Fiction

Ponnachi or The Story of a black goat

Ponnachi or The Story of Black goat by Perumal Murugan

Perumal Murugan is an Indian author, scholar and literary chronicler who writes novels in Tamil. He has written six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry to his credit. Three of his novels have been translated into English: Seasons of the Palm, which was shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize in 2005, Current Show and One Part Woman. Ponnachi was one of the shortlisted books for JCB Price List 

One fine evening, when an old man who was with his herd of goats to help them feed encounters a mysterious strange person with a day old goat kid. He was given the kid for free and the goat itself was a unique one. In the day’s black goats are a rarity, this is one was full black goat kid which set it apart from others and it also came from mother or lineage per se who has a capability to deliver 7 babies at a go. She became the center of attention for the couple as their daughter was aways and they considered her to be one. Also, the kid was very fragile and needed care and attention.  During her childhood days, she gets all the attention only to lose it once puberty hits. She is domesticated like others, she litters 7 kids in her first pregnancy, starts to have a feeling for another goat who happens to live in the woman’s daughter house. The little pleasure that she gets is what she lives and clings on to it. The events that unfold in her life makes rest of the story 

This is my second after  ” Animal Farm” which revolves around the life of animals as the protagonist. It is sad little pleasure and to space, they get to breath are just between the life and death. Their lives are in the hands of the humans who supposedly own them and they get to decide whom they get to sleep when to have babies when they need to slaughter. All these animals expect is love from them and which we as humans fail to give and use it for our selfish needs 

I would rate the book 4/5

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