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You never meet anybody you love for the first time, or the last, says the author of ‘Which life are you from?’

In an exclusive interview with NewsX, author and advertising creative director Mayank Gaur talks about his unusual story of past lives and soul families. “I may, out of courtesy, send a RIP message to the family of a bereaved soul, but what I really wish that soul, is Om Sadgati – may you have an auspicious journey to your next life. That is what our ancient Indian culture believes in. In fact, the possibility of other lives and continuity of love appeals strongly to a large number of people of other cultures too, as is evident from the massive, growing global following of Indian gurus, Buddhism, ISKCON (Hare Krishna movement) and path-breaking authors on the subject like Brian Weiss.”

In what Mayank intends to be a series of books on the continuity of love over lifetimes, the first story is titled ‘Bunny’s Burrow’ – that’s the inscription on the tombstone of a little girl, who in fact takes readers to two of our souls’ favourite places – childhood, and the afterlife.

“I am from an army family and my story is largely based on army life in Mhow cantonment. It takes readers on a nostalgic journey to a time when connectivity hadn’t disconnected people yet,” he says with a smile.

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The broad storyline is as follows: –

Lieutenant Colonel S.S. Narula, a.k.a. Sunny, a giant of a man, has been staggered by a series of bizarre coincidences since he arrived in Mhow cantonment. Now as he stands with moist eyes at the grave of his bestie from childhood, he has no idea of the extraordinary turn his life is about to take.

Little Bunny had shaken up the sleepy army cantonment when she had arrived with her English mum, Debbie, and her Anglo-Indian daddy, Major Robert Hudson, in the late ‘70s. She was blonde, beautiful, a bundle of mischief and a reservoir of compassion. She was also mildly dyslexic and occasionally made vague allusions that sounded like memories from other lives.

Love, wealth, expensive toys, the freedom to be naughty — Bunny had plenty and more of everything, except time. When she passed away, everyone was devastated. But her story is not over yet. Thirty years later, as the new age of spiritual awakening begins, amazing coincidences will bring her back to her large soul family. And everyone who wept at her grave will realize that grief is not the evidence of separation, it is, in fact, the proof of reunion.

In an intriguing blend of nostalgia, humour, love, tragedy, faith and hope, “Which Life Are You From?” explores the bandwidth of spirituality without being sermonizing. Its powerful social and behavioral metaphors compel introspection. With it, the author hopes readers will take away the diverse nuances of love, the value of laughter and the essence of spirituality.

“Which Life Are You From? is the story your soul has been waiting to hear since ever,” says Mayank, with a glint in his eyes.

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