Sri M's novel Shunya is a story of 'nothing', dressed in the clothes of the authors experiences.
As a big fan of his two autobiographical accounts, 'Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master' and its sequel, I see how he has reused his own life experiences as fodder for this novel.
It has an interesting overall theme, some fascinating scenarios and an intriguing protagonist. Yet overall I found it more difficult, or slightly less enjoyable, to get into than the simply told tales in his autobiographies, which really brought you in.
I really wanted to like it and did to a great extent, but, for me at least, it fell a little short of his biographical accounts.
I’ve read Sri Ms autobiographical accounts and can see threads of his experiences (and others) in this fictional narrative of Shunyi or Zero. I’ve read a lot of books about different yogis and teachers. While this story is not so different to the other books in its recounts of events and personality changes that can accompany the journey of ‘enlightenment’ or an understanding of zero, I found there was still enough liveliness in the plot to hold my attention. Overall, I found this an enjoyable book that challenges social norms about rules and reality. It reminds the reader to again suspend judgment and expand their own perception about the reality of everyday life.