Dipika Mukherjee‘s second novel, Shambala Junction, won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction (Aurora Metro, 2016). Her debut novel, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and republished as Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016) was also released as an Audible book in 2017. Her short story collections include Rules of Desire (Fixi, Malaysia, 2015) and edited collections include Champion Fellas (Word Works, 2016), Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). She has two poetry collections: The Third Glass of Wine (Writer’s Workshop, 2015), and The Palimpsest of Exile (Rubicon Press, 2009). She is a Juror on the The Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2017, also known as the American Nobel.
Awshukh in Bengali, my mother tongue, is opposite (aw) of shukh (contentment); being ill is Awshukh. Dis-ease seems similar, but you don’t catch Awshukh, it catches you till ontologically discontent, you are fevered, in bed.