Many reputed authors and reviewers have said many good things about this book after it was published in February of 2006. The author, Elizabeth Gilbert is a middle-aged but young writer. What more proof do we need than the movie itself, starring Julia Roberts. Now, after going through the book, I can say this is an intelligent and happening novel cum journey.
I travelled with Liz and perpetually lived with her. I was with her when she was in America and then took a flight to Pizza and Pasta place, oh yes, I am talking about Italy not a restaurant. Then I travelled to India with her and learned so many things about this great nation. I am talking as if I am not an Indian and come from somewhere else but the description of the life in Ashram is new to me. I have been to an Ashram in India but never been to retreat of anything of that sort. I definitely felt the calmness, the serenity in her words. The description is so vivid that I even felt the heat from the mosquito bites she had during her meditation in the garden. I missed seeing the rest of India with Gilbert. It would have been an extraordinary experience. I wanted more of India. Anyways, as human beings we can never be satisfied with what we get. Our journey continued and we flew to another Asian country. I lived with her in Indonesia and tasted the beauty of ‘The Island of God.’
I experienced the pain of being in bad relationship. My expressions matched that of Liz. I cried, I smiled, I prayed and then I loved. I loved everything; the novel, the author, the settings; the description, the beginning and the end. I was impressed the way she weaved the whole story into “jap mala” or “rudraksh necklace.” It was a great learning experience too; the Italian guys; italian history and architecture, Italian (language); Bali (history,geography, and civics); spirituality and keeping quiet. I was relieved to know my talkative nature and my habit to interrupt others, is not my fault. It’s because of the day I was born. I felt secure knowing that I have four brothers who are protecting me from all evils at all times.
I had a pretty good time with this book. Now, I am looking forward to watch it on screen. But before I conclude, I would like to share one last thing that really touched me and it was the idea of who a soul mate is-
“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person that you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake.”
From- Eat Pray And Love, (India)
Wish You A Happy Reading 🙂