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Monsoon Memories

Monsoon Memories

Author(s): Renita D'Silva

Location(s): Bangalore, Harrow, Udupi

Genre(s): Fiction



Exiled from her family in India for more than a decade, Shirin and her husband lead a comfortable but empty life in London. Memories of her childhood – exotic fragrances, colours, stifling heat and tropical storms – fill Shirin with a familiar and growing ache for the land and the people that she loves. With the recollections though, come dark clouds of scandal and secrets. Secrets that forced her to flee her old life and keep her from ever returning.

Thousands of miles away, in Bangalore, the daughter of Shirin’s brother discovers a lost, forgotten photograph. One that has escaped the flames. Determined to solve the mystery of an aunt she never knew, Reena’s efforts will set in place a chain of events that expose the painful trauma of the past and irrevocably change the path of the future.

Monsoon Memories the locations alternate between Harrow in London, Bangalore and the fictional village of Taipur which I based on Kallianpur, hear Udupi (the author). 

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Shirin and her husband Vinod live in London, they are estranged from their family and Shirin suffers nightmares, but what is the reason… a family photo back in India raises questions… The colour and...

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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