Hari nicknamed as ‘Kolumban’, a cowherd boy lives in a hut on a hilltop which is under a serious threat of forced eviction. The ‘mountaineering game’ annually played by children during winter traps Kolumban in an inescapable servitude to Akku, the boy who has lately become the king through this game. But playing with other children and engaging in merry-making on the meadows are a relief from the extreme alienation that Kolumban feels. Kolumban’s most precious possession is a bag of seeds in which he keeps all kinds of seeds he collects from the forest. At last, when Kolumban’s hut is destroyed along with the indigenous culture and nature, what remains is his small bag of seeds.


Thomas Devasya