August 24, 2011
Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho celebrates his 64th birthday today. Born in Rio de Janeiro on August 24, 1947 Coelho expressed his dream of becoming a writer at an early age. He became a journalist first and started to study occultism and spirituality. He published his first book at the age of 35 but it failed to make any kind of impact. He completed a pilgrim's walk of 830 km in 1986 and wrote his first successful novel (The Pilgrimage) on basis of the experience. Coelho has since become a bestselling author with 29 published novels in which he mixes religion, mysticism, spirituality and destiny.