Who hasn’t heard of the Alchemist? Its one super popular book and I happened to pick it up at an airport many moons ago. By the time my flight landed, I was through with the book and stunned into an appreciation of my life. This book changed my perception of seeing reality and made me more accepting of life.
Title: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coehlo
Genre: Philosophical and mystical fiction
Publication: Harper Collins
Paulo Coehlo is a Brazilian writer who wrote The Alchemist in 1987. Though initially this book didn’t do well, its popularity picked pace in the later years and today it’s on the top spot in bestselling lists of over 70 countries. Other noted books by the author are Eleven minutes, Veronika decides to die, Witches of Portobello.
The Alchemist is the story of Santiago a young shepherd in the Andalusian Mountains, who has a vivid and recurring dream. It’s translated by a fortune-teller who tells him to go follow it to find the buried treasures. The tale follows him on this journey wherein he encounters people and events that shape up his decisions and lead him to make some riches and relationships. He meets more people on this path who encourage him to fulfil his dreams, some even merging their journey with his.
He finds friends, money and love in this undertaking – only to lose all in one way or the other. When he finally reaches the spot of the buried treasure, he meets a man who tells him of a dream that he keeps having of hidden treasures under a tree in a church in a far of land. His description of the spot makes Santiago realise that it’s the church in his hometown and he returns to dig under it to unearth the riches. He then returns to reunite with his love and set up a life with her.
Lasting Impression on me:
The core theme running in The Alchemist is “When one wants something, the entire Universe conspires in helping one to achieve it.” Every day we get numerous choices but the decision to choose which one lies with us and that is what defines our life’s path for us. The concept of destiny is underlined by the fact that Santiago had to travel that entire journey to realise that what he seeks, lies buried from where he started. And every person he met who pushed him to fulfil his dream was the Universe egging him on by presenting him the opportunities.
Each person has their own journey to accomplish in this life and this has been set for them by their destiny; they alone can walk their path to fulfil it. We garner a close circle of well-wishers; only after learning who are not our friends. We learn to trust and analyse motives at the same time, of the people we interact with. We make judgements and decisions based with what we have and where we are at that point in life.
I found this very relevant with my life’s events – be it relationships, physical needs, money, love, happiness, job, car, travel – everything that came my way was what I wanted with all my heart. Any half-hearted attempt at wanting something usually ended in a failure. And everything was because of my choices; because of the decisions that I made.
The Alchemist is a must read for everyone who believes in destiny and wishes to find fulfilment in their life. ****
If you have read this book, I would love to hear your views on it. Have you read other books by Paulo Coehlo? What do you think of his writings?
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