As a woman reader there are some books that appeal to and affect me on a deep personal level. Book adaptations are sacrosanct and only a precious few have passed the muster for me. I liked reading Eat Pray Love, although I wouldn’t go as far as calling it my favourite book. I liked the movie better, but then it had the lovely Julia Roberts so I might be faintly biased.
A strong woman protagonist who travels to three different countries and gracefully accepts what they graciously offer to her. The sinfully tempting food of Italy, the tranquility of praying in India and peace and true love in Indonesia. While this whole voyage of self-discovery is probably something any person would want to and should take up at some or the other juncture in his life, I disagree with the author on some levels.
Financial concerns can dampen the most well-meaning trips, and the fact that the author was commissioned to write this book before she set out for this work-vacation is made of stuff imaginary genies are created for. Where my magic lamp is hiding, I wonder!
Not just Eat Pray Love but in general, they call India the land of snake charmers. However, this is where foreigners come to when they have to unscrew their screwed up lives. The number of shots to be taken before they set foot in the country bothers them while the mental catastrophe their developed nations have imparted is conveniently forgotten.
Some lines in the book make a lot of sense though, like this one. My conditioned-to-diet mind and tongue couldn’t agree with it more. The pleasure is momentary, but the niggling guilt overrides it completely. It also makes self-acceptance seem like the easiest and most obvious thing to do. Do we have to put ourselves through the grind of misery before realising it?
My takeaways from Eat Pray Love:
Others’ opinion about you should never consume you or your existence.
Self-loathing of any kind is unnecessary and is often about matters no one apart from us is concerned about.
If possible, try not making your life so chaotic that no one less than a professional can help.
Loving and being loved are organic feelings and must be allowed to flow freely.
We have one life to live, make mistakes and learn from. Why stop ourselves then?
The perfect woman is a myth and can take away what you truly are from you.
Finally, open your arms and welcome what life has in store for you. You might be pleasantly surprised with what you get! 🙂
Have you read Eat Pray Love? Do you agree with me? Let’s talk about this woman to woman, shall we?