“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one”
– George R. R. Martin
In 2012, I was in Pune during graduation. I was first time away from my hometown. Our hostel was different than typical hostels. We were allocated single room per person. That was the best thing. After college, I was finding ways to kill time. I would take long walks on streets earphones plugged-in, just observing the new location, the people, the restaurants, overall culture of a new city.
I would passby a book vendor daily. He was selling pirated copies sitting across the street. I had never read a book, besides school books, in my lifetime. It was an impulsive decision to buy a book called Alchemist. I judged a book by its cover; contradictory to the old adage. This was the best decision I made.
I am not an avid reader, I read 4-5 pages per day. The narration by Paulo Coelho kept took me to desert. This is a story of a Shephard who had a dream of finding the treasure, how he follows his dream by taking action, and what lessons he learns during the journey. Whatever decisions he takes are guided by the universe. Maktub i.e. something great is about to happen to us if we trust our guts and destiny. If you don’t chase your goal, then you are losing numerous opportunities, which you could have faced during the journey.
Since then, I’ve read many books. Lessons from Alchemist will stay forever with me. I always take risk by choosing different path, wether its a job change, learning something offbeat like German language, or reading a book on Forex. I try everything. Who knows what is written in my destiny, probably I’ll be in a different country in 2022. I don’t want to miss anything.
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