September 06, 2021: Paulo Coelho is among the most celebrated authors in the writers’ fraternity. The Alchemist written by the Brazilian author is an all-time bestseller book worldwide. And this was actually proved by an auto-rickshaw driver from Kerala. Contrary to the witty one-liners and funny pictures on the back of the auto-rickshaws, this auto had the author’s name written on its back and now is viral.
The auto driver in question had Paulo Coelho’s name written on the back of his auto-rickshaw. He also had the name of the novel, The Alchemist, written below it in Malayalam. The 1988 novel is a story about a young shepherd boy and his journey through the pyramids of Egypt in search of love and to pursue what his heart desires. The photo was shared by the novelist himself on his social media handle and, since then, has gone viral on social media.
Local media reports suggest that the auto-rickshaw belongs to a man named KA Pradeep. "Kerala, India (thank you very much for the photo)," wrote the author in the caption of his post.
After being uploaded by Paulo Coelho, the photo has gone viral on the Internet with over 21,000 likes. Desi Twitter excitedly expressed their love and admiration for the author.
"Alchemist was the first (real) book I’ve read too," a user said. Another one commented, "We love your books sir. Alchemist is a book that every reader loves."