THE AU­THOR WITH THE SE­CRET TOUCH

Hindustan Times - Brunch - - COVER STORY -

Paulo Coelho, 71, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Be­fore mak­ing writ­ing his full-time pro­fes­sion, he di­rected plays and worked as an ac­tor, a lyri­cist as well as a jour­nal­ist. How­ever, a year af­ter his pil­grim­age to saint James of Com­postela (1986), Paulo pub­lished The Al­chemist that went on to be­come a best­seller, though ini­tially the sales were so slow that his first pub­lisher con­tem­plated drop­ping the novel! Coelho is very ac­tive on Twit­ter and Face­book and puts up reg­u­lar blog posts. Few peo­ple may know that his po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism has landed him in prison three times!

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