Author: Sarah Stodder
Sarah Stodder is a freelance journalist based in New York and San Francisco. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Literary Reportage at NYU. You can read more of her work in San Francisco magazine and The Caravan. Follow her on Twitter @SarahStodder.

When I step out of the rain and into the restaurant, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is already waiting for me. Though I’m seven minutes early, I arrive to find the exiled Sri Lankan lawyer, known to his compatriots as Rudra, sitting at a corner table and peacefully watching the deluge outside. (More…)