BiographyMy 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
Creative writing , reading, tourism,
Published: Dec 10, 2017 by Interventions, Vo 13(3) 483-494
Authors: Chandani Lokuge
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.