Eat, Pray, Love and Ignore

eat pray loveEat, Pray, Love –  The movie. Though I was waiting for a movie starring Julia Roberts, I have been feeling absolutely no urge to watch Eat, Pray, Love. First, the hysteria seemed over the top. Second, it seems like the story of a woman who yet again decides she needs to ‘find’ herself.   Plus, unlike Sex and the City, which makes no claims to go beyond than high fashion, extravagant lifestyles and absurd situations, this one actually claims to have a spiritual undertone.

And predictably its about the pseudo intellectual ‘me me me’. Instead of going out to eat, pray, love as just another part of life the author needs to use self pity as an excuse to do these without guilt. But almost thinking of these made me feel guilty – am I the only one?

So I called up three of my friends to ask them if they wanted to see the movie. The first felt it was yet another poor little rich girl thing, the second asked me if Ms. Gilberts problems would be something a beggar on the road in India would sympathize with and the third just said it seemed blah.

So I guess it is going to me eat, pray, love and ignore for me.

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4 Comments

  1. Asha

    Yes, ignore. Another person trying to find herself.

  2. indrani

    Dear Khushi
    You have no idea how much I agree with you. I just saw the trailers but that was enough for me to decide not to go for the movie in a cineplex. May be I’ll wait for the DVD to come out!

  3. Shahana

    My experience and perspective is different. I read the book in 2007 within a year of its publication, and before it became a global sensation … and found it to be heartbreakingly poignant and heartwarmingly delightful. I found my own discoveries (because you can discover even if you’re not “searching”!) echoed in Gilbert’s words; I was already moving towards Vipassana meditation, and found her writing to propel me towards my own ancient culture.
    I guess I also don’t look at works of art through lenses of color (“white girl’s search) or class (“poor little rich girl”), like many of the critics of the book and movie seem to do.

  4. Khushi

    Do you not mention in your book that it sees life through the lens of an ‘Indian American experience’? So do you believe looking at ‘art’ from a lens of race is OK? In a way though I think I know why you can relate to the book – I think you have been searching yourself – not discovering without searching – through therapies, taking a break and all the things you have been writing about etc. Sometimes, a book comes at just the right time for someone vs. another. To me its not a lens of color or class – its a lens based on facts – demographics are facts, and we may try to drown them in euphemisms, but they do exist. This particular book reeks of perspectives that dont look beyond ones own stereotypes, so I think the critics are on to something.

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