123/5 for The Alchemist

I was tagged 123/5 by Nariyal Chutney.

The rules:

1. Name the person (of course with the link) who tagged you.

2. Describe what you are asked to do, in this case publish 5th paragraph of page 123 of the book you are currently reading. (if the page does not have 5th paragraph, take the last paragraph. And if the book doesn’t have page no. 123, take the last page.)

3.Tag five people.

I heard about The Alchemist the first time from Arun as he was so gung ho about this book and he believed in it’s philosophy that when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. I know how it helped him and inturn me when we were searching for a job outside Setu. Arun is a voracious reader and it’s he who gave me some books initially to start with my reading habit but I never touched The Alchemist as I didn’t like its name and I presumed that its going to be heavy duty stuff.

I just finished reading The Alchemist but as I was tagged some time back the book qualifies to be in this space.

5th paragraph of page 123 of The Alchemist is the part where the boy finds life in the desert and it goes like this…

They dismounted and the alchemist said nothing. Advancing slowly, they reached among the stones. The alchemist stopped abruptly, and bent to the ground. There was a hole there among the stones. The alchemist put his hand into the hole, and then the entire arm, up to his shoulder. Something was moving there, and the alchemist’s eyes – the boy could see only his eyes – squinted with his effort. His arm seemed to be battling with whatever was in the hole. Then with a motion that startled the boy, he withdrew his arm and leaped to his feet. In his hand, he grasped a snake by the tail.

Though my favorite part in the novel are the alchemist’s lessons for the boy

You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love… the love that speaks the language of the world.

When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.

What good is money to you if you are going to die? It’s not often that money can save someone’s life.

I liked the book, though I found it a bit bland in the starting but it gets interesting towards the end just after the boy reaches the oasis and his meeting with the alchemist. Towards the end it’s more philosophical and magical and it ends on a good note about following your dream. A nice read but just one question; What’s the boy’s name?

Tagging five people is tough for me as many of NBS readers have no blogs of their own…

Ram, Shikha , Ajith, Lavina and Souparna.

Thanks NC for the tag.


  1. i tried reading the alchemist a couple of times but just couldnt go past the first few pages … i still wonder why ppl go gaga abt the book… after this post i think ill try one last tym …

    P.S. waiting 4 ur tag !

  2. Red Soul: Welcome to NBS. When i started off even i thought that i will end up feeling the same way you felt. But towards the end i started liking it ofcourse there is nothing to go ga ga over it. But i felt its a good read or may be the time mattered. I was travelling and i had nothing else to do other than appreciate what i’m reading. I think the book is good for all its goodness. Hope to see you around. thanks for the comment.

  3. What a book to do this tag :). Somehow I find Paulo Coelho’s quotes very interesting individually 😕 . In addition to the famous “The Universe is Conspiring” quote in Alchemist another of my favorites is “Making a decision is only the beginning of things.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.”

  4. Haven’t read this book yet. It’s been recommended as a good read by a few friends. There’s just too much work related stuff to read, so haven’t read much else for quite a while now.

    Maybe it’s time for me to get back to books. 🙂

  5. Will take up this tag as my comeback to active blogging :). I liked The Alchemist very much. Probably because I’ve always believed (and even experienced) that holding onto a vision, has the power to change *your* universe. Additionally, I was impressed by Paulo Coelho’s way of cloaking such a powerful message in a simple story.

    I’ve just finished reading “The Zahir” now coincidently (so will take up your tag with that), and it’s even more stunning than The Alchemist. The book is not as simple as The Alchemist, but it holds profound “spiritual” (you could call it that 😉 – I prefer “life” though) truths.

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