The most difficult enigma of Gulf Malayali life remains this: how does this over-politicised community, used to incessant cycles of protest marches, labour strikes and sit-ins, meekly submit itself to the tyrannical discipline of work life in the Gulf? How could they unlearn their deeply entrenched Stalinist version of communism and make themselves amenable to the avaricious designs of predatory capitalism? Did they actually suppress their genetically inherited irreverence and cynicism or just compartmentalise their life so neatly and adopt a schizophrenic existence?
Shajahan Madampat is a writer & cultural commentator currently living in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has to his credit three critically acclaimed books in Malayalam, in addition to numerous essays and articles in Malayalam, English and Arabic. His articles have appeared in The Hindu, Frontline, Economic and Political Weekly, Outlook Travel, Mainstream, Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Bahrain Tribune, Al Arabi (Kuwait), and the US Library of Congress Website. He served on the faculty of DC School of Management and Technology, Vagamon, Kerala, and Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), Chennai as Visiting Professor, lecturing in Cultural Studies. He has presented papers and given talks at many national and international conferences and seminars held in India and abroad on literary and cultural topics. Shajahan has an M.Phil in Middle Eastern Studies and an MA in Arabic Literature, both from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
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