“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes travel around the world looking for it.” - Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
11 years ago, this beautiful, simple yet complex movie about this woman trying to find herself while travelling through the world caught our eye and made us fall in love with everything! The movie helped us understand the true meaning of life and the lessons it holds that one must learn from time to time.
Elizabeth’s journey to find herself looks a lot like the life of a person. She starts with Eat in Rome, because that is what a newborn mostly learns and does in the formative years. This is followed by Pray in Rishikesh, where one learns the right path of happiness and wisdom. And once you’re on the right path, only then can you love yourself or anyone else which makes up for the last part of her journey Love in Bali.
Her journey inspired millions to travel and learn their lessons through the different hardships and challenges. But let’s face the fact, our pockets and our hearts never suggest the same, and add the Covid travel restrictions, that makes the plan impossible!
Well, it’s not. The movie was a revelation for many travel lovers who found meanings more than just Eat, Pray, Love. They fell in love with the food, devotion and the idea of finding love but also with architecture and the vibes that every place has.
Looking back, if Eat Pray Love was shot only in India, what could replace Rome and Bali? Here’s a list of places where they could shoot the film based on the message, Eat, Pray, Love.