If you like Paulo Coelho and is quite familiar with most of his works, then it will be very easy for you to say that his novel Eleven Minutes comes as a unique story. First of all, Coelho apologizes in the preface saying that the theme of the book might be too “harsh, difficult and shocking”. The book talks about true love and passion but through the eyes of a young girl named Maria. We follow her journey in looking for true love even in the context of her vulgar profession.


“According to him [Plato], at the beginning of creation, men and women were not as they are now; there was just one being, who was rather short, with a body and a neck, but his head had two faces, looking in different directions. It was as if two creatures had been glued back to back, with two sets of organs, four legs and four arms.

“The Greek gods, however, were jealous, because this creature with four arms work harder; with its two faces, it was always vigilant and could not be taken by surprise; and its four legs meant that it could stand or walk for long periods at a time without tiring. Even more dangerous was the fact that the creature had two different sets of sex organs and so needed no one else in order to continue reproducing.

“Zeus, the supreme lord of Olympus, said: ‘I have a plan to make these mortals lose some of their strength.’

“And he cut the creature in two with a lightning bolt, thus creating man and woman. This greatly increased the population of the world, and, at the same time, disoriented and weakened its inhabitants, because now they had to search for their lost half and embrace it and, in that embrace, regain their former strength, their ability to avoid betrayal and the stamina to walk for long periods of time and to withstand hard work. That embrace in which the two bodies reunite to become one again is what we call love.”

– Ralf Hart (from Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes)

Inspired? If yes, then go ahead in search of your other half.

Maybe he or she is the one who sits behind you everyday in the class.
Or maybe its your neighbour playing football everyday.
Or perhaps it might even be the girl or guy you hate the most!

Whatsoever it be. Start searching!…Start today. Start now.


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