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Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Zahir - A novel of Obsession

This is a book by Paulo Coelho about love, marriage, life, sex; how the protagonist's (supposedly Paulo Coelho himself) love was possessive and obsessive; how he was able to learn from his wife's lover to change his love to be self-less. And his journey of re-discovering true love and re-uniting with his true love.

I recommend this book, to people who would like to know how the journey of love should be - to re-discover your love. Too much of love, a?

I know in the real world, I'm not the person to be lecturing about love. But in my world, I am. And this is my world. :p

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Here's a short discussion of the protagonist with Marie (his new companion after his true love deserts him):

P: Marie, Let's suppose that two firemen go into a forest to put out a small fire. Afterward, they go over to a small stream. The face of one is smeared with black, while the other man's face is clean. Who do you think will wash his face?

M: The one with the dirty face of course.

P: No, since the man with the clean face sees a reflection of himself in his partner, he washes his face. While the man with the dirty face (mind ???) sees his partner and thinks everything is fine.

This made me think, if I'm feeling low today - it probably is because of my surroundings and the people around me. So what's the solution, go hang out with a different set of ppl. That's the cowardly soln. ain't it?

One should look at the effect we have on others to see our true selves. Make your partner/friend feel better than he/she was before they come in contact with you. That shows the true person that you are. What you feel about yourself or how others feel about you is not as defining as how others feel about themselves after they come in contact with you.


  1. Hmm...I would like to think so many things at this point of time. But I shall let that pass. Hoping you will come out with the truth to The Ring soon... ;-)

  2. Nice post. Lots of opportunities for thoughts. Intense. Let it boil down to life.