The Ayah and Other Stories

The Ayah and Other Stories

Author : Annie Chanis Fernando

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Rs. 199
Classification Short Stories/ fiction
Pub Date 5 January 2017
Imprint Amaryllis
Page Extent 143
Binding Paperback
Language English
ISBN 978-93-81506-81-3
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The Ayah and Other Stories is a collection of acutely observed stories that will take you on a memorable journey. Spanning settings from the 1960s Sri Lanka to the Somalia of the 80s, and to the 21st century Paris, each vignette provides a superbly rendered and deeply atmospheric glimpse into the private and emotional worlds of a variety of narrators.
Boisard-Fernando's collection offers not only a deft handling of place and setting, but also the tantalising possibility of seeing the world through the eyes of her subtle and loveable characters. The Ayah and Other Stories was born out of her poignant memories of a blessed childhood in Sri Lanka and keenly perceptive womanhood in France, in between traversing many places and time-frames the world over.

About author

Chanis Fernando Boisard was born in Sri Lanka, where she spent her childhood and adolescence. She then went on to Paris to study modern languages at Sorbonne University. During this time, she spent summer vacations with her parents in Mogadiscio, Somalia, where her father had taken up an assignment. She joined American Airlines in 1991 before moving to Sri Lankan Airlines where she was in-charge of group travel until December, 2015.

Chanis won the British Council Short Story Competition in Colombo in 1976 for her story, The Ayah, and has written a great many stories since then. During her 26 years in the airline world, she was able to visit many countries including Borneo, Argentina and Iceland. Her frequent visits back to her home country shaped her sharp sense of observation and sensitivity. She could step back and see Sri Lanka differently, both as a native and as someone who had spent more than half her life away.

Chanis enjoys learning new languages and is fluent in Sinhala, English, French and Spanish, in addition to a smattering of Chinese and Portuguese. She plays the Brazilian guitar and sings with a group of 15 musicians. She lives in Paris with her French husband, and is the mother of two daughters.