Shambala Junction

Dipika Mukherjee (Author)

Product Details

$22.95  $21.11
Aurora Metro Books
Publish Date
April 11, 2017
5.0 X 0.7 X 7.7 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Dipika Mukherjee made her debut as a novelist with the publication of Thunder Demons (Gyaana Books, 2011), long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She won the Platform Flash Fiction competition in April 2009. She has edited two anthologies of Southeast Asian short stories: Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). Her first poetry collection, The Palimpsest of Exile, was published by Rubicon Press in 2009. Her short stories and poems have appeared in publications around the world, including World Literature Today, Asia Literary Review, The South Asia Review, Del Sol Review and Postcolonial Text among others, and have been widely anthologised. She curates an Asian/American Reading Series for the Guild Literary Complex, Chicago. Dipika holds a doctorate in English (Sociolinguistics) from Texas A&M University. She has taught language and linguistic courses in China, India, the Netherlands, United States, Malaysia, and Singapore and now teaches Sociolinguistics at Northwestern University and is Faculty Affiliate at the Equality Development and Globalisation Studies (EDGS), Roberta Buffett Centre for International and Comparative Studies. She lives in Chicago with her husband and they have two sons. More information at http: //


"...(Mukherjee's) light, humorous style and engaging, believable characters make her book enticing and very readable...What emerges is a powerful tale of treachery, poverty - and both cute and inexcusable ignorance on the part of its lead character Iris (an Indian American)." -

"An unsentimental yet compassionate view of the cultural clashes between east and west in which the interests of the trafficked children ultimately prevail. This is an informing and entertaining novel and well worth reading. *****" - Amazon

"... takes hold of you and leads you with absolute confidence into one of the most extraordinary journeys any of us ever embark on: the discovery of India." - Barney Norris, author of Times bestseller Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain

"It's a refreshingly original viewpoint on the traditional 'coming of age' story, brimming with powerful women, a complex society and fundamental human truths laid out in all its gritty beauty." -

"As much a cultural exploration as it is a love story, the book is a remarkable webbing of different viewpoints. Mukherjee is able to translate captivating realities to a wide audience through pulsing characters, with a natural story-telling ability that is inviting and enlightening." -Windy City Reviews

"Traveling on a train through India, Iris hurtles toward the biggest change of her life--only she doesn't know it yet. Shambala Junction discusses the need for adventure, the nag of curiosity, and passion for doing what's right through romantic, fluid prose that takes firm hold of the plot to produce an invigorating, engaging, and dynamic story." -World Literature Today