Being in need: The stories we tell through things.

Manishka Gunasekara
6 min readMay 15, 2020
Photo Credits: Luca Laurence from Unsplash


My mother, born in the 1950’s, grew up in a scenic village, tucked in the hill country of Sri Lanka. She lived through a strange paradox of having a life of abundance but also experiencing specific lacks. Being one of ten children meant that though my grandparents were considerably well-off, everything had to be rationed. They lived by paddy-fields and had…