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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Book Review- Day 1)

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Yes, this is the book that I started my year with. I had actually heard a lot about this book but couldn’t get around to reading it until now. This was a truly inspirational and enlightening read.

Storyline

It is about a young Shepard in Spain who happens to learn about a huge treasure buried under the pyramid of Egypt. And this knowledge comes to him in his dreams and hence the boy is unsure whether it is actually true or not. Eventually, he decides to go for it and see for himself if what came to him in his dreams was actually true. The book is all about the boy’s journey towards his treasure, the happening on this journey,the people he meets and the lessons he learns!

Though the storyline seems darn simple, the book is a lot more complicated than that. There is a huge amount of philosophical aspect to the book that I found damn interesting but my sister banged me with the book when she was through just a few pages! I mean, the book may not be understood and liked by all.

Few of my favorite excerpts from the book!

 “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

Paulo Coelho

This sentence is so true to me. I keep solving other people’s problems so well and yet I give up so easily whenit comes to my life.

 “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Paulo Coelho

I remembered Om Shanti Om of course and every Indian reader would!

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

Paulo Coelho

I found this interesting because……well no reason really. But I have been keeping my eye out for such instances where something happens twice.

In the book, I came across this concept of Urim Thummim which is actually just a pure white and pure black pebble put together in a cotton string bag. Whenever you are in doubt about a situation in life, you close your eyes, ask a yes or no question to the universe, put your hand in and pick out a pebble. If its white (Urim) then the answer is yes and if it is black (Thummim) then it is no.

This October, when I was in Goa, it was the happiest I had been in a long time. On the beach I found so many beautiful pebbles lying. I came across a perfectly white pebble and a perfectly black one. Now I have them out together in a white cotton string bag that I use as my own Urim Thummim sometimes!

Lesson– Wherever you are, that’s where the treasure is. Treasure refers to anything that you hold dear to your heart. It may be love, luck, fame, money, family etc.

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3 thoughts on “The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Book Review- Day 1)

  1. As for things happening twice, thrice, surely you’ll get another baby which will be followed by third one…😂😂😂
    Urim Thummim concept in rural tamil society is called பூப்போடுதல், where 2 chits with the options are laid in front of the god and chosen.. It has nothing to do with god, just for a moral support… You don’t need black, white pebbles from the beaches of goa for that…😜😂😂

    Hoping for your next book review….

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