Thursday, July 2, 2009

When you really want something...

Have you ever really wanted something with all your heart? And got it also?

I came across a line in Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" which goes, ".. when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it". Does this line ring a bell? Yea yea, you would've seen a indianized version of this in the movie Om Shanthi Om - "Kitni Shiddat se tujhe paane ki koshish ki hai, ke har zarre ne mujhe tumse milane ki saazish ki hai" Tee hee I didn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out because the rest of the world has already seems to have made the connection as revealed by a Google search :p

Anyway, coming to the point, I don't seem to be sharing the same luck as the protagonist of the novel or SRK in OSO. Or, maybe I didn't want what I thought I wanted badly enough. Or, the universe just decided to conspire against me instead of the other evil forces.

Now wait, there's one thing in the book that really got me in a tizzy. Ya, the book is all fantastic and awe-inspiring and many other things that a lot of people will testify for. But, it is so GENDER BIASED! I mean, seriously, the protagonist has dreamt of this major treasure which he pursues relentlessly with the help of omens, and then he meets this girl who just happens to be only an "omen" in his pursuit of the treasure. Not only that, the boy is also told that the girl has achieved her dream in life by meeting the boy. I was like, WHAT! The girl is only a means to achieve his dreams and the boy is the girl's dream itself! OK, I'm not big on Women's Liberation and Gender Equality and all that jazz, but still, Hello! What was Paulo Coelho thinking? Thats the only thing that's stopping the book from becoming my favorite. Mr.Paulo, are you listening?

4 comments:

ranjani said...

I don't know if Mr. Paulo has the time to listen to your mad musings....meaningful though they're :P

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Sakina Adeeb said...

Whats with the onion? Btw...i loved the book too much to even think about the way you felt..neverthless..nice post :)

Mariya said...

@Sakina Adeeb I have no idea about the onion thing. the only onion i know is the one I add to the Biryani hehe.