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Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Behind The Beautiful Forevers
  • Author(s): Katherine Boo
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Annawadi is a slum at the edge of Mumbai Airport, in the shadow of shining new luxury hotels. Its residents are garbage recyclers, construction workers and economic migrants, all of them living in the hope that a small part...

Murder in Bollywood

Murder in Bollywood
  • Author(s): Shadaab Amjad Khan
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Someone at this table has killed before, and someone at this table will kill again. Nakhil Kapoor, Bollywood’s biggest film director, made this shocking proclamation to his friends one night. Sameer Ali Khan, Bollywood’s badshah, seethed with rage. Nyra...

Murder in Mumbai

Murder in Mumbai
  • Author(s): K D Calamur
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Mumbai, India: a city of beauty and squalor, old and new, wealth and poverty, honest work and deep corruption… and inevitable target of scandal and condemnation if Inspector Vijay Gaikwad doesn’t solve the murder of American businesswoman Liz Barton,...

Narcopolis

Narcopolis
  • Author(s): Jeet Thayil
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

If you were to write a story set in Bombay, as the poet Jeet Thayil prefers to call the city now known as Mumbai in his outstanding debut novel, you don’t have to work too hard. Much of it...

Saraswati Park

Saraswati Park
  • Author(s): Anjali Jospeh
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Famous for its electric chaos, the city of Bombay also accommodates pockets of calm. In one such space works Mohan, a contemplative man who has spent his life observing people from his seat as a letter-writer outside the main...

The City of Devi

The City of Devi
  • Author(s): Manil Suri
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Science Fiction/Future
  • Era(s): Modern

Armed only with a pomegranate, Sarita ventures into the empty streets of Mumbai, on the eve of its threatened nuclear annihilation. She is looking for her physicist husband Karun, who has been missing for over a fortnight. She is...

The Death of Mr Love

The Death of Mr Love
  • Author(s): Indra Sinha
  • Location(s): India, Lewes, Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1950s and 1990s

The central tenet is based on a murder case in 1950s Bombay, with tremendous descriptions of the Bombay underworld, its backstreets and community politics, together with scenes of rural India. The story of Bhalu as he remembers his idyllic...

The Death of Vishnu

The Death of Vishnu
  • Author(s): Manil Suri
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Vishnu, the odd-job man in a Bombay apartment block, lies dying on the staircase landing. Around him the lives of the apartment dwellers unfold – the warring housewives on the first floor, the lovesick teenagers on the second, and...

The Disappearance

The Disappearance
  • Author(s): Annabel Kantaria
  • Location(s): Cornwall, Greece, London, Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary looking back

Audrey Bailey will never forget the moment she met Ralph Templeton in the sweltering heat of a Bombay café. Her lonely life over, she was soon married with two small children. But things in the Templeton household were never...

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Author(s): Richard C Morais
  • Location(s): France, Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Food and Drink
  • Era(s): Modern

The Hundred-foot Journey is the story of Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai who embarks, along with his boisterous family, on a picaresque journey first to London and then across Europe, before they ultimately open a restaurant opposite a...

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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