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A House called Askival

A House called Askival
  • Author(s): Merryn Glover
  • Location(s): Mussoorie
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Partition to modern

James Connor is a man who, burdened with guilt following a tragic event in his youth, has dedicated his life to serving India. Ruth Connor is his estranged daughter who, as a teenager, always knew she came second to...

A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home
  • Author(s): Saroo Brierley
  • Location(s): Tasmania, India, Melbourne
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 20th/Early 21st Century

As a five-year old in India, I got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, I crossed the world to find my way back home. Five-year-old Saroo lived in a poor village in India, in a one-room hut with...

An Unrestored Woman

An Unrestored Woman
  • Author(s): Shobha Rao
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Post 1947

In An Unrestored Woman, the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 cuts a jagged path through the lives of ordinary women and men, leaving ripples of sorrow through time and space. Each couplet of stories spans the Indian subcontinent,...

Bad Day at the Vulture Club

Bad Day at the Vulture Club
  • Author(s): Vaseem Khan
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When a Parsi heiress approaches Inspector Chopra about her father’s death that the police dismissed as a random killing, Chopra feels uneasy at first at entering the world of power and privilege but is soon plagued by doubts about...

Before the Rains

Before the Rains
  • Author(s): Dinah Jefferies
  • Location(s): Rajasthan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for...

Belonging

Belonging
  • Author(s): Umi Sinha
  • Location(s): India, Sussex
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 19th Century to early 1920s

Lila Langdon is twelve years old when she witnesses a family tragedy after her mother unveils her father’s surprise birthday present – a tragedy that ends her childhood in India and precipitates a new life in Sussex with her...

Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity

Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity
  • Author(s): Sam Miller
  • Location(s): Delhi
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

The author trips up over rough pavements, crosses highways, clambers onto rooftops and over 500-million-year-old rocks as he brings this city to life in the pages of his book.

Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens
  • Author(s): Louise Brown
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

Eden Gardens, Calcutta, the 1940s. In a ramshackle house, streets away from the grand colonial mansions of the British, live Maisy, her Mam and their ayah, Pushpa. Whiskey-fuelled and poverty-stricken, Mam entertains officers in the night – a disgrace...

Indian Nocturne

Indian Nocturne
  • Author(s): Antonio Tabucchi
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

“Insomnia” and a “search for a shadow”. Perhaps a dream as he meets and engages with a wonderful array of personalities during his wanderings. His search takes him to a brothel in Bombay, to the Theosophical Society in Madras,...

Nectar in a Sieve

Nectar in a Sieve
  • Author(s): Kamala Markandaya
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Fiction

‘Sometimes we eat and sometimes we starve. We live by our labours from one harvest to the next, there is no certain telling whether we shall be able to feed ourselves and our children, and if bad times are...

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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