is a period in the recent history of Kerala during which a large number of people have gone to the Gulf countries with great hopes and dreams. These people are ready to do all kinds of jobs and are willing to work hard. They put in a lot of efforts into their jobs and save most of their earnings. A visa to Gulf is like a treasure even at this point of time. Even the popular media cultivated this image of "gulf" as a "promised land." While the flashy nature of the Gulf countries has enchanted many people, for others, it has been like a mirage in a desert. Only after reaching there, they realize that those dreams still remain dreams and are not realized. This is well evident in the novel Goat Days written by Benyamin, which this paper focuses on. © 2017 IUP Alll Rights Reserved.
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