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Book Review: Shunya: A Novel by Sri M  

Shunya: A Novel is the first attempt in fiction by Sri M. in the world of literature which is inspired by many great leaders. He is the spiritual guru, educationists, or social reformers and the book by Sri M. is first published by Westland Publishers and is available in offline stores and online retail stores like amazon. You can get the book for just Rs. 210 and get extra discounts using Amazon Coupons India. He wrote another book as his memoir titled Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master:  A Yogi’s Autobiography that proved a bestseller after hitting the shop shelves.
Author Sri M. had the idea to invent a character that has characteristics of many types of religious people in India. The character in the novel broke all the social barriers as he chose to break the rules of a society and leaves a reader thinking if he is an avadhuta or an enlightened soul. He intends to explore the world and keeps appearing and disappearing from unknown places without letting anyone knows from where he comes and goes. And his name is shunya which means nothing – a zero man.

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The book is not aimed at any particular age group and it can be read by all ages. As the book is themed for the mature age group, it is better to be read mostly by older people.
The essence of the book is quite deep and when one touches the ultimate truth the mind of a person is expanded from a limited approach towards life to live a happy life. The character Shunya in the novel is occupied with dignity and awareness. He always endeavors to bring people of different religions together.

They call the lead character in the book as Saami who lives in a small cottage in the backyard of some local toddy shop. He spins parables, blesses, curses, drinks endless glasses of black tea and lives in total freedom there in the backyard. At the time the character plays soul inspiring tunes through his bamboo-reed flute.

The first novel by the Author Sri M is a reflection of the void between the reality and make-believe approach of a person in life that can be limited and at the infinity as well. The lead character is majorly a replica of the common man of the age. The author has a great storytelling line and has reflected his profound wisdom through his character ‘shunya’ that means nothingness of thoughtful and ever-lasting peace as well as the beginning and end of all things. One can read this book or rent this, site like Chegg offers renting of books and ebooks at cheaper rates.

The Author was born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and he heads The Satsang Foundation. In the year 2011, he wrote his first memoir ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography’ which climbed the chart of a bestseller. He then wrote the sequel of the first memoir titled ‘The Journey Continues’ which was published in the year 2017 almost after 6 years of its sequel’s publication. He has authored many other books on philosophy, yoga and Indian mysticism. Since many years he is living with the mission that has ensured his several initiatives including the establishment of a number of schools, the Satsang Swasthya Kendra that gives affordable health care services to people through universal and comprehensive treatments. He has also opened the Manav Ekta Mission and Sarva Dharma Kendra to promote inter-faith agreement.

The story is set in Kerala, the story is about an enigmatic person who is found by people one day and disappears somewhere the other day. Over the time, people recognize that he has some magical powers and he has been portrayed as a spiritually blessed soul and the rest of the story is the insight of the battle between the atheists and the theists. The story questions what is the truth and what the myth is and what is an illusion. It tells the meaning of life and what’s the reason for one’s existence and the happening around.
The novel explores the unique blend of fiction and non-fiction with a reflection of spirituality. The book lets the reader travel to a different zone tackling the problems of money, health, job, and promotion etc. It is the philosophical and intense read. And the narrative and language are very well written to make the story really interesting. The book is recommended for all those who enjoy deep and mystical reads that leaves a reader with spiritual contentment.
Sri M is fond of reading versatile literary works and his reading list includes The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway. He didn’t read a lot of books but he loves to read the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, and Christian mystics. He is the crucial and mostly known name as a contributor to the world of innovative educational institutions and health care centers for the less privileged. In the year 2015-16, he walked about 7,500 km barefoot across the country from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to spread the message of humanity and named his motion as “Walk of Hope”.  He is working on his next books and one of them includes a book on Yoga named “Yoga for the Godless”.