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WINNER of the JCB PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2018

Sameera Parvin moves to an unnamed Middle Eastern city to live with her father and her relatives. She thrives in her job as a radio jockey and at home she is the darling of the family. But her happy world starts to fall apart when revolution blooms in the country. As the people's agitation gathers strength, Sameera finds herself a
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Hardcover, First Edition, 264 pages
Published June 20th 2018 by Juggernaut Books (first published June 1st 2014)
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Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the best written novels ever👍
This has easily become one of my fav reads of the year.
I will not forget the characters ever; the scenes, the dialogues, the riots and the protests, the killings and the misunderstanding that are still prevalent today regarding the Muslims.
This book has been narrated in such a simple yet powerful way that it was impossible of me to put it down until I reached the last page.
Finally, a book worth the hype and all👍
However, I cannot find the title relevant. And th
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Meera Nair
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jasmine Days tells the story of Sameera as she gets accustomed to living in a Middle Eastern city with her father and relatives. This shift away from home and her new job as an RJ brings her closer to assimilating with people of different backgrounds. Her friendships take on new definition when the city gets torn apart by religious conflicts. In this contemporary fiction, the author draws up a raw and gritty picture of the effects of communal tension and violence.

This novel surpassed my expecta
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Padmaja
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Jasmine days is a beautiful hard hitting book which hits you at the right places. It's a very relevant book in today's times. Read on to know my thoughts about it.
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Jasmine days is set in the background of the Arab Spring revolution and the story is told through Sameera, a Pakistani immigrant who works as a RJ in Orange Radio. Her daily life revolves around squabbles with the 'Malayalam mafia' and her extended family in Taya ghar. She narrates her story to a character named Javed, whose
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Sandra
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a Malayali who has always claimed of detesting her malluness, I found myself cringing and even getting stung by the Frank depiction of Mallu apoliticalness, and the eagerness of mallus to otherise people and isolating them by speaking in Malayalam in the presence of a non-malayali. I gave the novel three stars for that sharp observation.

Sameera Parwin baffled me by her immense strength, and had me swear and cry towards the end of the book. You would think I gave my fourth star because of thi
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Ankita Chauhan
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is so much to learn from this book, loved the prose style, metaphore, the way to express emotions, the unsaid words between the protagonist and her father. though i am not interested into politics but author did justice by writing those heart wrenching scenes with such brilliance, makes Jasmine Days a must read book.
Sudeepta Pradhan (booksteaandmore)
review coming soon. this is but a must read
Gail (The Knight Reader)
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-lit, 2018
I absolutely love books that teach me something I don't know. Jasmine Days taught me a lot.

Jasmine Days is the winner of the JCB Prize for Literature, 2018. It was my second read from their shortlist and I can see why it won the award.

Jasmine Days tells the story of Sameera, a young RJ who has moved to an unknown Middle Eastern country from Pakistan, to be with her father and extended family. Here, Sameera narrates her experiences during the Arab Spring of 2011 with much clarity and feeling. W
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Chittajit Mitra
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story revolves around a Pakistani girl Sameera Parvin who comes to an unnamed Middle Eastern city to work & live with her father who has been working there for many years. She lived at her eldest uncle’s house with other relative who helped her father as well as other relatives get jobs & settle down. The uncle was a high ranking police official & got her father a job at the police only. He also got her a job as a radio jockey. Things were going smoothly in her life & she got ...more
MRIDULA
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why should you read this:
-Fluid, conversational style narrative that doesn't make itself complicated at any point
-Diverse characters, multiple views
-A chance to form your own opinion after considering all sides
-A plot that gets intense with every chapter, makes you anticipate the worse and delivers exactly that.

Detailed review soon.
Surabhi Chatrapathy
Art is political as much as it is not. It is inherently more profound.
Jasmine Days brings to your lap the reality of a revolution. How a revolution gives you an identity and destroys the same over night. The language of this book is simple, but the story is over whelming. The language is only a tool, the essence of it is the characters. Ah so well craved out!
Sameera's innocence tugs at your heart.
Situated in an unnamed middle Eastern country, the book beautifully paints the history of the Ara
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Hiran Venugopalan
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ബെനയാമിനറെ പുതിയ 'ഇരടട നോവലുകൾ' : രണടു പുസതകങങളും തമമിൽ ബനധമുണടെങകിലും തുടർ നോവലലല. ഏത വായിചചും തുടങങാം. പേരിനോടുളള കൗതുകം കൊണടാവാം ആദയം വായിചചത 'അൽ അറേബയൻ നോവൽ ഫാകറററി'യാണ. അറബ ജീവിതം, �ജനാധിപതയതതിനും അവകാശതതിനും വേണടി നടകകുനന മുലലപൂ വിപലവവുമാണ രണടു പുസതകതതിനറേയും ഇതിവൃതതം. നോവൽ ഫാകറററി കാരയവിവരമുളള അതിഥിയായി നിനന പരശനങങളെ പഠികകുകയും അനുഭവങങൾ കേൾകകുകയും ചെയയുമപോൾ, 'മുലലപപൂ നിറമുളള പകലുകൾ' മതതതിനറെ ഉളളിൽ ഇരുനന കൊണട കലാപതതെയും കലാപകാരണങങളേയും കേൾകകുകയും ഭയകകുകയും ചെയയുനനു. കലാപ-ജനാധിപതയ-ഭരണ-സാമപത ...more
Sahil Pradhan
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of Radio Jockey Sameera whose life changes when revolution strikes

Young Radio Jockey Sameera Parvin from Pakistan immigrates to an unnamed city in the Middle East where she tells the story of the Arab Spring of 2011 in Benyamin’s new novel. Sameera thrives in her job and is the darling of her family, but her happy world starts to fall apart when a revolution occurs in the country. As the people’s agitation gathers strength, she is forced to choose between family and friends, loyalty an
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Divya
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
First off, thank you JCB Prize long list for putting this beautiful book as one of your nominations! I would have never read it (says a lot about my taste in literature, doesn't it?)had I not chanced upon this book on Juggernaut. Also, thank you Juggernaut for having this book on your app. That being said, here's a few things I did not know when starting Jasmine Days :
1. It was originally a book in Malayalam written by a Malayali author. This is important, because I am a Malayali and I never kne
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Neeraj T C
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ഇരടട നോവലുകളിൽ രണടാമതായി വായിചചു. സമീറ പർവീണ എനന റേഡിയോ ജോകിയുടെ കണണിലൂടെ "അറബ വിപലവം" വിവരികകുനനു.നമമുടെ മനസാകഷിയെ തനനെ പിടിചചുലയകകുനന വിവരണങങൾ ഇതിലുണട. ബാബയും തായയും അലിയും സടരിംഗ വാകെർസും നമമുടെ മനസസിൽ തങങി നിലകകുനനു. . "എണണ" അധികാരികളെ സമപനനരാകകി.അവരുടെ അളവററ സമപതതിൽ നിനന ചില എലലിൻ കഷണങങൾ ജനങങൾകക എറിഞഞു കൊടുകകാനും മറനനിലല. അതതരം ആനുകൂലയങങൾ ജനതയെ അടിമതതിലെകക നയിചചു. ആ ജനത തിരിചചറിവിലേകക ഉണരുനനു. വിപലവം നയികകുനനു. . പിനനീട അധികാരികൾ വിപലവം അടിചചമർതതനനതും സവനതം ജനതയെ വേടടയാടുനനതും തുറനനു എഴുതുന ...more
Anoop
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-collection
Benyamin has developed from a fiction writer to an 'write for thought' category..
reminded me of Anand's writing...
Annette mathews
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has been doing the rounds ever since it was nominated for the JCB prize for literature and I was naturally curious to read this book.
We see an RJ returning back to work after a long break . She has met with some tragedy but the readers are not yet made aware of the situation in the beginning . This is how Jasmine Days starts
As the story progresses , the story changed its dynamics from the radio world to Politics and Religion . Sameera, the RJ is writing the events unfolding in the cit
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Sanuj Najoom
സമീറ എനന പെൺകുടടി ജീവിതതതിൽ നേരിടുനന സനതോഷം നിറഞഞ ദിനങങളും പിനനിടടു വരുനന സങകടങങളും അനുഭവങങളാൽ തീർതത അവസഥകളും ആണ നോവലിനറെ ഇതിവൃതതം. അറബ രാജയങങളിൽ ഉണടായ മുലലപപൂ വിപലവതതിനറെ അനുഭവ കഥയാണ സമീറ വിവരികകുനനത. സമാധാനതതിലും അതിലേറെ ആനനദതതിലും പോയിരുനന ജോലിസഥലവും അവിടുതതെ സുഹൃതതുകകളും, കുടുംബവും ബനധുകകളും എലലാവരുടെയും ആ നലല അവസഥ ഹനികകപപെടുനന രീതിയിൽ നാടടിൽ ഉടലെടുതത വിപലവം മാറുകയാണ.

സമീറയുടെ വിവരണം നമമളെ പിടിചചിരുതതി വായികകാൻ പരേരിപപികകും. ചില സാഹചരയതതിൽ സമീറയെ ഒനന ചേർതതണചചു ആശവസിപപികകാൻ വരെ തോനനിപപോയി.

ബെനയ
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Pascal Dsouza
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading this bought back memories of my aunt and uncle narrating their ordeals and what they saw during the gulf war of the late 80’s.
This is my first Benyamin read and I’m glad I purchased goat days too. Gonna read that next.
Smriti
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an important book to read! Simple and well put, it has stories that need to be read, need to be understood.

More coming up.
Natasha Borah Khan
"Jasmine Days" is set against the backdrop of the Arab Springs. It gives a glimpse into the lives of many immigrants from the Indian subcontinent working and residing in the middle eastern countries.
Sameera moves to the City to join her father and many of her immediate family. Outspoken and a rebel, she lands up in her dream job of being a Radio Jockey. But her life comes to a halt when she is crushed between the two parties to an uprising, her family in a adopted land and her best friend on th
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Anoop Nair
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No words!!! if u want to know the real reason of the failed Bahrain uprising you should read this book. if u want to know how muslims are split on Sunnis and Shia's then u shud read this. awesome real life story written by a girl who witnessed the whole thing and wrote from her own experience.

bennyamin is grooming into an amazing author. the second or twin part of his twin novel really moved me. must read!
SAJEEHA SAJUDHEEN
Mullapoo Niramulla pakalukal is one of the best book which lies close to the reality that beleive all the characters in the novel are real. Sameera,Her Baba,Ali,String walkers,Taighar etc...Will be their in mind of each and every person.A big congrates to Benyamin.
Amitabh
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Benyamin vanishes the boundaries between reality and fiction with a master stroke.
Mhonchumi Kikon
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know why it took me longer to read this book!! But, hey! now I am glad to add this masterpiece in my 'Already Read' list.
Jasmine Days is an awe-inspiring book by Jasmine DaysBenyamin. The novel narrates the story of Sameera Pravin, a passionate and young radio jockey who happened to be an immigrant from Pakistan. As the novel unfolds the journey of Sameera, it recounts the story of how her adopted country falls into political turmoil and how slowly a revolution blooms in the country. Sa
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Shilpa Kulkarni
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Happy Independence Day folks!

As India was gearing up to celebrate the 72nd Independence Day, I was burning the midnight oil and pacing through ‘Jasmine Days.’ It was probably the most appropriate book I could have picked for the occasion. It made me reflect on the meaning of freedom, nationality, patriotism and all the baggage that comes in a world with borders.

Jasmine Days is the first political-fiction I read, and it took me a while to get through it. I took a more than a few days to get thr
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Rini Elizabeth Varghese
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
"In the most trying moments of your life, do only that you know to be absolutely right. Thousands of people will approach you and offer thousands of opinions. Do not be influenced, do not give into temptations. Stand steadfast in truth. You will win.."- An old bookworm (Jasmine Days)
Benyamin's Jasmine Days is a story of conflicts about religious revolutions sets out as Arab spring revolution in Manama Bahrain which first published in Malayalam in 2014 and translated into English in 2018.
This b
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Zinnia Sheoran
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The novel is told in the voice of Sameera, a young Pakistani woman who works as a radio jockey in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. Unnamed yes! But just a few pages into it, I did some research and figured out it is possibly set in Bahrain. The author skillfully presents this fiction as a fact and establishes its authenticity in more than one ways.

Sameera’s life revolves around her work (a radio channel) and home (immigrants from Pakistan). And these two settings bring out a lot of interesting
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Krutika Puranik
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Jasmine Days.
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The story takes place in an unnamed middle eastern country during the time of revolt, freedom, protests and patriarchal society. The protagonist in the story is a migrant called Sameera who moves to the country and takes up the job of a RJ in a well known radio station. She notices different groups of people based on their language and religion and over the time, music brings a bunch of people together including Sameera.
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Here, she meets Ali, a man who later becomes her best friend,
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Arathi Unni
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
From my earliest memories of following any news, I’ve seen world events being dominated by religious & social wars around the world. Their expression could be different in different parts of the globe, but their impact on the human microcosm has always been the same. More often than not, we tend to pick a side in these cases, one that seems the obviously right one. But what happens when you peek across the wall and see a picture that challenges the foundation of your beliefs & life? Jasm ...more
Malvika
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the most trying moments of your life, do only that you know to be absolutely right. Thousands of people will approach you and offer thousands of opinions. Do not be influenced, do not give into temptations. Stand steadfast in truth. You will win
- Old BookWorm (Jasmine Days)

After reading the book halfway, I googled about the Jasmine Revolution and I got to know it started with the self-immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia, spread to Egypt, Libya and Morocco. In Jasmine Days, the protagonis
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Benyamin (born 1971, Benny Daniel) is an Indian novelist and short story writer in Malayalam language from Nhettur, Kulanada, Pattanamtitta district of the south Indian state of Kerala. He is residing in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1992, from the age of twenty, and his works appear regularly on Malayalam publications in Kerala.
“അവസരങ്ങൾ പറക്കും നക്ഷത്രങ്ങളെപ്പോലെയാണ്. നമ്മുടെ കണ്മുന്നിൽ വച്ച് അത് അപ്രത്യക്ഷമാകും. പിന്നെ അതിനെയോർത്ത് വ്യാകുലപ്പെട്ടിട്ട് ഒരു കാര്യവുമില്ല.” 16 likes
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