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. 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.
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Start your review of Pathummayude Aadu Write a review 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.
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! 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.
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