Mr. Chandrahas Choudhury, you are not only a novice writer, you seem to be a novice reader as well.
Please know the differences between 'view of the author', 'views of the novel', 'view of the characters in novel'. They're all different. Like you, I too don't believe that "if you want something bad enough, the universe will conspire to give it to you". But certain characters in Alchemist think. That doesn't make him a bad writer.
Coming to Dan Brown, he's a master of all trades. Every topic he takes for writing a novel, he gets in deep; depth which few can reach. He writes Digital Fortress as if a techie-turned-author would write. He writes The Da Vinci Code as if a curator/historian-turned-author would write.
this author should be humble but finally someone has said the rubbish thing about Paulo Coehlo. I feel the same. but seriously, humility is good for a debut author. he/she shouldn't trash big literary names.
.....why are we all getting carried away...Paulo is good...we all know it...and we don't need to justify it or raise voice against who thinks he is not good....its Mr. Chandrahas's opinion...so be it...even I think I play better than Sachin...but then...
I am amazed that being an author you ridicule Mr. Coehlo like this. He has been a terrific influence in my life and even if you do not agree with his writing style, the "rubbish" is unnecessary. Authors weave a fictional world and juts because you choose to not agree with him, it does not merit disrespect.
I have read Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown .. to Umberto Eco.. I mean.. a lot of different writers.. All of them are good.. all of them.. It is not easy to write a book..and if you think Paulo Coelho is a rubbish writer.. well that means you are not matured enough to be a good writer.. Well.. thanks for this interview.. I dont have to read your book.
You left your job to start writing a book, there was a lot of inputs from your friends, families, no calamity befell upon you at the time of writing your book...Is this all not part of the universe and universe helping you to achieve your dream of writing a book?
I am not familiar with his blog nor have i seen his debut book but he does appear to be very clear headed about life & the process of writing. Some people may not like what he says about Dan Brown or Paulo Coelho & there are many more like them,but he is right.I have read & taught literature for more than three decades & I feel the same way.The number of books sold is no proof of a writers quality.Their books are not meant for serious reading.Enjoy them as a good past time or a racy fiction but they are certainly not helpful for aspiring or would be writers.Why get hurt? Nobody stops you from reading or liking these authors.As far as " Arzee" is concerned I will read the book first before making any comment.