'Rajith Savanadasa left Sri Lanka in 2001 to study Engineering at RMIT University. His writing has appeared in The Key of Seas journal, The Island (Sri Lanka), Popmatter.com, Ondru and other print and online publications. He was shortlisted for the Asia-Europe Foundation short story prize in 2013 and the Fish Publishing short story prize in 2013. In 2014 he received a Wheeler Centre Hotdesk Fellowship. Savanadasa is the founder and primary contributor of Open City Stories, a website documenting the lives of a group of asylum seekers in Melbourne. He lives in Melbourne.
'In the bustling streets, overcrowded hospitals and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war. Latha, the family's servant of two decades, questions her allegiances following the tragic death of her nephew ...Anoushka, a sixteen-year-old high-school student, tries to win back a friend while keeping her punk-rock credentials hidden from her parents ...Lakshmi, a proud matriarch, is haunted by images of missing boys while struggling with the selfish disregard of her own children ...Niranjan, recently returned from Australia, is ready to get his start-up off the ground but keeps getting distracted by stoner friends and petty squabbles ...And Mano, the head of the family, feels increasingly impotent under the pressure of government intimidation and his wife's scorn ...As the five leave Colombo to travel to an ancient city, the generations collide and long-held prejudices are revealed. For this family, with one foot in the old way of life and one firmly in the new, nothing can ever be what it once was.' (Publication summary)