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A People’s History of Heaven

Author(s): Mathangi Subramanian

Location(s): Bangalore

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Early 21st Century



Nestled between the luxury high-rise blocks of Bangalore is an ironically named slum called Heaven. It’s here that five girls – Muslim, Christian and Hindu; gay and straight – forge a binding friendship.

But when Heaven is threatened by government bulldozers, the girls must come together to save the home they’ve built from nothing.

Sparkling with passion and humour, A People’s History of Heaven is the story of these unforgettable young women and their determination, not only to survive, but to triumph in a city that would prefer to forget them.

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“In Bangalore, there is always someone worse off than you” It was serendipity. I had made plans to travel to South India, arriving in Bangalore (which is also known as Bengaluru, take your pick)...

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

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