Thursday, May 08, 2008

Another Magical Journey

The train began to move. The last few days passed away before I knew it and here I was alone on the journey. I felt lonely.
And it occurred to me that felt and left have just two consonants interchanged. Don't ask me why it occurred to me. But as usual I have a book to keep me company - "The Zahir" by Paulo Coelho.

I think I'm beginning to fall in love with Paulo Coelho. It's not the story nor the style of writing nor the concept. It's the person behind the book. He talks about love and all the usual stuff. But he's different.

It transforms the world around me. The dimensions of time and space do not mean anything to me. Pages turn and I am transported to France and Central Asia while in reality from Chennai to Bangalore. The book is a journey just like mine. In search of people emotions, energy of love.

But if there was one thing that I would like to change about the book, it would be the ending.

The book is about an extremely successful man who goes in search of his wife who left him. She had helped him become the success that he is and was very happy with him. Yet she left him. She was a war correspondent who found men at limits adorn ultimate love and came back to tell her husband the stories and yet she left him. She left him without notice. She just left him.
And as this wife transforms into his Zahir swallowing every thought of his, he begins his quest for her. And through this journey he finds out what really matters to her and what she truly is.

At the end of the novel he finally reaches her and gets her back. A happy ending, just like how I like it. But for this particular book I would have liked it if the story ended at her doorstep when he holds the doorknob and turns it. I felt it would have made more sense not to reveal what happens after he meets her. The reason being, the book is about the journey. It's not about the result.
Just like in the Bhagavadgeeta, concertrate on doing your best and forget about the result.

15 comments:

  1. A lotta books actually end on a note in which the reader actually gets to decide the ending... Based on his/her imagination and level of optimism flowing through the veins the ending is decided.... This way the book stays with you longer than you want.... The state of mind that you are in that moment plays a major part...

    So THIS was the theory behind the masterful and uncertain endings of fiction based books... Yawn!!

    But probably the author didnt want it that way... May be... May be he wanted to end the book with a more hopeful message that it is possible and you can actually tuna fish!!

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  2. Hello!

    I'm a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He's the first best-selling
    author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:
    www.paulocoelhoblog.com


    Have a nice day!

    Aart

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  3. @puppet
    yes.. thank u for enlightening me.. i jus felt that it wud have been nice open ended...
    and it wasn't exactly a happy ending according to me since the protagonist got his wife back but she is pregnant and her husband doesn't even know the father and how it didn't matter to him is something beyond me to understand. I prolly aint broad-minded enough :|



    and btw.. thanks for still sticking around and commenting even though i go into deep slumber every now and then :)


    @aart
    thank you for stopping by.. i remember u from the comments on my post abt 11mins

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  4. prolly aint broad-minded enough :|


    This is the first time I have heard this kinda reaction from a girl... Not type-casting... Just observing...

    And yea... Its a pleasure more than anythin... Plus I m too smart to be actually stuck up with anythin that may actually hinder my quest to kill time n not to be bored.... Narcissism comes all but naturally with being extra smart...

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  5. And yea btw abt the Aart dude... Just mention Paul o Coel ho (i did this on purpose so that he doesn't get a straight away hit) anywhere in your post n you will get a comment by him....

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  6. @puppet
    hmmmm... i dunno what u think of me :D

    actually i thought the same abt aart.. but sli.. :)

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  7. Dunno? Shouldn't it be dont care..

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  8. @puppet
    I was tryin not to be rude :D
    but then if i dont care.. i shudnt care not to be rude...

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  9. @puppet
    I was tryin not to be rude :D
    but then if i dont care.. i shudnt care not to be rude...

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  10. 2 fairy:

    paulo cohello is gettin to U ..
    U need to stop n that too big time,

    I accidentally ended up turnin a senior from college into a die hard cohello fan.
    I am still regrettin that.


    she tells me cohello makes so much sense in Zahir, n that I too made sense when I gave her my understanding of luv, n that It was synchronous with wat is there in the ZAhir.


    I mean w/e

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  11. @madman
    muahahhahahahahh

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  12. @madman
    muahahhahahahahh



    gud one fairy

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  13. @madman
    u are my teacher :D

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  14. @madman
    u are my teacher :D


    finally I m impressed :P

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  15. @madman
    that i learnt to say "muahahhahahahahh" or that i ve gone mad enuf to learn from madman

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