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OProvocative, evocative stories of everyday life in Sri Lanka.
'Funny, warm and filled with pathos' Bangalore Mirror
‘A fresh and promising new voice on the literary landscape' New Indian Express
‘Deeply moving … Tenduf-La writes on Sri Lanka from the intriguing perspective of the outsider inside’ Ashok Ferrey, author of The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons
In a private room sheltered from the Colombo riots, a seventeen-year-old girl gives birth to a hatechild. At a city gym, an introverted fitness instructor obsesses over his unattainable client. Inside an untended guest-house room, an adolescent cricket champ is caught unawares by his coach’s violent fury. By a rain-drenched gravesite, a special-needs teacher confides in a stranger.
Edgy yet tender, racy yet warm, these interlinked stories take us into the unfamiliar everyday of Sri Lankan living, where smugglers, waiters, single moms and cheaters cross paths as they attempt to negotiate a web of shock, subterfuge and irony. A collection of infinite brio and charm, this is Chhimi Tenduf-La at his inventive best.