R.O. Kwan wrote that in this tempestuous election year, "not everything's been hateful. I've loved, in particular, one heartening trend countering the upsurge of xenophobia: this year's bonanza of English-language fiction published by writers of Asian descent."
The Other One: Stories has garnered great praise, including from Celeste Ng, author of the novel Everything I Never Told You: "Every now and then you meet a writer whose voice is so fresh and exciting and whose work is not only moving, but important—and you can’t wait for everyone else to discover them. For me, Hasanthika Sirisena is one of those writers."