Expiry Date: Not The End

by Anita S J IN India
October 1, 2016

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Expiry Date: Not The End (book) by Anita S JA simple story of a simple man so simply narrated that it brings out the complexities of day-to-day occurrences simply, yet amusingly.
It is a simple tale of a man-next-door and his convoluted state of mind—complexities of occurrences-turn of events-flukiness-twist of fate.
Expiry Date—not the end, is not a love story it is the story of love. Love—the most important element required to live. Love, with its in-built wisdom and justice works its way in our lives. Love with as many of its hues as one can imagine in our lifetime is the process of living. Living a life full of love is not just having life but owning it, being alive in life, living as living should be, life as life should be—experiencing life, negotiating with the lows, breezing through the highs, learning from our own experience—the first hand experience of living.
Why do we ever live—a question that the protagonist tries to find answers for, and in the process, he finds out how to perfect his life as well as learns to shape a few other lives.
It is a contemporary romantic fiction about love and philosophy of life.
Anant – the protagonist, while contemplating on his unsuccessful life, finds a newborn baby-girl abandoned in a garbage bin. The event changes first his perspective on life, then his life itself. He matures to take the brunt of destiny bravely when he knows why fate has punished him with unhappiness. He finds out the cause of his misery—that one mistake of his past.
You may not know when a tear drop rolls down your cheek or you may catch yourself smiling at yourself—so simply involving are the twists of his fate that you are drawn-in to empathize with Anant. One love, lost in ignorance; another that he finds but could not cherish...the tumultuous sweet and sour events lead him to find the true meaning of love all over again. Will he be third-time lucky?
The newborn baby-girl – abandoned to die in the garbage bin. With rodents nibbling at her in the scorching tropical heat of Mumbai, was she destined to die a torturous death?
Asmi – the young widow is staring at a strange travesty of fate. Educated abroad, she was pushed to the edge to maintain her sanity and self-respect while withstanding the expectations of orthodox Indian traditions. What happens when life let loose a flood of miseries upon her?
Jayant – sets an example of meaningful living. Flying on the wings of positivism, discovers and propagates a paradigm shift to our understanding of the divine.
Death—the expiry date of our life...
but does it mean the end dot in a life sentence?
Living a life full of love is not just having life but owning it, being alive in life, living as living should be, life as life should be—experiencing life, negotiating with the lows, breezing through the highs, learning from our own experience—the first hand experience of living.
 

Author's Note: 

Expiry date—not the end, came to be while wondering about what could make man entirely happy. An attempt to find answers to questions like:
Is expiry date—death—the end dot in a life sentence?
Is it a painful end to an unpleasant life?
Or is it like an experience of sleep, awaking from sleep to come back to be aware of ourselves after a good night’s sleep. The quest of God doesn’t mean a thing in the present state of chaos in our lives. Neither people urging us to think positive make any sense when we can sense all but negativity around us. What is the link between God and love/Positivity? Looking for God makes one loving/positive or a loving/positive mind is ready to face God.
Flying on the wings of positivity can help one reach God – The state within. God perhaps has intentionally implanted in us all that it takes to make us in his image. That is what he desires, seemingly to make us God conscious. When man imbibes the nature of God, when he displays all the attributes of God, he becomes THAT – all powerful, yet humble; all knowing, yet silent; all pervasive, and yet invisible.

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