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The Rules of Arrangement

The Rules of Arrangement
  • Author(s): Anisha Bhatia
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Current

Zoya Sahni has a great education, a fulfilling job and a loving family (for the most part). But she is not the perfect Indian girl. She’s overweight, spunky and dark-skinned in a world that prizes the slim, obedient and...

The Shadows of Men

The Shadows of Men
  • Author(s): Abir Mukherjee
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1920s

Wyndham and Banerjee Book 5   Calcutta, 1923. When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and...

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...

Mountain Tales: Love and Loss in the Municipality of Castaway Belongings

Mountain Tales: Love and Loss in the Municipality of Castaway Belongings
  • Author(s): Saumya Roy
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): N/A

All of Mumbai’s memories and castaway possessions come to die at the Deonar garbage mountains. And among these vast, teetering piles of discarded things – medical waste, rotten food, old clothes, broken glass and twisted metal – a small,...

A Son Of The Circus

A Son Of The Circus
  • Author(s): John Irving
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Biography, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

‘The doctor was fated to go back to Bombay; he would keep returning again and again – if not forever, at least for as long as there were dwarves in the circus.’ Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to...

Murder in Old Bombay

Murder in Old Bombay
  • Author(s): Nev March
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Crime, Historical
  • Era(s): Late 19th century

In 19th century Bombay, Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut. In 1892, Bombay is the centre of British India. Nearby, Captain Jim Agnihotri lies...

The Village by the Sea

The Village by the Sea
  • Author(s): Anita Desai
  • Location(s): South East Asia, Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): timeless

The Village by the Sea is a survival story by the novelist Anita Desai. Set in a small fishing villlage near Bombay, Lila and Hari, aged 13 and 12, struggle to keep the family, including two young sisters, going...

Midnight at Malabar House

Midnight at Malabar House
  • Author(s): Vaseem Khan
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1949/50

Bombay, New Year’s Eve, 1949 As India celebrates the arrival of a momentous new decade, Inspector Persis Wadia stands vigil in the basement of Malabar House, home to the city’s most unwanted unit of police officers. Six months after...

Schrödinger’s Cat May or May Not Have Been Here

Schrödinger’s Cat May or May Not Have Been Here
  • Author(s): Nilam A McGrath
  • Location(s): Mussoorie, Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Coming of Age
  • Era(s): late 1970s/early 1980s

What good is a superstitious scientist? For Krishna Kumar, what starts as a harmless superstition sparks a journey that no scientist could have predicted. Aged 12, Krishna is recognised as a child prodigy and gets a prestigious scholarship to...

The Color of Our Sky

The Color of Our Sky
  • Author(s): Amita Trasi
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever...

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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