A journey of self-discovery: The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The book which changed my life. The book which I treasure. The book which I recommend to everyone else. 

It is this book that would take a person on a journey of self-discovery. Yes, it is about a young shepherd named Santiago who lives in Spain. The readers are taken on a voyage as he travels through the sands of Egypt in search of a treasure that lies buried at the base of the Egyptian Pyramids. But the truth is the boy realizes that the real treasure is what lies within him. Not the materialistic one which he had gone in search of.

Santiago learns a few valuable life lessons on the way. He learns to listen to his heart. He follows his heart which motivates him to move further and not give up on his quest. Furthermore, he isn’t aware that the quest is for a deeper understanding of his inner self. It is revealed only at the end. And when he does understand the true meaning of his quest, he rejoices, as he had discovered himself during the process. He also learns to read and identify the omens that obstruct his path. And above all, he learns to follow his dreams.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

There is such profound truth in this statement. If you are really bent in achieving something, the entire world will surely help you or at least guide you in achieving it. You’d never know it initially. But as you delve deeper, you can find ways in which the world has been helping you throughout your journey.

And there is also another quote, “Dreams are the language of God.”

Indeed, God speaks to you through your dreams. Hence, you have to follow them wholeheartedly.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

Don’t you agree with this? Not only the possibility of having your dream accomplished makes your life interesting and joyous to live, but also the entire journey of achieving it makes your life even more fabulous.

You must never be afraid of failure. Actually, failures encourage you to do more, fight back and achieve your goals. They are like the power boosters which you need, when you feel exhausted. So, you shouldn’t be frightened of failing. Fail repeatedly; you’d surely rise up. Like this saying from the book, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” You wouldn’t like your dream to hang up, right? You want it accomplished. Hence, eradicate the fear of failure.

The most heart-touching conversation filled with dollops of wisdom happens when Santiago meets the alchemist. A sample from their conversation:

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer”, said the boy.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself, and no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams,” replied the alchemist.

The treasure that lies deep inside your heart is the most precious. It is unmatched to any material possessions of this world. This book ‘The Alchemist’ is a journey of wisdom and self-discovery. It teaches you to follow your dreams and identify the real treasure inside you. I would recommend this book to everyone who want to do some soul-searching, cleanse their minds of fear of failure, overcome obstructions in their path and believe in their dreams.

Always remember, “Where your treasure is, there will also be your heart.”

‘The Alchemist’ changed my life. And I hope, it will change yours too.


Love and regards,

Kavya Janani.U


This is a write-up for IndiSpire edition 94: #favouriteAuthorBook


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