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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...

The Hope Factory

The Hope Factory
  • Author(s): Lavanya Sankaran
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Fiction

Two families. One city. Too many secrets Anand is a Bangalore success story: successful, well-married, rich. At least, that’s how he appears. But if his little factory is to grow, he needs land and money and, in the New...

The Illicit Happiness of Other People

The Illicit Happiness of Other People
  • Author(s): Manu Jospeh
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Seventeen-year-old Unni has done something terrible. The only clue to his actions lies in a comic strip he has drawn, which has fallen into the hands of his father Ousep – a nocturnal anarchist with a wife who is...

The Last Devadasi

The Last Devadasi
  • Author(s): Barbara L Baer
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1970s

Madras (Chennai) 1970s. Kamala Kumari, beautiful and proud, is a Gemini Studio starlet who cannot reveal her caste origins because of the stigma attached to the Devadasis, women who have been dedicated to temple gods and often were forced...

The Last Hangman

The Last Hangman
  • Author(s): Shashi Warrier
  • Location(s): Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Travancore (until 1947)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

In the heat and the dust of the Indian south, the last hangman of the former princely state of Travancore commits his life to paper. In seven notebooks he remembers the people he has killed, calmly recalling the final...

The Pleasure Seekers

The Pleasure Seekers
  • Author(s): Tishani Doshi
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras), London
  • Era(s): 1960s onwards

August, 1968: Babo Patel arrives in London from Madras, with curly hair, jhill mill teeth and dreams of becoming a success. When he meets the beautiful, auburn-haired Siân Jones, he falls in love instantly. She, like him, is in...

The Tainted

The Tainted
  • Author(s): Cauvery Madhavan
  • Location(s): Tamil Nadu
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1922 to 1982

It’s spring 1920 in the small military town of Nandagiri in southeast India. Colonel Aylmer, commander of the Royal Irish Kildare Rangers, is in charge. A distance away, decently hidden from view, lies the native part of Nandagiri with...

These Foolish Things

These Foolish Things
  • Author(s): Deborah Moggach
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

This is the same book as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A very funny book about a retirement home in Bangalore, peopled by quirky British pensioners.

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 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Author(s): Deborah Moggach
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In the original this is These Foolish Things (which also features on the TF site) A very funny book about a retirement home in Bangalore, peopled by quirky British pensioners.

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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