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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 Madras Miasma

A Madras Miasma
  • Author(s): Brian Stoddart
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1920s

Madras in the 1920s. The British are slowly losing the grip on the subcontinent. The end of the colonial enterprise is in sight and the city on India’s east coast is teeming with intrigue. A grisly murder takes place...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Om Shanti, Babe

Om Shanti, Babe
  • Author(s): Helen Limon
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult
  • Era(s): Modern

Cassia can’t wait for her first visit to India – Bollywood glamour, new friends to admire her uber-cool street-dance moves…. But as she steps into real Indian life, NOTHING is as she expected… Cass is with her mum in...

The Coffer Dams

The Coffer Dams
  • Author(s): Kamala Markandaya
  • Location(s): South India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Clinton, founder and head of a firm of international engineers,arrives in India to build a dam, bringing with him his young wife, Helen, and a strong team of aides and skilled men. They are faced with a formidable challenge,...

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 God of Small Things

The God of Small Things
  • Author(s): Arundhati Roy
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

This is the story of Rahel and Estha, twins growing up among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother’s factory, and amid scenes of political turbulence in Kerala. Armed only with the innocence of youth, they fashion...

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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