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The Forty Rules of Love b: Elif Shafak

There are few books which are meant to find you and this book is one of them. When I first heard about this book I assumed that it would be another love story and hence I was not anywhere interested in picking up this book. But then I saw people raving about it I thought of giving it a try and I am oh so glad that I picked it.

The book has two parallel narratives, one set in present times with middle aged housewife Ella and another one in thirteenth century following the story of Rumi and Shams of Tabriz. Ella is a forty year old women who is unhappily married and following a mundane life until one day he read this novel following the story of Rumi and Shams which changed her life. As Rumi is transformed from scholar to a mystic and passionate poet in the love of his companion Shams of Tabriz, Ella found parallels in the story with the author Aziz and set out to find her inner Rumi.

As much as I love the storyline I also love the writing style. I was completely hanging upon one chapter to another to know what going to happen next. It has a beautiful beginning, an engaging middle and a pertinent ending.

This book has come to me in the time when I needed it most. It has changed my perception about a lot of things like companion, love and took me on a spiritual journey. It soothed my heart with love and hopefulness. Listing down some of the beautiful lines from the book that touched my heart. If it touches your heart I will urge you to go and pick up this book and I can assure you won’t be disappointed.

Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things may seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful ! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi/Lightworker is thankful not only for what she/he has been given, but also for what she/he has been denied

Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to be farsighted enough to trust the end result of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be so short-sighted as to not be able to see the outcome. The lover’s of God never run out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.

Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?

Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.

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