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Follow Your Dreams - The Alchemist

We, human beings irrespective of age and gender dream a lot, during night or any point during daytime. As scientist told dreams are illusions which may or may not have a connection to any event that had occurred during the day. Above all that, some dreams may be exicitng , others frightening or may be a sign for an event that may occur in the near future. But have you ever thought about following your dream? Realised that it happened for a reason??

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is an exciting, adventurous novel which convinces the readers that dreams are not just mere visions, they are meant to be followed. It also imparts knowledge about many aspect of life like omens, Soul of the world and Universal Language of love whose significance can be found out only by those close to the world. Coelho just turns this adventurous and realistic novel to an “inspiring” one by stressing on some facts that most of the people fail to realize making it an International Bestseller.
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It’s a kind of novel that motivates the readers through optimism  tells you that everything is possible as long as you really want it to happen. That may sound like an oversimplified version of new-age philosophy and mysticism but its true.

As the alchemist himself says,

“when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true”

This is the core of the novel’s philosophy and a motif that echoes behind Coelho’s writing all through “The Alchemist”. He also stress on the aspect that love , affection ,adoration cannot refrain anyone from reaching his destiny by saying *“love cannot stop one from pursuing his dreams…if it stops,it’s not true love…..The Universal language of love”.Such phrases and statements forms the the insipiring essence of this novel.

Santiago, a shepherd boy hailing from Andaulsia left his life of becoming a priest and chose to become wanderlust. This boy stood firm on his desire to realise and experience the joy of travelling and for that, as his community suggested to choose his destined profession – a shepherd. He had a recurring dream that he finds a treasure somewhere among the Pyramids of Egypt. He craved for someone to tell that his dream was true and his destiny lies in finding it. He meets a Gypsy woman who tells him that his dream is true and that treasure exists. On this event, he decided to start his venture to the Egyptian Pyramids.

On his way, he meets an old king who points him in the direction for his quest. He makes him convinced that desires should be strong and the whole universe conspires to achieve it. He also hands him over two precious stones – Urim and Thummim, which will help him distinguish between the good and bad omens that will come across. But unfortunately, he gets robbed and works with a crystal merchant to make enough money to continue his journey. Around one year he works for the merchant and gifts him profits due to his job. He , himself was a good omen to the merchant. He makes enough money and continues his journey in search for the treasure.

He meets an Englishman, who is profound in alchemy and he teaches Santiago about the magnificence of alchemy and alchemists. He says him that an alchemist residing in the oasis can help him to reach his goal and he personally wanted to meet the latter. In addition, he teaches Santiago about the Universal language of Love, Soul of the world and they continue their journey in a caravan along with the song of the desert.  When they stop their travel at the oasis, He meets* Fatima*, the love of his life. She being the woman of the desert,  assure him that he will return back to find and marry her if their relationship was true love , bonded by the Universal Language of Love.

He moves on , after a battle between bitter and sour experiences when finally meets The Alchemist who directs him to his fortune but with a twist. Will he find the unexplored treasure..??

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