Have you read Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia? It is a memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert that came out in 2006. The memoir chronicles the author’s trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels. The book remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for 187 weeks. Julia Roberts starred in the movie version in 2010. Although the movie was captivating, but like any other adaption it didn’t do justice to the book.
For me it was inspiring how the protagonist decides to take the plunge and start a new life. She buys a cheap airline ticket to Italy first and starts afresh and no thought of what the future might bring. It must have been so scary and exhilarating at the same time. Keep in mind this is a true story and someone actually had the courage to take charge of their life like this. She didn’t just want to be a part of a bubble that society had molded for her, instead she wanted to live life for herself and be happy.
One of my favorite parts of the book was when she moved to Italy. Hello, would someone book me a cheap flight to Italy as well? In the movie Italy looked gorgeous, and oh my, the amount of pasta Julia Roberts character ate! No wonder her pants couldn’t fit her anymore. The best part was the happiness she found in her new life, it was so infectious. I was smiling the whole time while watching the movie and wished I could all that as well.
If airline flights were cheap and I had a Eat, Pray, Love moment my first stop would definitely be Italy as well. I don’t think I will be eating as much pasta as she did though. I can see myself being charmed by the city and will just let myself go.
I know this sounds random, but my next stop would be Greece instead of India or Indonesia. Elizabeth Gilbert, was in search of faith and peace that is why she made it a point to go to India and Indonesia after Italy. I’ve been to India already and I didn’t find that it inspired me in anyway. For me, life’s mysteries aren’t solved by Indian monks, and neither is faith restored by them. I would like to learn meditation from them sure, but I’m good at the religious front thank you very much (not to disrespect all those interested in going to Hindu monks though).
Indonesia isn’t on my cards either. If Hindu monks couldn’t do it for me, then I’m pretty sure Indonesian Buddhists monk won’t inspire me either. Although the part in which the monk reads her hand and later the prediction comes true is amazing. You have to keep in mind this book is a memoir and not a fiction novel, and that moment when the predictions come true is something a romantics dreams are made of. A cheap ticket to anywhere in the world can change one’s life if you’d let it.