It's been a while since I have written here- in my space. Life has been good and there is no dearth of topics to write about! Yet, every time I open the New Post page, I close it after a while thinking there is nothing meaningful to write about. This has been going on for over a month now. I just realized, I have unnecessarily been curbing my 'want' to write.
When we write, we don't always write about one topic. There is always so much going on in the mind. With the rate of gruesome crimes committed in India going up every hour, it is disheartening to read the newspapers every morning. Today, we have more like-minded compassionate people who take up causes and live by them. I am positive about a better society in the days to come.
On the self front, there is work to finish at office and home, there is right writing to do, there is the Indian Premier League (IPL) to watch and get ovetly emotional at the end of every match! And of course, when you get to snatch time for things you want to do - there is that one good book you want to curl up with before calling it a day. For me, off late - that book happens to be 'Manuscript Found in Accra' by my all time favorite author Paulo Coelho.
I read the book early this month on a flight. I got engrossed and finished it at one go- all in two hours. But since then, I have re-read the book at least 10-12 times. I have pages and paragraphs underlined that I have read again and again. This is definitely not the first time I did this! It started with 'The Alchemist' days. I read Alchemist in 2003 and loved it. I picked up some more Paulo Coelho titles- and kind of got addicted to his books. 'By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept' is straight from the heart and I love the book too much! Simple writing - yet so compelling, so moving. You cannot help but get completely absorbed in the book. I also liked 'Veronica Decides to Die'. And of course, 'Brida' was an instant favorite a couple of years back. I can go on and on about Coelho's books and writing. When I read him, I want to visit Brazil and someday- hope to read his original work in Brazilian. If the translated writings in English are so enticing, I wonder how beautiful the original must be. The people- the places he talks about in his books- I want to visit them. Traveling round the world and staying in East Europe or in Bali, or maybe amid the bountiful nature in our very own Manali... it would be so joyful to reside in these places for a while and write to your heart's content.
For all the honesty and the simplicity in expression - I can connect with Coelho's books instantly. His quotes always have a way of finding a place in my heart. Most of these are timeless... immortal.
If you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it - this line from The Alchemist has changed people's lives. It continues to motivate people to pursue their dreams and realize them.
Writers are dreamers and dreamers make things happen :)