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Varanasi

Varanasi
  • Author(s): Jae Watson
  • Location(s): Varanasi
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Following the break-up of her relationship and unsure of her life’s direction, Marianne leaves a London still reverberating from the terrorist bombings to travel for a year with the mysterious and beautiful Sara. However, deep into the heart of...

Living Banaras: Hindu Religion in Cultural Context

Living Banaras: Hindu Religion in Cultural Context
  • Author(s): Bradley R Hertel, Cynthia Ann Humes
  • Location(s): Varanasi
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

By focusing on contemporary popular religious traditions, the book represents a substantial contribution to the study of modern religious practices in Banaras, holy city of India. This book offers in-depth, ethnographic views of many contemporary popular religious practices that...

Kaleidoscope City: A Year in Varanasi

Kaleidoscope City: A Year in Varanasi
  • Author(s): Piers Moore Ede
  • Location(s): Varanasi
  • Genre(s): Travelogue, Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Piers Moore Ede first fell in love with Varanasi when he passed through it on his way to Nepal. In the decade that followed, it continued to exert its pull on him and so he returned there to live...

The White Shadow

The White Shadow
  • Author(s): Mona Verma
  • Location(s): Varanasi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

THE WHITE SHADOWS, the forlorn child widows in Banaras, Brinda and Debi, fight a valiant battle against the acrimonious oddities of the society they are ostracised from and their own desires. Sia and Uday visit Banaras, the most ancient...

The Ascetic of Desire

The Ascetic of Desire
  • Author(s): Sudhir Kakar
  • Location(s): Varanasi
  • Genre(s): Biography, Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 400 BCE–200 CE

The Kama Sutra is the most widely read treatise on sex ever written, though the man who chronicled all there was to experience between men and women remains, for the most part, a mystery. In The Ascetic of Desire,...

Sister India

Sister India
  • Author(s): Peggy Payne
  • Location(s): Varanasi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

The exotic and suspenseful New York Times Notable Book that tells the story of an eccentric guest-house keeper in Varanasi, India, and the passions evoked by her sacred city along the Ganges The Lonely Planet recommends the Saraswati Guest House,...

The Butcher of Benares

The Butcher of Benares
  • Author(s): Jakhar Mahendra
  • Location(s): Varanasi
  • Era(s): early 2000s

The shocking and brutal murder of a young American woman rips apart the peace of the ancient city of Benares. She is found to be a research scientist working with the Vatican Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research...

River of Gods

River of Gods
  • Author(s): Ian McDonald
  • Location(s): Varanasi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2047

As Mother India approaches her centenary, nine people are going about their business a gangster, a cop, his wife, a politician, a stand-up comic, a set designer, a journalist, a scientist, and a dropout. And so is Aj the...

Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition

Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition
  • Author(s): Chetan Bhagat
  • Location(s): Varanasi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Once upon a time, in small-town India, there lived two intelligent boys. One wanted to use his intelligence to make money. One wanted to use his intelligence to create a revolution. The problem was, they both loved the same...

Bye, Bye, Motabhai!

Bye, Bye, Motabhai!
  • Author(s): Kala Sambasivan, Ambika Sambasivan (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Ahmedabad, West India
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Do you ever think of your future – dream about becoming an astronaut, a surgeon or a wildlife photographer? What if animals too have such ambitions? What if a rhesus monkey wishes to be a school bus driver or...

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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