Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Alchemist

I just read the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It turned out to be a fantastic reading, with all those wise philosophy packed in a simple story. In fact I felt I had learnt a lot and I felt contented after I finished the book. The story is about a boy who goes in search of his dreams and on his way he learns a lot of things about life. There is this concept about Omens emphasized in this book. I initially felt that they are used just to make the reading interesting but as the story approached the end, a feeling that Omens may be true gripped me. In fact, it is known that dogs start barking just before an earthquake!
Haven't you felt that something is going to be wrong and it actually happens so?
How do you explain Intuition?
These things may suffer from being scientifically unexplainable, as of now at least, but I feel that it is important to hear to these and to listen to what your heart has to say at times.
The film Butterfly Effect starts with this phrase :

It is said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world

-Chaos Theory

Think over this. May be Chaos theory cannot explain about Omens fully, but it gives us a feeling that things are inter-connected. The cat crossing road you take, has something to do with you (and your future). Sounds nasty?
Anyways, here are some of my favourite quotes from the novel :

The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.

When you want something, all the universe helps conspires to help you achieve it.

The closer one gets to realizing his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being.

Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.

If you get a chance to read that book do read it! Paulo Coelho gave a gem of writing to the world. Hats off sir!