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Shantaram

Shantaram
  • Author(s): Gregory David Roberts
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century

The story of Lin, his travels, trials, the dilemmas he faces and relationships he builds with individuals as he moves through the slums of Mumbai (with a side trip to Afghanistan)- a truly enthralling and captivating book.

A Bad Character

A Bad Character
  • Author(s): Deepti Kapoor
  • Location(s): Delhi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

My boyfriend died when I was twenty-one. His body was left lying broken in the highway out of Delhi while the sun rose in the desert to the east. I wasn’t there, I never saw it. But plenty of...

A Free Man

A Free Man
  • Author(s): Aman Sethi
  • Location(s): Delhi
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Every morning in Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in Delhi, a gang of men gather looking for work in the building trade. For five years, Aman Sethi shared their lives, and in particular that of Mohammed Ashraf....

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...

Are You Experienced?

Are You Experienced?
  • Author(s): William Sutcliffe
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Turn of 21st Century

For anyone with the slightest curiosity about travelling, or even if you’ve been, William Sutcliffe’s tremendously funny Are You Experienced? will have you in stitches. The protagonist is Dave, a 19-year-old Londoner on a gap year before starting university....

Calcutta: Two Years in the City

Calcutta: Two Years in the City
  • Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2009-2011

In 1999, Amit Chaudhuri moved back to Calcutta, the city in which he was born. It was a place he had loved in his youth and the place he had made his name writing about. But upon his return...

Chasing the Monsoon

Chasing the Monsoon
  • Author(s): Alexander Frater
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1987

Mainly set in India. On 20th May the Indian summer monsoon will begin to envelop the country in two great wet arms, one coming from the east, the other from the west. They are united over central India around...

Death in the East

Death in the East
  • Author(s): Abir Mukherjee
  • Location(s): Assam, Kolkata (Calcutta), London
  • Genre(s): Crime, Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920s India. 1905, London. As a young constable, Sam Wyndham is on his usual East London beat when...

Do Not Wash Hands In Plates

Do Not Wash Hands In Plates
  • Author(s): Barb Taub
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Humour
  • Era(s): Contemporary

This is the story of three women eating our way across India in search of adventure, elephants, temples, palaces, western toilets, monkeys, the perfect paratha…and the kindness of Indian strangers. Despite blizzards, canceled flights, de-icing delays, and an adjacent...

East of the Sun

East of the Sun
  • Author(s): Julia Gregson
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Late 1920s

Autumn 1928. Three young women are on their way to India, each with a new life in mind. Rose, a beautiful but naive bride-to-be, is anxious about leaving her family and marrying a man she hardly knows. Victoria, her...

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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