He seems out of nowhere in a sleepy little neighbourhood in suburban Kerala. He calls himself Shunya, the 0. Who’s he? A lunatic? A depressing magician? A fraud? Or an avadhuta, an enlightened soul?
Saami—as they name him—settles right into a small cottage within the outside of the native toddy keep. Right here he spins parables, blesses, curses, beverages never-ending glasses of black tea and lives in overall freedom. On uncommon events, he performs soul-stirring melodies on his vintage, bamboo-reed flute.
Then, simply as mysteriously as he arrived, Shunya vanishes, atmosphere the trail for a brand new avadhuta, a brand new generation.
This first novel by way of Sri M is a meditation at the void which collapses the wall among fact and make-consider, the restricted and the countless. With its spare storytelling and profound knowledge, it leads us into the world of ‘shunya’, the nothingness of profound and lasting peace, the start and finish of all issues.