Verdict: “We don’t choose the things that happen to us, but we can choose how we react to them.” Hippie, unlike his other books, loops mostly around experiences from the author’s life. The story is narrated from a third person perspective. Every flip through the book reveals that it is nothing less than a “literary travelogue”. Paulo, masqueraded as young skinny Brazilian, transport his readers to a bold and vibrant era of hippies. Being an avid Paulo Coelho reader, I personally missed the fairy dust of inspiration throughout the book. Even so, the book succeeded to stand out from the rest of his novels, and to an extent in giving us a glimpse into his experiences. Flipping through the pages of ‘Hippie’, I could easily let my mind go footloose rather than buckling it to the rectos as convention demands! I had laid my hands on the translated (English) version, which I would rate, a 3.5 on 5. An engineer by profession, Meera is deeply passionate about blogging, art, and photography. Her focus is mainly on travelogues. Being a folklorist in making, she goes about with a purpose of documenting various cultures. She is also an avid reader who enjoys the company of good crime/mystery novels.