Popularity of the Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) starring “Eat, Pray, Love”, which is yet to hit theaters, seems to have resulted in a Las Vegas (USA) travel company offering “Eat, Pray and Love” tour.
The company is offering experience through which Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love”, went through by providing a week-long tour of Bali (Indonesia) from May 20-27 next. It includes palm readings by Ketut Liyer (87) featured in Gilbert’s book, vitamin lunch at Wayan’s tiny restaurant, visit to Hindu temples and learning how the local Hindus pray, meditation or yoga practice each morning, open air shower. One can pose for a picture with Ketut and get his autograph on the book at no charge.
The tour description says: “A family of monkeys may wander over to sit on your balcony or walk down to lunch with you”. It further mentions: Think of this as either of the “India” portion of the trip, and fully participate in the yoga classes, or like the “Italy” portion of the trip, and sleep in! But praying is reportedly an integral part of the tour.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged the tour company that while showcasing Hindu prayers-traditions-concepts-meditation to the groups, stick to the authentic version. Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, offered to help if asked.
Roberts was in Italy, India, and Bali in the recent past shooting for “Eat, Pray, Love” based on Pushcart Prize winner Elizabeth Gilbert’s spirituality/travel memoir (played by Roberts). Directed by Emmy nominated Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) and aiming at a release next year, it also stars Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Oscar nominated Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Oscar nominated Viola Davis (Doubt), Golden Globe winner James Franco (Pineapple Express).
Gilbert’s bestseller memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” is about her self-discovery and soul-searching after her nasty divorce, exploring through India, Italy, and Indonesia, a journey which is pleasurable as well as enlightening. It was number one on New York Times Paperback Nonfiction List for over a year and its over five million copies were reportedly now in print. “Eat, Pray, Love” T-shirts, baseball caps, throw pillows, and mugs are already on sale.