Shankari Chandran, a lawyer of Sri Lankan origin, has received the famous “Miles Franklin” literary award, Australia’s biggest literary prize. Living in Canberra, Australia, she received this award for her novel “Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens”, and the cash prize was sixty thousand dollars.
A Sri Lankan who fled the country to escape the civil war in the 1980s has written this novel, exploring ‘Being Australian’ and commenting on the lives of the residents of an aged care facility in western Sydney. This novel, written on the themes of war, racism, family, love and friendship, has become the talk of readers in Australia.
Her parents are doctors who fled Sri Lanka due to the civil war and moved to the UK and then settled in Canberra, Australia. (Lankadeepa)