The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

I came to know of The Alchemist through a Kobe Bryant interview where it was highlighted that The Alchemist was his favourite book. And if the 5x NBA Champion nicknamed the Black Mamba finds something interesting, well I thought to myself, why not read a fiction book for a change (Will Smith, Madonna and Pharrell Williams have also stood by The Alchemist).

To start off, I don’t usually do fiction books; non-fiction books along the lines of autobiographies, investment stuff and psychology books are more of my cup of tea. In fact, the last fiction book I read might have been Ronald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, close to two decades ago.

The Alchemist starts with the star of the story – Santiago as a shepherd …