The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A boy wants to see new places and be a traveller. So, he becomes a shepherd. One night his dream shows hidden treasure near the Pyramids. He doesn’t believe it to be true. Then he meets a king who shows him the path and tells him to cross the country to find the treasure. After crossing the country, the boy gets mugged up, so he finds a job in a glass shop. He stays there for a while and saves up for the rest of his journey. One day he decides to leave, and the owner helps him.
He has to cross an entire desert with few people. There, he meets a man who reads during the journey. But, the boy tries to understand the dessert. It is a story of following your inner calling and learning from the surroundings, not just consuming content. He observes life, people, and the desert.

“Everyone has his or her own way of learning things,” he said to himself. “His way isn’t the same as mine, nor mine as his. But we’re both in search of our destinies, and I respect him for that.”

On his way, he thinks about giving up after falling in love but keeps moving ahead. Further, he meets a man who guides him, but they end up getting trapped. The only way out is to turn himself into the sand. This is the most interesting part of the story where the author connects spirituality with the universe as God. On reaching his destination, we learn the second most important part of his journey and ours.
A journey filled with lessons and reaching your destiny. A journey where one learns about spirituality and the importance of moving forward in life. A tale of the importance of experiences and learning about simple aspects of life. It helps us understand why you should trust your flow of life rather than comparing it with others. It’s a story where you look at your experiences as learning rather than tagging them as good or bad. There are no winners or losers in life.

“When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becom ing a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

Everyone is moving at their own pace as their inner calling is screaming at them. A tale about dreams, faith, and beliefs. It shows us how to listen to our inner calling even when we have our doubts.
For the ones who believe in the force of energy, this novel is a must-read. For the ones who want to learn about spirituality, this is a great start.
Three years ago, when I read this book, I didn’t like it because I was too sceptical then. But now, re-reading it, I am in love with the story. This is one of my favourite novels♥️

“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight oth in search of ou because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.”

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