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A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

Author(s): Rohinton Mistry

Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1970s



Compassionate realism and narrative are vividly captured in this masterpiece. It is 1975 and India is in a state of flux, the location is an unnamed city by the sea – actually Mumbai. A state of emergency has just been declared and the lives of three characters are thrown together – a spirited widow, and two tailors from a hill station – living in a tiny apartment with an uncertain future.

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What a brilliantly written book, couldn’t put it down and took my right into Indian culture at so many levels. Not quite sure which city it is theoretically set in. All the main characters...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021