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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Celebrating International Author's Day with a Giveaway

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The International Author's Day gives me a splendid opportunity to thank the author who has been my guiding light, my savior and my teacher since many years. I really wonder how his books exactly had those things written that I needed to hear, that I needed to learn, that I needed to grow.

Well, I am talking about none other than the international best selling author, Paulo Coelho who has shaped my life hugely through his books. I have 11 of his books with me and some of his books, I have read more than thrice. 

I was wandering aimlessly in my life in 2011 when I came across this book called Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It was written on the book cover that it is a fable about following your dream. I got attracted to these words and started reading the book, one lazy weekend. That was my first meeting with this author who taught me the importance of dreams. He helped me realize the deepest desire of my heart. Writing a book was a dream residing in the innermost chamber of my heart. But, reading Alchemist gave wings to that dream and taught me that if a person wants something from the core of his/her heart, the entire universe conspires to bring it to him/her. Soon, I realized my true calling when I started chasing my dreams.

I got inclined to spirituality, started believing in souls and soulmates in a wider context by reading Brida. Manuscript of Accra is one book which holds all the answers to the questions asked by a restless heart. I return to this book whenever I feel clueless.

When I read By the side of River Piedra I sat Down and wept, I learnt how to see the amazing in everyday. Veronika Decides to Die made me ask myself if life is always worth living and what is the importance to live life gracefully. Eleven Minutes made me dive into an unflinching exploration where the author has showed that sex and spirituality are closely related. 

If I start talking about all his books, then this post will be almost 5K words long. So, instead, I would like to share some inspiring and profound quotes of Paulo Coelho.

"So I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you" ~ Alchemist

"The two hardest tests on the spiritual world are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter" ~ Veronika Decides to Die

"No one loses anyone because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it" ~Eleven Minutes

"Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with.”~Eleven Minutes 

"Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.” ~ By the side of river piedra I sat down and wept.

"The secret of life is to fall seven times and get up eight times." ~Alchemist

"Many times the wrong train took me to the right place" ~ Aleph

I would like to thank Paulo Coelho for writing such masterpieces and enlightening me with his books.

Okay, now after thanking my favorite author in International Author's Day, I would like to thank my readers for supporting my work always. I have a giveaway for my readers ~ a signed copy of my book. 



She is a successful author, a loving wife and the world's best mom. Her doctor husband dotes on her, her teenage daughter idolizes her and her readers yearn for her writing. Shouldn't all that respect and love make her happy? Yet, she is devoid of inner peace.
 In the wee hours of the night, her slumber is disturbed by horrifying nightmares. All her harmony is abducted and lost amidst the bunch of hidden letters kept in her cupboard. Those letters were written long back by her cousin,presently a patient at a mental asylum in Kolkata. 
Haunted by her inner demons and tired by the long-time secrecy, she decides to put end to her misery by surrendering to her husband and daughter, The Hidden Letters. . . 
Will she lose her husband's love and daughter's respect? Can she forgive herself for her own selfishness which rendered her cousin's fate malignant? 

If you want a signed copy of my latest book The Hidden Letters, then do participate in this Rafflecopter Giveaway. You need to follow some simple steps and it will take just a minute. In case you have already read the book, then do spread the word so that your friends can participate in it. You can check the reviews of the book in Goodreads

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please Note: The giveaway is open only for the residents of India. If you are a winner, then you will get a mail from me on 19th or 20th July. All the best! :)

It was my absolute pleasure to be a part of the International Author's Day blog hop hosted by Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay.



69 comments:

  1. Paulo is certainly one of the best out there. And congrats on your work, best wishes!

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    1. Glad to know that you too think the same. Thanks a ton for your wishes :)

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  2. I love to read & I would confess that the best way place for me to read a book is in a train!!
    The cover & the name of the book is fascinating so is story line, I am sure it's a hit!

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    1. That's wonderful to know. I also love reading in the train :)

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  3. Paulo is my fav too, Purba:) Great tribute...and lovely quotes! Thanks a lot!

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  4. Hi, Purba! First of all accept my heartiest congratulations on the occasion of International Author’s Day. You’re a wonderful author. Paulo Coelho is also one of fav. He has a good spiritual depth. He didn’t learn it from scriptures, but his experiences. If you have read about his personal life, you know what I’m talking. He is indeed an inspiration for aspiring authors. Thanks for sharing such beautiful quotes. :)

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    1. Yes, Ravish. I have read about his personal life and how he wrote his first ever book, Pilgrimage. The spiritual depth that he has compels me to read him again and again. Thanks for such lovely words and your kind wishes :)

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  5. I have read Alchemist, wish I got more time to read his books. Great post on this occasion.

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    1. Great to know that dear. Thank you so much :)

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  6. Hey Purba I am definitely going to buy your book :)

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    1. Hey Anjali, your saying this means a lot. Hope you enjoy reading my book :)

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  7. Done and even if I don't win. I'm going to read it anyway. :D Though I'm not a sincere reader , but this post tempts me to start reading quite often.

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    1. Hey, Deeshani that's so sweet of you dear. Thank you so much for taking part in this giveaway. Hugs :)

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  8. Hi Purba, lovely inspiring quotes you've shared that are a gem in themselves. :') So do I value the masterpieces of Paulo Coelho who has been constantly illuminating readers' souls. Thanks for the lovely Giveaway, have entered into the rafflecopter! Most of the entries were already done a while back. :)

    Well, reading be it, books or blogs is like an addiction for me. I'm habituated to learning, grasping things and getting inspired through all the stages of life, whenever and where I get a chance. Reading for me is certainly achieving that goal by getting moved by those worthiest of people on this earth identified as authors. Just like music dives into my veins, words are weapons which do not harm me but make me a stronger person every fine day and reading just does the trick for me. There is no strict scenario to propagate or discard my reading habits, simply reading soothes my soul so I inculcate that anytime I can in my life. :)

    "The Hidden Letters", from the tittle itself seems to be so very intriguing and the captivating cover is the cherry on the cake. I have really high hopes with the book for I believe it's gonna reveal some of the unsaid realities that are still hard to resist. Really excited to know what it has in store for us! :') Congratulations and thanks for the lovely giveaway Purba. XOXO

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    1. Your comment took my heart away, dear. The passion that you have for reading can be clearly understood by the words that you have chosen to describe it. Your lovely and beautiful words made my day. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway and for the support. Glad to know that you also value the masterpieces of Paulo Coelho. Thanks once again for your wishes, Maitreni. Hugs :)

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  9. You're such a great author, dear. Reading your words is a great experience...
    Coelho is one of my favourite authors...nice to see such great quotes of him..:-)

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    1. Nothing can be better than getting such a beautiful compliment from you, Maniparna as I admire your writing so much. Thanks a ton :)

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  10. i have read alchemist and its one among best :) Great tribute :) you know what you inspire me ^_^ so on this international authors day i'd like to thank you <3 :') <3 lots of love

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    1. This is such a beautiful gesture. Thank you Sachin. I am so glad to know that my writings could inspire you. God bless you :)

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  11. Love the Alchemist... and you've put a great list of quotes here my dear :-)
    And congratulations an best best wishes on your day :-) hugs!

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    1. Great to know that you also loved reading the Alchemist.
      Thank you so much dearie. Hugs :)

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  13. I love Coelho is such an amazing author and I love his work too. Loved the quotes you shared here and it's grt to meet a new author like you. I am a book lover and so meeting new books is always a pleasure. :)
    Here is my post celebrating the authors
    Do read and share your thoughts.

    -Njkinny @Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

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    1. Hey Nikita! Great to meet you through this blog hop. I read your post and absolutely loved it. I also love the works of the authors you mentioned in your post. Thank you so much for stopping by. Cheers :)

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  14. Thank you for being part of this hop and sharing your favorite author. I've not read any of Paulo Coelho's work, but I feel intrigued to do so now.

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    1. Thank you Toinette for stopping by and reading about my favorite author. Great to meet you through this bloghop. Cheers :)

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  15. Hi, Purba I have also read all the books by Paulo Coelho and Manuscript found in Accra, has answered many of my questions, which went unanswered.

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    1. Great to know that, Kishan. That book holds so many answers to our everyday questions.
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  16. Great quotes by the romantic Paulo Coelho...and a fitting tribute.

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  17. My first Paolo Coelho book was the Alchemist, which I read in both Spanish and English. In the 1990s I borrowed the narrated book on cassette tape and on a road trip also enjoyed it in the company of my husband. I know Southern Spain and got to visit Morocco... I love all of his books, some more than others. Hopping away and enjoyed your post very much.

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    1. Thank you so much Maria for sharing this. It was wonderful to know that you too love all the books of Paulo Coelho. Glad to meet you through this blog hop :)

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  18. The Coelho quotes you chose remind me of Kahlil Gibran

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  19. Paol Coelho is among one of my favs too along the likes of Khalid Hosseini, Jeffery Archer , Anand Neelakantan and many more as I like to explore each and every genre.

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    1. Hi Sweta! We share many favorite authors :)

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  20. Thank You so Much for participating in this Blog Hop!

    DDS
    www.b00kr3vi3ws.in

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    1. Thanks for organizing this blog hop :)

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  21. Hi just hopping on the IAD blog hop. After I entered the contest, I saw it is only for residents of India.
    I definately have to check out novels by Paulo Coelho to see what the excitement is about.

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    1. Hey Claudette! Good to meet you through the IAD blog hop. I am sure you will like reading the works of Paulo Coelho.

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  22. Paulo Coelho's alchemist has inspired me to a great extent too....happy you chose to write on him on this occassion Purba. His quotes are deep and so meaningful :)

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    1. Great to know that Shweta. Indeed, his quotes are very meaningful and thought provoking :)

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  23. I adore you even more now, that I know of your admiration for Coelho. He was the first author I instantly built a liking to. Si it'll always be special

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    1. That's so sweet of you Kritika. Really happy to know that :)

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  24. I personally dont like Paulo Coelho's books. I find them damn boring to death despite that his few quotes are really meaningful. But I liked the way you have written your post.

    I am part of IAD blog hop you can read my post at - https://thewhitescape.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/dan-brown-and-his-books/ and there is also a giveaway where you can participate to win some interesting book(s).

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    1. Thanks a ton Romila. I am glad that despite not liking the author, you liked reading my post on him.
      And I will visit your blog right away :)

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  25. Talking about my reading habits... I am very picky about what I read n don't start reading a book until it truly attracts me... Yes I do live reading books but they need to hold my interest...I believe you surely would've written The Hidden Letters with as much from the heart as much from you write ur blog posts... And yes... All the best n congratulations!!!

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    1. Nice to know about your reading habits, Shahen, You are a choosy reader and you taking part in this giveaway means a lot to me. Thank you so much for all your kind words :)

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  26. Lovely post, I haven't heard of this author so thank you very much for sharing :)

    My International Authors Day Post
    Lauren

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    1. Thank you so much Lauren. Visiting your blog right away :)

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  27. Congrats and love your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. I read Alchemist long back when it had become the talk of the town. For some reason, I never read a Paulo Coelho since that one. After all these years, your post really, really makes me want to pick up a Coelho. I swear.
    Lovely writing, Purba. :)

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    1. Hey dear, I am so happy to know that my post made you want to pick a book of my favorite author. Thanks a ton for your lovely words :)

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  29. Great Post! Following you on G+:)

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  30. A nice tribute to Paulo Coelho Purba. I had liked Alchemist, because of the description of the journey and the way he connected the meaning of life with it. I found Brida interesting at places but could not understand parts of it and I haven't read Veronica, though I have the book with me. The quotes that you have picked up are really good, but more importantly I enjoyed reading your impression of the author.

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    1. Thank you so much, Somali for your wonderful words. Yes, even I was unable to understand the Sun and Moon traditions written in Brida initially, but then with the second read, I understood. I am sure you would like Veronika Decides to Die.

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  31. Great post. Thanks for the info on this author I'd never heard of. Your book sounds very interesting. It is great to meet new readers and authors in this type of celebration. :) Nancy’s Blog

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    1. Truly said, Nancy. Such celebrations allow us to meet some amazing writers and books. Great to meet you and thanks a ton :)

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  32. You know it has to be a good book when you've read it more than three times!

    Happy IAD hopping!

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  33. Thank you so much for this pleasant surprise Purba :) This is the most special prize I have ever won and would always cherish throughout my life. Not only me, but my younger sis (In class 11th, the book-worm) as well as my Mom, an avid reader are super excited to read this book. Thanks a ton from the entire Mishra family for making our day super special. :*

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  34. Paulo Coelho is my favorite author too. I love the quotes in your post. Thanks for sharing. :)

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