|Award winning Malayalam author, Benyamin |
Photograph by Wadood Siddiqui
Acclaimed Malayalam author, Benny Benjamin who writes under the pseudonym and is popularly known as Benyamin was the chief guest on 26th November 2011 marking the last day of the India Focus, Sharjah International Book Fair.
Benyamin published his first book Aadujeevitham (Life as a goat) and was recently awarded with the ‘Top Malayalam Literary Award’.
His inspiration to writing comes from the passion for reading, he developed during his 20 year stay in the gulf country whilst working on a shift of 8 hours a day.
“Aadujeevitham was a great experience it is based on a true story about a man I met, who lived in the desert for so many years alone herding goats,” said Benyamin.
Unlike other upcoming authors, Benyamin didn’t have any have any trouble finding publishers for his first book. “I work hard on my stories they are based on life-experiences that I wish to share with the audience and the publishers also liked my writing,” he said.
Benyamin believes that reading values and habits are the same, only the medium in which they read has changed due to new media convergence. The author is an active blogger and also uses social networks such as Facebook to take part in discussions and promote his books.
“The world is changing because of Facebook and people are moving forward. So, we writers have to be a part of it or else we’ll be left behind,”
In collaboration with D.C.Books, Benyamin is launching his second book ‘Yellow Shadows of Death’, unlike the previous book this is a suspense-thriller Malayalam novel that is fictionally balanced as it explains from the viewpoint of a protagonist and the narrator who undergoes major changes in the timeline throughout the novel.
Benyamin also advised young writers that to read more. “It is only when you read and notice the changes in literature, you can become can a writer. You have got to move forward, read more and work hard for a better tomorrow is within grasp.”
Report by Qudsiya Siddiqui