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The Mountain Shadow

The Mountain Shadow
  • Author(s): Gregory David Roberts
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Shantaram introduced millions of readers to a cast of unforgettable characters through Lin, an Australian fugitive, working as a passport forger for a branch of the Bombay mafia. In The Mountain Shadow, the long-awaited sequel, Lin must find his way in...

A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance
  • Author(s): Rohinton Mistry
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

Compassionate realism and narrative are vividly captured in this masterpiece. It is 1975 and India is in a state of flux, the location is an unnamed city by the sea – actually Mumbai. A state of emergency has just...

Last Man in Tower

Last Man in Tower
  • Author(s): Aravind Adiga
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

21st Century Mumbai is a city of new money and soaring real estate, and property kingpin Dharmen Shah has grand plans for its future. His offer to buy and tear down a weathered tower block, making way for luxury...

Serious Men

Serious Men
  • Author(s): Manu Jospeh
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

Ayyan Mani is a man born to greater things, which wouldn’t surprise his neighbours in the vast tenement building in which he lives, where to be sober and employed practically makes a man a legend. He works as an...

Tulip Season

Tulip Season
  • Author(s): Bharti Kirchner
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay), Seattle
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Kareena Sinha, an Indian-American domestic-violence counselor, disappears from her Seattle home. When the police dismiss suspicions that she herself was a victim of spousal abuse, her best friend, Mitra Basu, a young landscape designer, resolves to find her. Mitra’s...

A Daughter’s Courage

A Daughter’s Courage
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): South India, Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s, Now

1929. When a passionate love affair threatens to leave Lucy in disgrace, she chooses a respectable marriage over a life of shame. With her husband, coffee-plantation-owner James, she travels to her new home in India, leaving her troubled past...

A Distant Heart

A Distant Heart
  • Author(s): Sonali Dev
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love...

A Son Of The Circus

A Son Of The Circus
  • Author(s): John Irving
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Biography, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

‘The doctor was fated to go back to Bombay; he would keep returning again and again – if not forever, at least for as long as there were dwarves in the circus.’ Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to...

Bombay Bhel

Bombay Bhel
  • Author(s): Ken Doyle
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

A schoolboy’s loyalty to a street vendor is tested when the vendor disappears without notice. A grandmother prepares to begin a new chapter in her life. Bombay’s tangled web of bureaucracy threatens the livelihood of an ex-serviceman. Like the...

Bombay Wali Other Stories

Bombay Wali Other Stories
  • Author(s): Veela Gokhale
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Twelve stories that provide startling glimpses of contemporary life in Bombay, and elsewhere. An innocuous jazz concert that awakens painful memories for a middle-aged caregiver, a wealthy business woman compelled by the desire to hurt her best friend, 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