Paulo Coelho writes faster than a Carlos Castaneda thought - but then, that's not saying much. In his latest novel, Brida (Rs 295, HarperCollins), the Brazilian writer of soft tales writes about a beautiful Irish girl and her quest for knowledge. There's a mandatory wise man she meets and a woman who "teaches her how to dance to the hidden music of the world". Er, if you're into this kind of flaky stuff, pick this up and read to the rhythm of the universe. And if not, there's always Baba Ramdev.