I feel i am stupid when i seek lasting pleasure from this world
When i know it can only give momentary happiness.
I feel i am stupid when i run behind money
When i know it cannot buy all the love and joy.
I feel i am stupid when i expect something from someone
When i know they won’t be able to give it.
I feel i am stupid when i try to attain all the materialistic pleasures
When i know my desires can never be completely satisfied.
I feel i am stupid when i try to know what is happening in others life
When i am not even sure what exactly is happening to me.
I feel i am stupid when i want to know so many people
When i don’t even exactly know who am i.
I feel i am stupid when i try to change the world
When i know first i must change myself.
I feel i am stupid when i try to find THE DIVINE all around
When i know divinity is present within me !
Eat Pray Love is a true story of Elizabeth Gilbert or ‘Liz’. This book motivates us to face all the challenges of life boldly, not to give up, to listen to one’s heart and most importantly to make ourselves content and happy. The book has been written in a very beautiful way. No doubt it is a bestseller.
Liz is married and has everything in life one can dream of. But she is not happy. So after struggling a lot she ends her marriage. After divorce she is filled with sorrow. She can’t see what is happening in her life. And thus she goes into depression. It is one of the most difficult phase of her life. She loses a lot of weight and thinks of self-destruction. Finally she realizes that no one else can make her happy. So she will have to make the efforts herself.
She always wished to learn Italian language. It had no specific reason but she just wanted because she liked it. Secondly through a friend she came to know about a spiritual guru whom she made her guru. She wanted to visit her ashram in India. Finally a few years back a medicine man had read her hand and told her that she would come back to Indonesia and he would teach her everything.
108 is considered to be a good number. So this book has 108 chapters. The book is divided into three parts each of 36 chapters. So Liz decided to take a one year break and spend 4 months each in Italy, India and Indonesia (3 I’s).
This part describes her stay in Italy. She learns Italian from a person there and teaches him English. She has a great time in Italy. She make a lot of friends. She spends most of the time eating 🙂 in Italy. Every day she visits new restaurants and enjoys a variety of sumptuous food like pizza and pastries etc. Slowly she starts feeling good and regains the lost weight.
The next part of the story leads to India. She stays in an ashram near Mumbai. She learns meditation. In the beginning it is very difficult for her to meditate and concentrate. But slowly she learns everything. She discovers tranquility and peace within herself.
The last part leads to Indonesia. There she again meet the medicine man. She helps a lady to buy a house for herself by asking all her friends to contribute. And finally she finds love again. She meets Felipe and both fall in love with each other. Since both are divorced they are not ready to marry immediately however both are ready to lead a happy life together.
To know more what happened after Eat Pray Love the author has written the book Committed. Overall EPL is a good book. You will enjoy reading it. And at some points you can easily relate with Liz. Happy Reading 🙂
Here’s the trailer of the Eat Pray Love movie –
I have seen the rising sun
Which lightens a new dawn.
I have felt a breeze blowing through my hair
Which refreshes the mind, body and soul.
I have seen a shooting star
Which fulfills all the wishes we ask.
I have seen a gurgling creek
Which inspires to follow the path untrodden.
I have seen the lashing rains
Which cleanses our heart.
I have seen the rainbow brightening up the sky
Which unites us all with our differences.
I have seen birds soaring high in the sky
Which rises up to untouched heights.
I have seen the last ray of dusk
Which promises to bring back the rising sun.
Published in the Times Of India dated 22 Oct 2010