Friday, July 4, 2008

Do you believe in soulmates?

What is your take on this? It crossed my mind as I was reading Paulo Coelho's latest book titled "Brida" and I am half way through it now and I really find it interesting. Would anyone of you like to share your feelings about soulmate or do you feel that you are married to your soulmate.

Here is what Brida was told by Wicca 'But how will I know who my Soulmate is?' 'By taking risks,' she said to Brida. 'By risking failure, dissappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in your search for Love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.'

It is quite intriguing to even think that we have a soulmate out there and if we haven't found our soulmate then when are we going to do it and who are we married with now at the present moment. Is it because we haven't found our soulmate, we end up quarelling and fighting with our present spouse. It's just a thought, like they say "marriages are made in heaven" but with the wrong choice of mate, it could be the reverse.

Anyway I am going to give you a review of the book that I took from the internet. My recommendation is: what are you waiting for, go get a copy of the book.

Search for one’s destiny, true love and a soulmate, finding a path to a higher and more joyous self, making choices that lead to these desirables are the usual Paulo Coelho staples themes that one finds in Brida, the author’s latest offering. This is both the strength and weakness of the new novel. While these themes have been responsible for his best-sellers like the Alchemist and Eleven Minutes selling over 100 million books in 66 languages, with Brida they seem not shine with the usual Coelho brilliance. However, the novel does retain some elements of his usual eloquence and wisdom and can be read for the same.

The book is a tad repetitive though and falters in weaving the Coelho brand of magic and philiosophy that usually finds a resonance with most of his readers.

The novel follows the journey of 21-year old girl, Brida who was a ”witch” or an enlightened woman in her past reincarnations and had forgotten the same through various births. However, the attraction to occult and magic lingered in her memory and made her seek teachers and knowledge that would guide her on this path. As she embarks on her journey, she rediscovers her gift through the teachings of a wise man and a tarot card reader who is herself a witch. This woman teaches her to dance to the hidden music of the world and connect with her soul through her own voyage of discovery.

Coelho’s books allow the reader to slow down, introspect and find answers to questions like who we are and what is our place in the world . With Brida, the author seems to have hit a rough patch. The storyline is a bit sketchy. However, Coelho fans would recognize that Brida takes forward the ”witch” or ” free, joyful and intuitive woman” theme that he had introduced with his earlier novel ”The Witch of Portobello”.

In all, it’s a hit or miss book -- a hit with regular Coelho readers and perhaps a miss with first time Coelho readers.


Shree said...

Well, I believe in existence of soul mates. But according to me, its always better to love the one you find for what they are (unconditional acceptance, if you will), rather than spending your entire life looking for a soul mate.

Sukku said...

I guess you are right but don't have to desire to know at least who that soulmate was? Wouldn't it be nice to see a part of you as the they say soulmates are from the division of your soul like how Eve was created from Adam. Just a thought and I know it would be like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

Anonymous said...


I'm a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He's the first best-selling
author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:

Have a nice day!


Sukku said...

Aart thanks for dropping in and I have seen your articles on PC's blogs. I am deeply honoured for you to visit me.