Review: The Alchemist

Of course! For me, reading a book ‘costs’ 161 pages was really a tameless job in a single turn. If you are also a boy/gal who ain’t having a crush towards the above mentioned ‘habit’, I have got something to tell ya here. Being a part of your community, the ‘shithas happened ‘again*‘ in a perfect cum mysterious way. “I did that inequity in just around 3 and half hours for the very first time!” You might consider this as a lame telling by a lazy crook who haven’t shown any interest in reading. I don’t care even if ya felt this as a lame though, cause it doesn’t matter here. Bleeee..!
Then what actually does matter here, uh? Is this guy simply kidding you? Even I’m also confused about it. Well, leave it! I wanna tell you what was the origin of this update. I wish it would be definitely a boring task to read about, but if you can spend just 3 minutes for knowing about this piffle factor, do it. I really mean it! Do it, Folks. 😀


“I was unfamiliar about this great man till last Friday night, but I already knew his name through a variety of books pressed by a number of street book sellers in Kochi. It was on the same last Friday’s night, I got a copy of ‘The Alchemist‘ written by this bravo old man in his 80’s. What attracted me in ‘The Alchemist’ at first was its font style used in the cover page and International Best Seller tag given under author’s name I guess. For me, the ‘magic’ actually started from here. Right from the beginning itself, ‘Author’s Note’, has put a keen interest in me for reading a book by this world renowned author. It’s still unknown to me whether that interest came from those special mentions includes in the note about HarperCollins or former US president Bill Clinton or Julia Roberts about this bestseller which has been translated into 61 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide till the year of 2010 (The copy which I’m having in hand is the same year’s version). Whatever it is, I stopped by there with this author’s note and continued reading part one of ‘The Alchemist’ from Sunday morning onwards. My mind started mingling with the main character, a shepherd boy in this story, his apparent practices for achieving his target, actions and reactions against the obstacles he has faced during the journey and most importantly the ‘queries and thoughts’ came from Paulo via Santiago in every part till I read; which includes,
“What is the world’s largest lie?” 
“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision”…! 
Well, I’m considering all these segments as some pickle threads which is a must for readers who have been spending their ‘valuable’ time in reading a book which contains 156 pages as the story part! 2 hours passed and I felt a bit shy for continuously reading a book like a nerd, which is, indeed a wrong word for me to follow on. But that was really an unbelievable fact for me, that I have completed reading the 1st 103 pages of a rated book in a single turn? The reason behind this very strange incident is still hidden (especially in my case) and it is under ‘investigation**’. Hope I could definitely work on it and find the mystery behind it by tonight itself.”
If this Paulo Coelho is a very new person or author to ya too, get a copy of ‘The Alchemist’ soon. Do check out about this bravo man’s bio as well (You’ll be surprised in knowing about him!). 
PS: Special hugs and thanks to ‘someone’ who has gifted me this worth stuff! You will be getting something really interesting soon! 😀 ;)”

Paulo Coelho

Above mentioned ‘lames’ was the description given by me in Paulo Coelho‘s pica which I had set as my DP recently in Facebook. Now let’s come to the ‘investigative results’ which I found out in a distinct manner today. The procedure has started at around 2 pm on today afternoon. I was in need of a doze, but still I managed some way to continue reading it. 104,105,106,….,111,…..118,..,’121′! Yeah, that’s the right page. ‘121’, pakka sure about it! I completed this page and went out suddenly to wash my face and thus feel free from a sleepy mood. *INTERMISSION* *INTERMISSION*. Completed reading the remaining pages in less than 35 minutes*

Current condition: Bit shy about myself in updating a status of this kind about Paulo Coelho and his illusory story which I have read. It isn’t because of a feeling that, “I ‘must’ have to share that I have achieved a small notable goal (for me) by reading a book, its completion, create a long update like this and ‘make’ you know or feel embarrassed when you have a look at it. 

PSS**: Get a copy of this book before ‘THE ALCHEMIST : THE MOVIE‘ which will hit the theatres all around the world in 2014! I really mean it. This will definitely give you something ‘new’! Feel free to think that, “This was a short ‘lame’ post written by a young fellow being who has personally experienced the magic of reality while holding a contented book to his heart.”

again*– Preeti Shenoy‘s Life Is What You Make It was the first story book which has put a short impact on me!
investigation**– Read ‘PSS**
35 minutes***– Negotiable one with 5 minutes in addition!

This was a status updated by me on Facebook during the last day eve! Thought of sharing it with here too, so that it will be really helpful for ‘someone’ who is still unknown about a brilliant writer like Paulo. Have a good day ahead, Folks. Cheers.\m/ 🙂

Who am I?

What makes me as an exceptional guy from other individuals in this widely extended world,

Is not just some physical appearances that depends on the tortuous patents of genetic factors.

Those who knows me would call my name,

Which mayn’t gives any uniqueness for me.

Those who follows me will be some statures,

Which definitely prolongs on the relationship statuses we own.

I would be a son or brother or friend or at least a social being for them,

Who may or mayn’t have a flamboyant closeness with me.

It’s all because of my firsthand personality, character and attitude,

That reveals the denseness of  mine as a strip under this semantic living tag.

          Thanks,
           Rahul

Am I fool enough to say, Facebook is just a social network only?

When I hear my name ‘Rahul Ashok’, the first thought that comes to me is the visual of my timeline with an updated profile picture and notifications at the top. Facebook has given me an identity since when I started to love it! This is my own world, as I always write in my profile. But what if Facebook takes people away from me, step by step?
Is it showing or reminding me that those friendships were built in it and hence it has all right to take that off as a whole??

My own world!

 Let me hit at the reason of writing this. The immediate cause is the ‘close friends’ option introduced by Facebook. While editing the list, I got confused with certain names, as some are too close to me (I think), but never bother to see me on Facebook. I got an unknown prick of nostalgia that made me check my last year on Facebook, the updates that I had written, the persons who had commented, the style of mocking at each other for fun, the kind of person I was then… It took me back…so long back to the grey shaded yesterdays… The present had no possessiveness on me as I could easily slip away in my magical time machine. Once I started to go through it from back to front, I had my eyes filled, seeing certain names very much alive there. Slowly, it started to suffocate me with lots of memories and the difference that it has with the present. I didn’t feel to see to that any more, as I was breaking out with blocked feelings. For me, Facebook isn’t just a social media for me to share some statuses, friendly chats( With known’s and unknown’s), playing games and all. It’s exactly a creative world put forward by myself, where the control is owned under my hands. 🙂 \m/

I should say that those two persons whom I always refer to as my right and left were gifted by Facebook.:)

 I remember it with all thanks for the two persons whom I always refer to as my right and left were gifted by Facebook. And the huge circle that completes us was welded together with the magic of networking. We used to exchange words in this same platform in any of our walls everyday. We used to make fun of some persons in our gang, the chance kept rolling. Mostly I was the joker and I hug those moments close to heart. As time passed by, some people started to get recognised by public getting into film industry and we all used to rejoice over that. While thinking of those days, I still feel the happiness that we felt being together. Now at this point of time, I realise that I have lost them on Facebook. And they ask me whether I am not still satisfied with a good number of followers. Even when there are huge number of likes or comments in my profile, I miss them in each of what I put there. Most of the times, I search in even the ‘like’ list to find their names in it. My likes or comments get drowned without a response in their profiles as well. Some friends even scold me for appearing in their walls in each of their updates regularly so that other people notice that. So I tend to be silent there, for better. Sometimes, I click on their names and see whether they are online or whether they have updated round that time, and I madly wish that they come to my status as a gang and start commenting there with the old fun. But that doesnt happen, unfortunately, anytime. And I don’t hope that the old time will ever come back again.  I had discussed this with some people in the gang. Some say that they are too busy with many things and they don’t log into Facebook much. ‘Busy’, I believe, is mostly a made-up word, to hide some other reasons behind. Even if you are busy, if you have the real passion to hold a relationship, you will find time to exchange a word, or show a concern even if it is momentary. That matters in a large scale.You never know how lonely the other person is, without you. Feel proud that there are people who wait for you, who search for you, who miss you in your long absence, who turn pages of those good moments together cherishing each… 🙂 🙂

Facebook teaches me, how to expose some hasty thoughts through statuses! 😀 😛

From being friends in Facebook, some relationships grow beyond networking. But we tend to forget the steps behind as we move forward. Once the e- mail id is there, we tend to start chat and forget each other’s Facebook profiles where you were active. Once the phone number is with us, we tend to forget the FB, email and whatever was behind. And getting regular on phone gives us a feel that the other person is just a call away and easily accessible. Slowly the frequency of calls come down and fades away. They never ping on mail, never keep in touch in any of the networks, doesn’t even bother to see what we ‘mentioned’ about them. And you forget that the other person is only and just only a call away, in another essential sense. Relationships keep on changing, when people start to become ‘taken for granted objects’. Even some gets married though! I had read somewhere that everything is most valuable only twice- before getting it, and after losing it. My close friends are those whom I had almost lost here. 🙂


This is not a story of mine alone, but this process is going on with every active person on Facebook, I bet. With this post, I want to remind you of certain people in your old days. Think that someone will be doing this same thing for you too. Try to send a word to those who used to be parts of your regular thoughts, even when you have a handful of new faces with you. I wish you think of them once you finish reading this. 🙂

Am I right?? 😀 🙂

I may appear as a fool to you, for taking such a matter for writing as a blog post. 😛 😀 Many of those who can see their faces in between these words may find it irritating and may discuss about how embarrassing I am. May be tomorrow I will regret for this writing thinking of my silliness, but I will never feel regret with what I wrote here and how I felt for each word in this. It came right from my heart with all the sincerity in it. It was just because, I had a quiet natural feeling that, “I miss you, my dear friends…”

Thank you Mr.Mark! 🙂

I would like to thank, Mark Zuckerberg for lending away such a wonderful gift to the whole world! You are the mahn…
Hat’s off to you… 🙂 \m/

Thanks,
Rahul