We all at some time land in this quandary of seeking ourselves. Who we are? What is our purpose in life? Are we happy? If not, why are we not happy? What do we want to do about it then?

One such story is of Elizabeth (played by Julia Roberts), the lead character in the movie ‘Eat Pray Love.’ This is a biography of Elizabeth Gilbert adapted from her book with the same title. This movie has composed me and solved some predicaments every time I have watched it.

This movie is about meeting different people, exploring different culture and lifestyles, living, learning, losing, coming to terms and in the process finding yourself.

“A soulmate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.”

The movie is about the journey of seeking oneself, while breaking out from your routine.

Impressive dialogues and yet strikingly opposite life situations are all absolutely well expressed in the movie.

“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.”

The journey through the streets of Italy, to the ashram in India and then ending in the countryside of Bali straps you on to your seat, because somewhere you are living your quest and finding your answers in this movie.

Elizabeth’s conversation with God is epic, “Nice to meet you finally” and then the helpless downpour. It states, I have come to you finally after all the ordeal and now you show me the way. Being helpless she turns to this power she has never believed in and eventually after coming to the Indian Ashram she states, “God dwells in You, as You.”

The movie is like a scattered jigsaw puzzle that is rightly assembled in the end, not by its visual ease, but by deeper internal transformations o the lead character. It has something for everyone, and every scene is enriching.

Some of the lessons in the movie from the different people and places are –

In Italy, Elizabeth learns – dolce far niente – That is ‘the sweetness of doing nothing.’

We all are so taxed with occupying our days, hours, and minutes with work, that we freak out when we have nothing to do. Like we are wasting our time. A friend called me yesterday saying, “I am not motivated to do anything today.”

I told her, “Then dolce far niente– enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing then. You shall recuperate and bounce back.” The Italians do it. As a writer, I am seldom in a spot called the writer’s block, and that means its time to do nothing, but recharge.

In India, Elizabeth is given a role in the Ashram as a hostess, just when she gets on a silent retreat. She gladly accepts the hostess role. They call this role ‘Lil Suzie Cream Cheese‘ – which means, be social, bubbly and smiling all the time.

Sometimes, we decide some things in life and life presents us with ironic scenarios. Take it up. Live it. Be fluid in your actions. Guess, that is how it is meant to be.

The unusual ‘groceries’ nickname given to Elizabeth by a fellow in the ashram is a sign of how we connect to people and what mean to them.

“Many times, in romance I have been a victim of my own optimism.”

In Bali, Elizabeth is gifted a painting by a wise old man. The painting denotes that keep yourselves grounded and follow your heart sometimes, as opposed to your brain.

While bringing the different pieces of life into perspective, the movie brings a beautiful lesson of – Tutti (Everyone- in Italian).

“When you are out in the world helping yourselves, sometimes you end up helping Tutti.”

The movie ends with an positive affirmation, ‘Attreversiamo’ (Italian) which means – Lets cross over.

We are all living our battles. We win, we lose everyday. This movie is some food for the thought and soul. It reflects our life in the perspective of options we have, and can create.