Eat , Pray , Love !
Elizabeth Gilbert , an American woman who has a perfect house , a husband , a battalion of friends and a very successful writing career . In spite of all this she is unhappy with the marriage and opts out of it , filing for divorce . Meanwhile she has fallen in love with David , which further complicates things . Swamped with divorce proceedings and settlement issues , Liz finds her life thrown out of balance .
In the current situation she decides to go a year long travel in pursuit of Self Realization . She travels to three different destination in search of pleasure , inner peace and love . Her first destination is Italy , where she signs up for classes to learn Italian ( her life long wish ) . In Italy she finds pleasure in mastering the language and makes a few friends . She puts on four pounds of weight owing to her new found love for Italian food . Precisely after four months of stay in Italy , she leaves behind her loneliness and negativity which has been plaguing her for many months .
Secondly she moves on to an Ashram in suburban India . There she learns the art of meditation and yoga . She realizes that peace and god lay within us , waiting to be discovered . She shrugs off the nagging feeling of regret revolving around her divorce and leans to move on . A much changed and light hearted Liz proceeds to Indonesia .
In Indonesia , in the company of a 120 year old medicine man Ketut Liyer , she comes across a lot of Balinese traditions and customs by which she is fascinated . She makes friends with a local healer , Wayan . Wayan is a divorcee with a child of her own and two other adopted kids . The kindness of Wayan , in adopting two orphan kids even in the state of extreme poverty moves Liz’s heart and she proceeds to collect donations to help Wayan build a house . Meanwhile , she falls in love with Filipe , the Brazilian man whom she meets at party . With a happy heart and a peaceful mind Liz’s ends her year of travel .
The author Elizabeth Gilbert paints wonderful picture of her travel expeditions . The description of the scenic beauties of Italy and Bali , paints a vivid picture of the locations in the readers mind . On the whole , it a must read for philosophy lovers , readers who like to travel . And on a personal note , I immensely reading every page of the book .