Jul 272012
 

The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho, was first published in 1987 in Portuguese and has gone on to sell more than a million copies worldwide and is present on every best-seller list worldwide. A simple story about hope, destiny and dreams, The Alchemist has inspired people around the world to re-look at their lives and pursue what they actually believe in.

It is the story of a Shepherd boy named Santiago who has recurring dreams of hidden treasure and who is continuously troubled by these dreams. At first hesitant to venture out of his homeland, the boy finally realizes that these are prophetic messages that he should listens to and undertakes a long journey to search for The Alchemist who holds the answer to his dreams.

During his travels, Santiago learns to read the signs and messages that nature shows him and interacts with a lot of people, each of whom advices him on different facets of life and each of whom gives him a new learning. Every new day brings something new for the boy to learn and he slowly begins to understand the ways of the world. During his travels, he also falls in love with a girl named Fatima who teaches him about love and its purpose in life.

Throughout The Alchemist, there is one message that keeps getting repeated and that is that one must always follow one’s dreams and heart for only then will he attain true satisfaction. There is a beautiful saying in the book that if one truly wants something, then the entire universe will come together to make it happen.

Like it says in the book, it is better to overcome the fear because the pain of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. It’s not the goal that matters in the end, but the journey undertaken to achieve that goal.

The Alchemist, through its simple and poetic writing is one book that will force you to think about how to life your life. With a mix of spirituality and practicality, the book will help you understand the universal language of the world and more importantly, your heart. For all those who’ve always wanted to follow their dreams but were afraid to do so, this book is meant for you.

The Alchemist is present on every best-seller list worldwide and also holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated book in history ever by a living author. It is available at all leading bookstores worldwide and can also be bought through online retailers at a discounted price.

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Feb 172012
 

Ravinder Singh, the author of I Too Had A Love Story, is now back with his second novel titled Can Love Happen Twice. Both these books have become very popular with the masses mainly because of the honesty and simplicity with which they’ve been written.

The USP of this book is the honesty with which it is written – a tale of true yet painful love. It touched a chord deep within my heart and also that of readers worldwide. It has gone on to become a national bestseller with thousands of copies in print.

The first touch, the first kiss, the first of everything in any relationship is something that is always remembered. These moments have been captured brilliantly in the book thanks to its author. I Too had a Love Story will move you to tears due to the emotions attached with the story and the heart-wrenching words associated with it.

The book, I too had a love story, takes off when four old friends decide to meet each other for the first time after a few years out of college. Their topic of discussion, like all boys talk, soon moves to girls when each of the four friends discuss about marriage and the girl of their dreams. Once they go back home, Ravin, the protagonist, sees an online matrimonial ad and registers for the same just for kicks.

However, as fate would have it, he soon meets a girl named Khushi online through the site. Their friendship begins over the phone and even though they have never met each other, this friendship soon blossoms into love after they chat over a long period of time. This part especially has been very well written by the author and he captures each nuance of the budding romance in a captivating manner.

They both decide to meet after some time and take their friendship onto the next level of marriage. The cute and sweet conversations between the two protagonists is sure to melt one’s heart and make readers fall in love with the characters. I too had a love story is a book that echoes with the innocence of pure, unadulterated love and that is the reason for its popularity.

The climax of the story is one that will move you to tears. I will not reveal the climax but it is commendable in the way in which the author touches those painful chords inside all of us. I too had a love story is definitely a must read book for every person who has been in love and especially for those who have loved and lost someone special. I Too Had A Love Story is a must read book for everyone!

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