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The Half Mother

The Half Mother
  • Author(s): Shahnaz Bashir
  • Location(s): Kashmir
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

‘The night is tired now, the old moon, hanging in the dark sky, is tired too’ It is the 1990s, and Kashmir’s long war has begun to claim its first victims. Among them are Ghulam Rasool Joo, Haleema’s father,...

The Book of Gold Leaves

The Book of Gold Leaves
  • Author(s): Mirza Waheed
  • Location(s): Kashmir, Srinagar
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Mirza Waheed’s extraordinary new novel The Book of Gold Leaves is a heartbreaking love story set in war-torn Kashmir. In an ancient house in the city of Srinagar, Faiz paints exquisite Papier Mache pencil boxes for tourists. Evening is beginning to...

The Kashmir Shawl

The Kashmir Shawl
  • Author(s): Rosie Thomas
  • Location(s): Ladakh, Srinagar
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s onwards

An epic story of wartime, family secrets and forbidden love, set against the stunning exotic backdrop of 1940s Kashmir. Within one exotic land lie the secrets of a lifetime… Newlywed Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales for the first time...

The Road Back

The Road Back
  • Author(s): Liz Harris
  • Location(s): Ladakh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

When Patricia accompanies her father, Major George Carstairs, on a trip to Ladakh, north of the Himalayas, in the early 1960s, she sees it as a chance to finally win his love. What she could never have foreseen is...

Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir

Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir
  • Author(s): Basharat Peer
  • Location(s): Kashmir
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 1980s

“Curfewed Night” is a brave and unforgettable piece of literary reporting that reveals the personal stories behind one of the most brutal conflicts in modern times. Since 1989, when the separatist movement exploded, more than seventy thousand people have...

Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits

Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits
  • Author(s): Rahul Pandita
  • Location(s): Kashmir
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1990s

Rahul Pandita was fourteen years old in 1990 when he was forced to leave his home in Srinagar along with his family, who were Kashmiri Pandits: the Hindu minority within a Muslim majority Kashmir that was becoming increasingly agitated...

Postcards from Ladakh

Postcards from Ladakh
  • Author(s): Ajay Jain
  • Location(s): Ladakh
  • Genre(s): Humour, Travelogue
  • Era(s): c. 2009

Ladakh, circa 2009 You never have a sense of déjà vu in Ladakh. No place looks the same again. No moment repeats itself here. There is always something new to discover about the land and its people. Birds and...

Red Maize

Red Maize
  • Author(s): Danesh Rana
  • Location(s): India, Jammu
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In the village of Morha Madana, overlooking the Chenab, the joys of harvesting ripe maize get sullied when, one summer,gun-toting militants of the tanzeem start swarming the hills. As the militants fight in the name of azadi, the villagerslives...

Tears of Jhelum

Tears of Jhelum
  • Author(s): Anita Krishan
  • Location(s): Kashmir
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 90s

Kashmir has long seen years of strife and turmoil, and Wali Mohammad Khan has been a silent witness to it all.The violence that terrorism unleashed in the valley was every bit as senseless as the men who propagated it...

The Collaborator

The Collaborator
  • Author(s): Mirza Waheed
  • Location(s): Kashmir
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

This book shines a light on the often forgotten Kashmiri conflict through the eyes of a teenage boy who grows up in the remote village of Nowgam on the disputed Line of Control.

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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