This amazing 201-page thing is more like a Holy b00k to me. Not just this book but every book written by Paulo Coelho. It’s something different, something out of the box, something extravagantly awesome, something that can shake your soul from inside out. No matter the story either a person finding his personal legend or a woman fighting good vs evil, there is always something left in between, something left unsaid, something of a gap un filled and Paulo Coelho fills this gap of questioning and doubts. Every book you read by Paulo Coelho, you’ll at least find a single thing that will put you in deep reverie just like this Holy Book, The Devil & Miss Prym.
The writing of Paulo Coelho is always kind of mystical. He’ll take a simple topic of discussion and will try to explain into such a way, from such different angle that you haven’t had witnessed before. You’ll see those things from different angle, with a sense of sensibility.
Good vs Evil, Angels vs Demons, God vs Devil. How cliché it looks right? Think again!
It’s not a question of judgement but of a mere thought everyone should ask their souls. Think outside the box either you are a religious person or not. This book is not about the story but what the words are saying to each single one of us. Focus on the words. Everyone will feel like this book is especially made for every single of us and it’s not just a mere chance that we read this book randomly but in fact we were destined to read it at precisely the moment when we really need to hear or read every single word written in this book. Remember, nothing in this world happens by chance.
I really loved this book coz it provoked my soul to ask the questions of right and easy, good and bad, light and darkness. It’s never too late to have a fresh start. Whenever I’ll be tempted to react in the same old evil way I’ll ask myself whether I want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future and if the answer is latter then just like Ahab I’ll try to control myself.
I know that I am messed up,
but you never let me give up,
You were there for me when I was alone,
You put light in me when I was filled with darkness,
You put hopes in me when I was desperate,
You understand me like no one can
Those long rides not knowing where we were going,
letting the destiny guide us,
not caring about the future coz believing that everything’s written,
Those long walks discussing our memorable past and present,
not a single word from mouth but still busy in a deep conversation in the crowd,
having all the dirty jokes to ourselves,
and laughing like it’s the last laugh of our existence,
living each moment like it’s our last,
making fun of ourselves among others but still not caring,
connecting with each other origins to know each other from soul,
Yeah I remember
Yeah I remember
When my wings were broken,
when my hopes were crushed,
when my dreams were scattered,
you gave my everything I lack,
just like you gave me your everything,
I promise that I will do that same for you,
I’m gonna stand by you in heaven or hell,
with my heart, with my soul
I never had no one
I could count on,
you stand by me,
and you believe in me,
like nobody ever has,
when my world goes crazy,
you join me and make it double crazy,
you make me feel alive again,
I’ll miss you my best friend
I’ll miss you my brother
Every single book you read of Paulo Coelho you’ll find yourself in a situation where you face yourself with whether your fears, your destiny, your desire, your personal legend. While reading you’ll realize that you are destined to read those exacts words at the right moment in your life when you really needed them. You’ll feel that the only person who really understand your life or the phase you are stuck in your life is Paulo Coelho and he’ll give you solutions of your problem in some exotic awesome ways. Yes, Paulo Coelho is still a mad man coz he had been released from the mental hospital so he could do anything he wants, anything he loves without giving a single fuck what others think about him and yes that’s why he’s Awesome!
This book isn’t a straight forward story yet it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever read apart from the ending which was well less awesome. The first thing that caught my sight while in a bookstore is, “every second of existence is a choice we all make between living and dying.” The only problem with this book is, it’s damn short. The writing, no doubt, is exceptional. Just like the other spiritual stories, this is the story of finding your inner self, putting yourself at ease, diminishing all negative thoughts and doubts about yourself, facing your fears, living each moment of your life as though it’s your life and that makes the life interesting, get out of your routine life and do something different, something extraordinary, just be YOURSELF. Yes, you can do anything you set your mind to.
I’m in love with every character Paulo Coelho have ever introduced, Veronika, Athena, Santiago, Maria. They all taught us a very unique and worthy lesson in their own distant way. They all taught us something worth remembering and something worth trying whether living each moment as your last, being who you are no matter what others think about you, realizing your Personal Legend or finding your inner self. I believe the only problem with the people is that they don’t usually get Paulo Coelho.
FEAR. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of death, fear of being wrong, fear of any single thing. Human beings are like that; we have almost replace every emotion with fear. It is the worst of the enemies that human being ever faced and we all face one way or another. It’s one of the things that eats and kills the man from the inside from his/her soul and it’s the worst of the diseases. Only person who can cure this disease is us. we have to be courageous and virtuous enough to unplug the socket of fear from our bones from our soul and it’s the only way to survive. You’ll never know what’s beyond your own capabilities if you never gonna try.
Every day is a new day. Every day is a miracle. We can find God in every single moment of our life if we really want to see Him. It’s a wonderful life. LIFE, it’s the best thing that ever existed so as the DEATH. You’ll only know how to Live when you learn who to die. Life grows from within as well as from the outside when you divide yourself with others, with strangers. Open yourself to Love. Love yourself, Love people, Love nature.
It’s a risk to love,
what if it doesn’t work
But what if, it does?
It is the invisible reminder of invisible god,
God is invisible to those who don’t search for Him,
Yet I found God in these each drop of Rain,
Some people feel each drop of rain,
Whilst others just get wet,
Rain isn’t just the prickles of water droplets,
its more than that,
There’s a reason behind every drop of rain,
Something bigger and stronger,
Something far away from our understanding,
Something deeper than the force of the Universe,
Something which eyes cannot see,
I cannot tell you how It looks,
but I can tell you how it feels like…
Let the rain kiss you,
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops,
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
Each drop was a scar on my skin,
Each drop deepened in my flesh,
Enlightening up my soul to the new world of endless wonder,
far away from pain and pleasure,
far away from peace
This rain wasn’t just pouring down on me like leaves on grass,
This was more than that,
Each drop was getting ‘neath my skin, to my soul,
shaking it up, waking it up and,
telling it just to feel this rain and live the moment
This rain doesn’t wet me,
This wind doesn’t move me,
I with my hands wide open will wet this rain with my passion and gusto,
Will flatter this wind with my valor and audacity,
I will not just remember this moment,
I will live through this
You can only understand rain;
Close your eyes and then see,
listen to the songs of rain through your ears,
the messages in those songs,
conveyed by the Angels of rain,
smell the aroma of freshly wet dirt with your nose,
taste of wet dews with your tongue,
It is merely the blessing of God
These drops of shimmering diamonds,
puts my inner self at peace,
that inner self which can’t be touched or seen,
these aren’t just the drops of water,
These are wisdom of Ecstasy,
This is Eternal Heaven…
She may be weird to you sometimes or she may be the most awesome person you ever met. She may be happy sometimes or she may be sad. She may talk casual with you or sometimes she may talk romantic. She may love Dogs or may even hate cats. Her favorite word may be MINE or maybe not. She may like to get on roof and watch stars and moon all night long. She may like to take long walks at dawn. She may like to watch sunrise more than the sunset. Instead of being alone, she may like to be in solitude. She may want to fly instead of staying on ground. She may want to live an adventuress life. Girls mood changes from time to time within a blink of an eye. No doubt, each and every one of your girl is awesome in some distinct unique awesome way.
If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing.
If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy.
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you, you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
In the start of every relation, both of you have no idea what life may have for both of you in future therefore it is good to know where the emergency exit is. First condition of any relationship is that, it should be a two-way road relation. As it is the base of any relation. You cannot stay in a relationship when the other person has no interest of moving forward. That type of relation would be a total mess. So, it is important to know that you both are interested in a relation or you both have same intentions towards each other. How will you know that it is a two-dimension relation? When the time given by you in a specific relation is the same of the time given by her, you will get a clear cut idea that it’s a Perfect relationship. But that doesn’t clarify that either you both have same feelings for each other or not. As you give time to a relation, your roots (of relationship) will get deeper into the ground. As the time moves on these roots gets deeper and deeper.
“Your branches can only reach high if your roots go deep”
When you think about her, when she isn’t with you, you desperately wait for her text or you die to meet her. You’ll feel the presence of some strange feelings within you. But you may not recognize or understand that feeling because you may have never experienced it before. As she also gives sign you receive OMENS, you’ll know that both of you have same feelings but don’t confess because as I’ve told you that girls mood often swings. The only way to be sure of her love for you is when she confesses it by herself or you just simply guess it by reading signs, if you are a good observer. If you guessed it right, you’re lucky. If not, let’s not talk about that condition. The SIGNS!!!
What signs you’ll get when she loves you? To be precise there are millions but for instance she will give you the time which you deserve. She will respect you and your privacy, she will be waiting for that right time when you’ll be able to share your feelings with her and she’ll be glad once you tell her. She will care for you and will take care of your health or meal. She will even change her mood for you. She will be honest with you in all the things she shared with you. She will start forgiving you for the things you’re sorry no matter how big the mistake is. She will be the perfect secret keeper for you and will also share her secrets with you and only with you. She will become an open book for you. She will love to get to know about you and your family. She will get jealous when you’re being shared among others not because she doesn’t trust you but because she loves you more than anyone. No matter how weird your past or present is, she will listen to your problems patiently and will try to heal your scars and wounds with her love and affection. Those things, which she hates doing for herself, she will do happily only for the sake of seeing a glimpse of smile on your lips. She will know about your mood or feelings without you showing her, it may be like a Deja-vu thing of her and will try to cheer you up with no stones unturned. Most importantly, she will help you to search the meaning of your life, even if she’s lost. We don’t need all of these signs, we just need one sign and that would be enough, if you didn’t find any sign then keep looking and searching for it but remember to keep loving her. The only thing which matter in a relation is Trust. When she has given you her most important secrets, you are the keeper and protector of it and when needed, you should make sacrifices to save her trust, her heart, her love.
“The Worst suffering in a persons world is Love and the best remedy for that suffering is Love”
You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there and love her always!
“When you can’t believe your eyes, you can always trust your heart. Love makes anything possible.”
The Witch of Portobello… Honestly speaking I don’t have a clue where to start. While writing reviews of other books I already decide, while reading, what to write in review but this book is a SPECIAL case. Its full of UNEXPECTEDNESS. Just remarkably UNPREDICTABLE. Full of spiritual, mystical context. One of the best non-fiction book I’ve ever read in my life “yet”. Well, it’s a biography book but it’s not exactly a biography book as the writer himself hasn’t uttered a single word of his opinion nor the person who is being discussed about, consider it as the collection of perception of people associated with Athena about Athena.
How far would you go for your obsession. Obsession for anything that you dream of or desire of. Because without obsession life is nothing. That’s what Paulo Coelho asks every single one of us. In his every book, he always inspired us with something like struggle, love, religion, pain, freedom and so on. That’s what makes him different from others. It’s like he cares for every single one of his readers. That’s how beautifully he writes, addressing singe one of us like he’s talking directly to me. Whenever I read Paulo Coelho I learn and feel something new. His books brought me to a new world. Well at least that’s what I thought about this amazing writer.
This book as expected was also about Believe, audacity, love, religion and dedication. Athena who was a gypsy daughter and highly gifted one, who was also the Witch of Portobello. She found solace in music, dance as it is one of the way of the communication between the Creator and Creature. She was an adventuress goddess. Her purpose was to fill the blank spaces in her life as to find peace. Who doesn’t want peace? Everyone’s want peace in their life, but most of em are willing to go beyond their capabilities to attain that level of peace. The courage to hold on to one’s motive and all the sacrifices it requires a person to find peace! That’s what Athena taught us. She taught us that we are who we believe ourselves to be, how to love without being physical, how to talk without uttering a single world, how everything is revealed to you without knowing anything at all, once you’re devoted to something start doing what you want to do and believe in God, how to see with your eyes closed, and the most important thing she taught us is “Patience”. Why patience, coz it makes us pay attention into the little and the most worthless of the things, we consider. That’s what life is, living moment to moment. Focus on your present coz future is guided by the decisions you make in present. I wished that I wouldn’t have read this book so that I could read it once more without knowing what would happen, again and again. I love this Witch of Portobello
Why do you love me?
She replied, “I don’t know and I don’t care”
Love simply is.
I want to shine with all my pride and glory,
I, with my hands and fingers, wide open;
want to tell people about tales,
want to covey messages of outer space,
want to tell them of the stories of past,
want to tell them about the struggles,
want to tell them about the sacrifices I made
Alas! I am trapped
Alas! I am trapped
These black clouds have covered me from all sides,
Tonight, these dark clouds are ruling the sky,
They are not letting my light reach the ground,
They are absorbing all of my light,
It is dark here even with all of my light,
I don’t see any other way with all the cloudiness around me,
even with all the stars around me I’m alone,
people are so busy that they didn’t notice my absence,
I am losing hope to shine again for these people,
How strange this world could be,
Alas! I am trapped
Alas! I am trapped
I heard a cry, “come out please, come back”
I followed it and between the spaces of the clouds I caught a sight of a boy,
He was sitting on his roof,
He seems to be looking for something in the sky,
pen in hand, book on lap, tears in eyes,
Looking in his eyes, I saw he was searching for me,
He was hoping against hope to get a glimpse of me in this sky full of dark clouds,
Seeing a light of hope in his eyes, it gives me Strength;
Strength to find my way to the light,
Strength to shine for that boy,
Strength to see even a flicker of smile on his lips,
I’m not alone now,
I have hope, I have faith
I’m trying to get out of this place,
But I’m becoming weak,
My light seems to be fading with my weakness,
I have to try, try to shine for one last time,
Not for me but for that boy,
I’m running fast and hard as I could,
I think I’m on track, I saw a sign of light,
A light to escape,
A light to success,
A light to freedom,
I have hope, I have faith
At last, I’m alive again with all my pride and glory,
I have never shone with such intensity before,
because I know that someone down there cares for me,
I see a sight of joy in that boy eyes that run to his lips,
I may not be here forever, but
My memories will live for you, by you, with you, within you,
I believe that now my legacy would be remembered, because
I have hope, I have faith