Chandani Kumari Lokuge Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Chandani Kumari Lokuge

Associate Professor
Monash University

A former Australian Commonwealth Scholar from Sri Lanka, Chandani Lokuge is currently Associate Professor of Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Monash University, Australia. She has published 15 books including the Oxford Classics Reissue series on Indian Women's autobiography and fiction written in English, three novels, a book of short fiction and several guest-edited journals. She is the founder and Director of the South Asian Diaspora International Researchers' Network (SADIRN).


My research and creative work (fiction) engage with themes of migration and diaspora.  I am particularly interested in the individual pitted against deeply personal relationships that rise from the migratory experience. My research publications include the Oxford Classic Reissues series of the pioneering Indian women's autobiography and fiction written in English, and more recently, literary studies of the South Asian diaspora.  I am the author of three novels and a book of short stories. My last novel, Softly, As I leave you was awarded Sri Lanka's Godage National Literary Award, and my first novel, If the moon smiled was short listed for the new South Wales Premier's Award. My creative work has been translated into French, Greek and Hindi.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Postcolonial literature, Diaspora literary studies, South Asian studies/academic research, creative writing, life writing

Personal Interests

    Creative writing , reading, tourism,



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Interventions, Vo 13(3) 483-494

Journey into Vishranti: A Critico-Autobiographical Reflection on Diasporic Disbe

Published: Dec 10, 2017 by Interventions, Vo 13(3) 483-494
Authors: Chandani Lokuge
Subjects: Literature

This essay is based on my experiences as a Sri Lankan-Australian, my creative writing and academic research. Using the range of mountains named the Three Sisters and the Buddhist Vihara in Katoomba, New South Wales as a creative microcosm, the essay weaves into a philosophical meditation on the diasporic's journey into true restfulness (vishranti). It is supported by theories of postcolonial hybridity and globalization.