Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' Impresses Omar

5 January 2009
The Times of India

Jammu: 'When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.' This guiding philosophy of Paulo Coelho's novel 'The Alchemist' has left a deep impression on Jammu and Kashmir's youngest chief minister Omar Abdullah who admits he never thought his dreams would come true so quickly in his short political career 'I read it a long time back but never thought it will be coming true so soon,' the 38-year-old National Conference president said in an interview shortly after taking oath as chief minister. Omar, whose party won 28 out of 87 seats in last month's assembly election in the state, made a victorious comeback from the Ganderbal constituency which had voted him out in the 2002 polls. 'The people of my state were there to help me. They stood by me, understood my ideas, did not ignore my work for them despite being in opposition and brought me to this position,' Omar said. Omar, who wants to be remembered as a 'people's CM', said he had big plans for the state which is still jittery from the Amarnath Yatra land row that drove a deep wedge between the Hindu-majority Jammu and the Muslim dominated Kashmir valley. 'I don't want to be seen as a chief minister but rather be remembered as servant of people,' he said. The NC chief also plans to make his department more accessible to the common man.