Dipika‘s design process was not just any designer process. It was also an invitation to rethink myself in terms of values and ideas and how I wanted to present myself and be coherent with the branding. It took some effort and still does to live up to the image we created… Dipika has a lot of energy and ideas, and you never know where the conversation with her is going to end up. Which is good! Fabien Vauthey, Fearless Dinosaur, 2023

Thrilled to share that I had the privilege of being featured in the latest issue of S P A C E by Dipika Kohli 🌐📖. In the Q&A titled ‘People Operations,’ I dive into my professional journey, starting from my first ever job to my current role as Country HR Manager at the Wildlife Conservation Society. 🐘 🦁 🦍🦓🌿Dipika’s thoughtful questions led to discussions on recent trends in HR… I highly recommend exploring the entire S P A C E zine series for more intriguing conversations and diverse perspectives. Dipika’s work is truly one-of-a-kind! 🌌🚀 Chukwuemeka Chukwu, posted on LinkedIn


What happens when two complete strangers from different backgrounds and walks of life agree to sit and chat over coffee, beyond the usual exchange of views and perspectives? An opportunity for collaboration? Certainly possible, but for a first meet, most implausible and quite improbable. Yet, our conversation evolved into an interest to explore working together on a project of mutual interest. In Dipika Kohli :: Atelier S P A C E’s words, it was a ‘An Ecology of the Moment’ – a discovery in the heart of it; S P A C E inquires, S P A C E quests. What followed was a culmination in this candid interview piece entitled “If we don’t know each other”. Michael Tan, posted on LinkedIn


What you said is beautiful… I hope more people find and read your magazine. C, S P A C E, 2023


I want to support you to keep making things. I will give money to your campaign. N, S P A C E, 2023


You’re asking the right questions. M, S P A C E, 2023


Dipika has an incredible way of helping analytical and logical teams (or individuals) tap into their creative sides and think outside the box. Working with one of our teams, she helped us define our marketing plan to include more emotional elements, rather than purely rational ones. Overall, I would highly recommend hiring Dipika if you struggle with accessing creative/emotional ideas or are just generally stuck in mental rut. She is fantastic! Jay Mebane, Review at LinkedIn, 2023


This sounds really good. Nice job with music and edits. Samir Shukla, Conversations interview ‘Making a Magazine’, 2023


This is good work. F, Identity Design, 2023


So artistic and creative. S, Conversations, 2023


Dipika provided the ‘Time for Us’ service for my team at Kawsang. Beyond the ordinary team-building activities we used to engage in, Dipika did an outstanding job introducing innovative methodologies that allowed our team to set aside our work roles. She created a safe space in which our team felt comfortable sharing and connecting with one another about our pst experiences, families, and what each of us cares about. Our team now sees each other as more than just colleagues. We understand each other better and have grown in our respect and appreciation for each other even more. Channé Suy Lan Review at LinkedIn, 2023


The really wonderful thing about working with Dipika is how deeply engaged she is. From our first meeting, it was apparent how focused she was on absorbing my team’s story and all the little details that made us who we were. Lots of thoughtful questions and some terrific insights – my partners and I learned more about our own team than we thought we knew. I’m very grateful that we met and have stayed in touch all these years.


We really like your project ideas, creativity, and approaches.  V, Conversations in Phnom Penh, 2023


You are such a beautiful writer. D, In response to a post at Kismuth’s blog, 2023


I find myself thinking of things you said during our talks… I love learning about where you are and how you got there… I read about your search for people who are resilient, although these days it is YOU that inspires me and your resilience to go with the flow in the face of obstacles. R, Conversations with The Past, 2023


You were going to be… a great philosopherM, Conversations with The Past, 2023


Visionary… and brave-hearted. B, Conversations with The Past, 2023


I want to thank you for taking your time to talk to me about work, life, and death. I appreciate our phone conversation as well as our email exchanges. I wish you all the best with everything you do and I hope we will cross paths in the future. DT, An interview in S P A C E, 2023


You seem so… comfortable! In Cambodia… I’m glad we had this conversation. P, The Third Place, 2023


[In college,] you were really impressive. W, Conversations with The Past, 2023


You were… looking forward to living and experiencing just about everything. And I know you went on to experience so much, learn so much, live so much. R, Conversations with The Past, 2023


No. Not everyone can get people talking the way you can. That is one of your geniuses. J, Conversations with The Past, 2023


I’m happy to learn you are exploring ways to publish new work. Your writing is extraordinary.  L, Kismuth Books Collaborations, 2022


You’ve got style! —S,  Autumn Leaves | Phnom Penh, 2022


I like your facilitation. —F, The Third Place | Phnom Penh, 2022


Thank you so much. I really appreciate it and I’m so happy when talking with you. I got a smile while reading the thank-you letter from my team. Thank you again, Dipika:) S, Time For Us | Phnom Penh, 2022


Thank you for a great event. See you next time. —P, The Third Place | Phnom Penh, 2022


Thank you. —K, Balance | Virtual, 2022


What you make looks simple, but it’s not simple at all. —KY, Atelier S P A C E | Tokyo, 2021


You, more than anybody else I know, are true to who you really are. —J, The Book of Feelings, Virtual, 2020


It’s simple, but very beautiful. —BV, Atelier S P A C E | Ho Chi Minh City, 2020


You are an amazing writer so I’m glad that you’re keeping writing, sharing with so many around the world and inspiring others with your innovative ideas and ways of thinking differently. —D, ‘Expanding Windows’, Dalat, Vietnam, 2020


Thank you for coming to Latvia and trying to get us to talk to each other… I hope you’ll come back next year. —S, Atelier S P A C E | Riga, Latvia, 2019


Thanks for your nicely done S P A C E I enjoy it every time!!! —IB, Atelier S P A C E | Riga, 2019


Edifying… You changed the way I think. —SJ, Atelier S P A C E | Hanoi, 2019


Meeting you was a highlight of my trip. —GS, Atelier S P A C E | Riga, 2019


I’m still thinking of that conversation from four years ago. That’s why I came to this one. I knew if you were doing it, it was going to be interesting. —GC, S P A C E | Bangkok, ‘Miniparty’, 2019


I haven’t felt like this, creatively, just… yeah! For… years!!… Thank you. —R, Atelier S P A C E, Vrútky, Slovakia, 2019


You’ve definitely helped me to recognize my need for the real in both my work and play. I’m very grateful to you for that. —MD, Atelier S P A C E | Phnom Penh, 2019


I really enjoyed our conversations and am so glad I met you when I did… I loved getting to chat with someone who was so knowledgeable and interesting. —AH, Atelier S P A C E | Riga, 2019


I read your book two times. I think I understood almost everything. I mean words, your feelings, it was easy to feel and understand.  —T,  Atelier S P A CE | Kärsämäki, 2018

Thank you for the opportunity. —F, The Mirror, Virtual, 2018

You want people to think. —JE, Atelier S P A C E | Kärsämäki, Finland, 2018


You’re a catalyst for conversations. People might not know where those conversations go, or what new relationships with new people could develop, but you start them. You make the space. You show up. —DM, The Mirror, Virtual, 2018


You’re one of those rare, genuine and committed individuals who creates unforgettable experiences. —SC, Slow Moment, Virtual, 2018


You stirred something in me that has not moved for a very long time. —PH, Atelier S P A C E | Kärsämäki, Finland, 2018


My mind is, after this conversation, blank. Like, zero. And I mean that in the best possible way. —M, Atelier S P A C E | Phnom Penh, 2017


Astonished… –BH, The Cojournal Project, Virtual, 2017


I love the space you are creating and holding around the world for deep thought and unusual connection. —KA, Kismuth Collaborations, Virtual, 2017


I marvel at all the amazing ideas you come up with — AND bring to life! —SY, Atelier S P A C E | Hanoi, 2017


This reads like a work of philosophy. – J, on Breakfast in Cambodia (Kismuth Books / 2016), Virtual, 2016


I loved [Kanishka], Dipika. You and I are different in many ways. I am not sure we would fully agree on what and where we are. But we are also are the same. I really connected with Kanishka. Life, to me, is also all about connections among all of us, but also connections we make in our mind among events and happenstance, and the things we learn from their resonance. I’ve never had an experience anything like what you had when you lost Jaya, but I could feel it, and how it shaped the way you connect with the world, and how you connect it all in your consciousness. I really, really like your epilogue. Thanks… —former Raleigh News & Observer Editor Eric Frederick on Goodreads review of Kanishka, (Kismuth Books / 2015), 2015


Weird and intriguing. —D, Hello August | Phnom Penh, 2015


The way the event was organised was well thought through; from the personal invitation, individually crafted official invitations, creative activities which with facilitated conversation beyond the usual ‘who are you?’ and ‘what do you do?’… When we met, it was like we didn’t have a long awkward get-to-know-you phase, it was easy to chat and talk about less usual things. I met many interesting people that night. I now have friendships with people in Phnom Penh from ‘N’, after all a friendship is formed by first talking with someone, and then talking with them again.SR, ‘N’ | Phnom Penh, 2014


You, for sure, have a way with words. —MT,  S P A C E | Palo Alto, 2014


My writerly friends (those who do so publicly and privately), I’ve been participating in Dipika Kohli’s cojournal project since just before the new year (2014). It’s a unique project and it’s pretty special. If you’ve been looking for some structure or accountability in your writing – and supportive community in very small groups, this could be for you. dipika is a compassionate leader and offers some accessible assignments that are helping to shift my writing lens. I love it. —MH, Cojournal Project, Virtual, 2014


You are a real artist. I think you should pursue that seriously. —C,  S P A C E | Palo Alto, 2014


I am writing because I wanted to thank you all for sharing ideas and memoirs, I am very much impressed and really enjoyed the workshop [SELF]. I’ve been working on my writing, and finished one short story which I feel so happy after I finished writing it (it’s in Thai.) I’m working on its English version pretty soon and will send to you all for the feedback. Bottom line is, I’m happy to let you know that I’ve somehow overcome my fear of writing, though there’re times when I got stuck with the stories, get distracted, or feel like it’s not good enough – if it was before, I was just going to give up. now, I feel it challenged me and I find writing more enjoyable. Most importantly, I feel like my writing is getting better, too. –JL, SELF, Bangkok, 2014


Refreshingly honest! —O, Origin | Phnom Penh 2014


She’s a creative genius. —C, ‘N’ Phnom Penh, 2014


You are creating the theaters that Phnom Penh doesn’t have. —VW, ‘N’ Phnom Penh, 2014


I look forward greatly to reading anything by this Kamal di punjabi kurri. Please support her extraordinary journey through life and be rewarded!! —Poonam Singh, Preetlarhi Magazine, Chandigarh 2013


Dipika is a[n] author who clearly has been writing for years. Her ability to illustrate a particular moment, object, or emotion is amazing. Her writing style is different than what I am accustomed to reading. It’s almost poetic. As the reader you can expect to gain insight into the mind, heart and soul of a Woman who lives life passionately and purposely. Also, Dipika does a nice job at outlining the good and not so pretty reality of what it means to defy cultural norms.—Anonymous, on The Elopement, Review at Amazon, 2012


Somehow, Dipika folds you into her head and her world with ease, even in the most difficult of situations. Anyone who has ever judged another person in the throes of a difficult situation should read this book. She reminds us all of our humanity, and how easy it is to underestimate another’s pain with a beautiful description of a complicated time. Wonderful writing, vivid scene setting of the place. I was strapped in once the pregnancy began and barely came up for air.’ —Anne, a Kindle review on The Dive (Kismuth Books / 2012) 


What comes through the most is the personality of the author and truly feeling her perspective as she goes through this collage of beautiful and heartwarming(-breaking) incidents. The somewhat conversational style and the painterly touches of language really enrich what is already a non-traditional story of this type. The artistry of the language is matched only by the truthfulness to the emotional journey the author has been through. If you’re a fan of good travel writing, poetic prose, and personal essays/memoir of the type where the aesthetics of a scene are just as important as its recitation of events and their details, then you’ll love this book. Like me you’ll find yourself wishing to visit Ireland, India, and Japan all at once, if only to see your familiar spaces in a new light when you return home. I’m really looking forward to the next one! —Tim S., on a Kindle review of The Elopement (Kismuth Books /2012)


And while it might be possible to create one’s own destiny, the lesson we can learn from this book is that it is folly to try to create someone else’s.’ —Kate Allison, The Displaced NationRead the full review of The Elopement, 2012


Meaning is not manufactured. It is experienced. Dipika Kohli has lived these words. —Aaron Mandel, Clarion Content. Read the full review of The Elopement, 2012


‘Ah, the wonders of the Sharpie. Such a simple instrument, yet so many possibilities, especially in the hands of Dipika Kohli. Kohli has a witty, abbreviated sensibility perfectly in tune with her medium of choice. With it she silhouettes the world, at least the world as seen from one’s own front door, both facing in and facing out.

‘Rooftops, papers on a desk, the corner of an apartment, an array of objects, a spoken phrase, a bunch of flowers—all find bold and punchy expression through Kohli’s simple black marker line drawings. What takes these catchy pictures further than mere amiableness are the kinds of subtle twists most apparent in Kohli’s zines, where she displays a wry sense of her own field and life. Made primarily from cut-up glossy magazine pages, these collage books are both funny and critical, diaristic and transparent. One even shows marker lines atop found images, revealing the source and process of her own style. How this all translates into hired work for her graphic design clients I have no idea, but I suspect it translates just fine—in our world of irony upon irony, self-reflexivity and critical consumerism can now be used to sell everything from iPods to iGO car shares.  Chicago Tribune art critic Lori Waxman. See it in context at 60wrdmin.org, here.


I think [design thinking] is a valuable skill for anyone to have because the process is about creating innovative solutions… Hearing and then seeing the work of someone who does this every day was an incredible opportunity… Curiosity is encouraged! A student at Dipika Kohli’s seminar on Design Thinking at UNC-Chapel Hill , Chapel Hill NC, 2011