Author- Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat Pray Love – One Woman’s Search for Everything, depicts the author’s journey through three
countries Italy, India, and Indonesia, while trying to rediscover herself. A best-selling memoir, that
went on to be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts, recounts the introspective and retrospective
phase of Gilbert’s life.
If I had to describe this book in one word, I’d say “Relatable”, especially for all the women who have
a steady/promising career but can’t really figure out their lives and to which direction is it headed.
Putting in practice the idea of taking charge of one’s life and to listen to one’s inner voice is what
Gilbert claims to have done in this memoir. Her stay in India and her exploration of spirituality has
also been detailed in the “Pray” section. I particularly liked the philosophy by the Balinese healer
Ketut “To find the balance you want; this is what you must become. You must keep your feet
grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs, instead of two. That way, you can
stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through
your heart instead. That way, you will know God”.
Though critics haven’t shied away from questioning how can one experience spirituality by scrubbing
temple floors in India, or how can she connect with that supreme being by writing, but they miss two
key points precisely. First, there are no pre-defined or only acceptable modes or ways of connecting
to God, hence one can have their own, unique way of feeling one with the Almighty, and the second
point, which is most important is that it is a memoir and not a guidebook on spirituality. Then, of
course, the “paid-vacation” criticism has always been there, yet again it’s Gilbert’s life experience in
a conversational tone, and I don’t see how if someone’s work takes them to places then how that
becomes a point of criticism for their work (moreover we have always been judging other’s life,
haven’t we?). My keywords for the book will be enjoyable, engaging, funny, and wise. It leaves a
sense of a feel-good factor behind and is a must-read for a woman.
Rating for this book – ***/5