Updated: September 9, 2021 11:21:16 am
Indian autorickshaws often have quirky lines written on their back. Now, author Paulo Coelho has tweeted the photo of an autorickshaw in Kerala which has his name written on its back.
Besides Coelho’s name, the autorickshaw also had The Alchemist, which is one of his best-selling books, written on it in Malayalam. Posting the picture on Twitter, Coelho wrote, “Kerala, India (thank you very much for the photo).”
Kerala, India (thank you very much for the photo) pic.twitter.com/13IdqKwsMo
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) September 4, 2021
Brazillian author Coelho, born in Rio de Janerio in 1947, is best known for his book The Alchemist along with Eleven Minutes and The Winner Stands Alone. The Alchemist is the story of a young boy who, in search of adventure and love, travels the world.
Coelho’s post also brought attention to the autorickshaw owner Pradeep, who named his three-wheeler ‘The Alchemist’ 10 years ago after reading the Malayalam version of Coelho’s book. “I have read his several books. There will be at least one thing in each book which can be followed in our life,” the 55-year-old told PTI.
Pradeep, whose autorickshaw is his only means of livelihood, has also read Coelho’s The Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die, The Pilgrimage and Adultery.
Talking about Coelho’s tweet, Pradeep, who has been riding autorickshaws for over two decades, said that he found out about it from a friend. “This is a gift for reading the Alchemist…a blessing,” he added.
With over 15 million followers on the microblogging website, it did not take long for desi fans to take note of the picture he shared. Many expressed their love for the author and his book. Some also tweeted about Coelho being “one of the most celebrated” modern-day writers in Kerala.
keralites love this book !!! its recommended by every teacher to their students
— Nir⁷ (@ughtan7) September 5, 2021
— Mireille Hamdan (@MireilleHamdan) September 4, 2021
Currently having a second read on it 😊 we love your works pic.twitter.com/VvGcsDzcQU
— Sheryl⁷🍒 (@OT7blossoms) September 5, 2021
ഈ ചിത്രം കണ്ടെതിൽ സന്തോഷം തോന്നുന്നു. ഞാൻ ഒരു കേരളീയൻ ആയതിൽ അഭിമാനിക്കുന്നു. ഇന്ന് ഈ ദിനം ഒരു മികച്ച ദിവസമാണ്.
— Savithri Devi.S (@SavithriDeviS1) September 5, 2021
It’s morning here in Kerala, and this is the first thing I saw today… Couldn’t have been much better, because I started my journey with The Alchemist, glad that I’m still following it’s path. Thank you for sharing this pic.
PS: my twitter username suggests it😊😊
— Rachel (@FathimaSantiago) September 5, 2021
Alchemist was the first (real) book I’ve read too.
— itiswhatitis (@whatitisisshit) September 5, 2021
Whether it’s fiction or non fiction, every world classics are translated into Malayalam, mother tongue of Keralites. And you are one of the most celebrated modern day writer here in Kerala.
— rejimon varghese (@rejimonv) September 5, 2021
Coelho has often expressed his fondness for India. Earlier in 2017, he had posted a photo of Shah Rukh Khan and called him one of the best movie stars in the world.
Who is THE most famous ( and one of the best) movie star in the world? pic.twitter.com/v1VRuBHfPC
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) July 16, 2017