From south Indian state of Kerala near Pandalam hails the most talked and most loved writer of Malayalam Language, Benyamin.
From the age of twenty he lived in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Till that time the only book he read was Bible. After getting free time for hours je was eventually lured to reading and then it became a lovely habit. Now he had written 17 books including the most read best seller Aadujeevitham (Goat Days). His 2011 novel, Manjaveyil Maranangal, which has sold over 40,000 copies, has now been translated into English as Yellow Lights of Death.
“I loved mathematics. I did not take literature seriously until I reached Bahrain,” says Benyamin.
After inculcating the reading habit in one year he read around 140 books and then he began to write, first stories, then novels, hiding behind the pseudonym Benyamin.
He wrote memoirs and short story collections — have two overarching themes: Christianity and the Middle East.
The portrayal of the horrible alienation of the Gulf Malayali through the loneliness, servitude and despair of Najeeb in a goat pen in the vast barrenness of a Saudi desert won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009, was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and long listed for the Man Asian Literature Prize. Even though it is banned in Saudi it is translated to Arabic along with other six languages. It is used as a textbook atKerala University, Calicut University, Bharathiar University, Pondicherry University and 10th standard for Kerala State syllabus.