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The Association of Small Bombs

The Association of Small Bombs
  • Author(s): Karan Mahajan
  • Location(s): Delhi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Lae 20th Century

On a hot May day in 1996 a car bomb detonates in a Delhi marketplace. Just a ‘small’ bomb, but it is fatal for two Khurana school boys. Their friend Mansoor survives the blast bearing the physical and psychological...

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 Last Queen Of India

The Last Queen Of India
  • Author(s): Michelle Moran
  • Location(s): Jhansi
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 19th Century

At nineteen years old, Sita is the shining star of Queen Lakshmi of India’s imperial guard, having pledged herself to a life of celibacy in the name of protecting the young ruler. When Sita agrees to train Lakshmi in...

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star: Baby Ganesh Agency Book 3

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star: Baby Ganesh Agency Book 3
  • Author(s): Vaseem Khan
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel sees Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigating the dark side of Bollywood. Mumbai thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger-than-life characters. But even in the city of dreams, there is no guarantee...

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
  • Author(s): Vaseem Khan
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce. On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra discovers that he has inherited an elephant: an unlikely gift...

The War Child

The War Child
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): England, India
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1914 - 1995

“Her mother cradled Clara tightly as they crouched under the table in the basement. As the house started to shake, she took off her silver necklace and with fumbling fingers fastened it around her daughter’s little neck. There was...

The Widows of Malabar Hill

The Widows of Malabar Hill
  • Author(s): Sujata Massey
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s

Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic...

Victory Colony, 1950

Victory Colony, 1950
  • Author(s): Bhaswati Ghosh
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): 1950

A novel set in Calcutta, shortly after the Partition of India. Along with other refugees from what is now Pakistan, a young woman makes her way to the teeming city of Calcutta and tries to adjust to a new...

The Overnight Palace

The Overnight Palace
  • Author(s): Janet Marie Sola
  • Location(s): Rajasthan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Set in India, “The Overnight Palace is a gorgeous and sensual novel, one that readers of all kinds are sure to find enchanting,” says San Francisco Book Review. In exotic Rajasthan, India, bookish Elena seeks the romance and transcendence...

Being Someone

Being Someone
  • Author(s): Adrian Harvey
  • Location(s): India, London, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Turn of the 20th century

Two stories interweave. The story of an elephant in Southern India and turn of the 21st London where a romance between a Londoner and a New Yorker is burgeoning. It is deft the way these two stories intertwine. The...

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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