In the novel Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, we meet a young man named Sanpath who lives in a small village in India. Sanpath—who works as a postman—is bored and dissatisfied with his lot in life, so he decides to play a trick on his fellow villagers. He climbs a guava tree and begins to speak to his neighbors about their highly personal matters; the villagers are distraught since they know that there is no way Sanpath could possibly know this information. His neighbors soon believe that he is possesses mystic powers and begin treating Sanpath with reverence.
Little do they know, however, that all of Sanpath's knowledge about such matters has been gained by his opening and reading his neighbors' letters while on duty at the post office. However, we soon learn that Sanpath—while not exactly psychic—is actually descended from a long line of idiot savants.
Sanpath meets a group of monkeys who are sympathetic to his cause when he first climbs the tree; the monkeys eventually become his bodyguards, but they end up wreaking havoc in town. Unfortunately for Sanpath, he must also contend with certain hostile villagers and groups (such as the Atheist Society) who do not believe he possesses any powers. He is also constantly besieged by villagers who want his advice on all matters.
The end of the novel takes a bit of a strange and mystical turn. Sanpath has grown weary of all the attention and demands on his time and longs for a respite. So, he goes to sleep and becomes a guava that is then carried up into the trees by a monkey. However, the monkey - now holding the guava formerly known as Sanpath - loses his balance and falls into a giant cooking pot owned by Sanpath's mother. The resulting stew is delicious due to this "secret ingredient!"