Dipika Mukherjee

Dipika Mukherjee’s work, focusing on the politics of modern Asian societies, includes the novels Shambala Junction (which won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction) and Ode to Broken Things (longlisted for the Man Asia Literary prize as Thunder Demons). She has edited five anthologies of Southeast Asian fiction. She is core faculty at StoryStudio Chicago and is affiliated to the Buffet Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University.

  • A long exposure photograph of the moon in eclipse
    Dipika Mukherjee
    Photo: Zoltan Tasi / Unsplash A mother’s conflict with her daughter causes her to reflect on Khawnaa, a mathematician-astrologer and light of the Bengali medieval court.  When my daughter...
  • Dipika Mukherjee leans over a railing, smiling, as she looks at the camera
    July 23, 2019 | Dipika Mukherjee
    A writer travels from Chicago to a residency in rural Malaysia, where part of her novel-in-progress is set. While encountering the many living creatures who surround her and making progress on he...
  • A digital altered photograph of Kuala Lumpur shrouded in fog or smog with greys and browns mixed into the haze
    April 16, 2019 | Dipika Mukherjee
    Kuala Lumpur / Photo by Ishan @seefromthesky Although the world has opened up for Malaysian glocal writers in the past fifteen years, they still face the demon of self-censorship....
  • Books from What to Read Now: Malaysia
    Dipika Mukherjee
    The appetite for Malaysian fiction in the English-speaking world seems fixated on family sagas set in the Japanese Occupation of Malaya—stories largely irrelevant to the current sociopolitical challen...
  • Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia
    Dipika Mukherjee
    In this story written in response to current events in Malaysia, a writer confronts the doppelgänger intended to silence her political speech. The Petronas Towers in Malaysia. P...
  • Migrant Workers Poetry Competition
    January 14, 2015 | Dipika Mukherjee
    Dipika Mukherjee reports on the first-ever Migrant Workers Poetry Competition in Singapore, at which construction-site laborers read their poems in November. Rarely is poetry, with its messy...
  • Dipika Mukherjee
    Dipika Mukherjee
    Dipika Mukherjee. Photo by Bobo Lin, Shanghai. Dipika Mukherjee wrote the following poem in response to the August 5, 2012, Sikh gurdwara shooting in Wisconsin.     My name is Simr...

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