"It was a sort of homecoming"

“The setting is inspired by trips that I would take to my grandparents’ home in rural Sabah: the jungles, the starlight, the silence. I’m also someone who feels constantly caught in a state of in-between – in between languages, and locations, primarily – and the story was a response to that.” Sharmini Aphrodite’s short story has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.