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A Sister’s Promise

A Sister’s Promise
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Udupi, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Two sisters. Bound by blood. Torn apart by love. My sister – the glue that held our family together and the gatekeeper to the memories of our shared childhood. The girl I made a pact with – to protect...

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...

The Forgotten Daughter

The Forgotten Daughter
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Udupi, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

‘You were adopted’. Three simple words, in a letter accompanying her parent’s will, tear Nisha’s carefully ordered world apart. Raised in England, by her caring but emotionally reserved parents, Nisha has never been one to take risks. Now, with...

The Stolen Girl

The Stolen Girl
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Bangalore, London, Udupi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

‘Your mother has been arrested. She stole you.’ For as long as thirteen-year-old Diya can remember, it’s always been just her and her mum, Vani. Despite never staying in one place long enough to call it home, with her...

A Cut-Like Wound

A Cut-Like Wound
  • Author(s): Anita Nair
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

It’s the first day of Ramadan in heat-soaked Bangalore. A young man begins to dress: makeup, a sari and expensive pearl earrings. He is transformed into Bhuvana. She is a hijra, a transgender seeking love in the bazaars of...

A People’s History of Heaven

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...

And Laughter Fell from the Sky

And Laughter Fell from the Sky
  • Author(s): Jyotsna Sreenivasan
  • Location(s): Bangalore, Ohio, Portland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Still living at home despite a good career and financial independence, beautiful and sophisticated Rasika has always been the dutiful daughter. With her twenty-sixth birthday fast approaching, she agrees to an arranged marriage, all while trying to hide from...

The Hope Factory

The Hope Factory
  • Author(s): Lavanya Sankaran
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Fiction

Two families. One city. Too many secrets Anand is a Bangalore success story: successful, well-married, rich. At least, that’s how he appears. But if his little factory is to grow, he needs land and money and, in the New...

These Foolish Things

These Foolish Things
  • Author(s): Deborah Moggach
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

This is the same book as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A very funny book about a retirement home in Bangalore, peopled by quirky British pensioners.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Author(s): Deborah Moggach
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In the original this is These Foolish Things (which also features on the TF site) A very funny book about a retirement home in Bangalore, peopled by quirky British pensioners.

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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