What’s the most famous address in the world? Perhaps the one most people remember (other than their own, of course) is 221B Baker Street, the home of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes, though it is fictitious. That’s the power of fiction.
While Narayan and Bond will always remain evergreen, a host of new authors are now revisiting small towns through their writing. Anjum Hasan explores Shillong in Neti Neti, Sarita Mandanna wanders through the coffee plantations of Coorg in Tiger Hills. Many of these authors — a majority of whom are first-timers — admit that it’s easier to base their stories on familiar ground. And where better to start than home?
Mandanna feels it’s all about writing about a place that one can best relate to. “I chose Coorg because it is visually appealing and since I was born and brought up there, I could visualise it really well. Tiger Hills is like an ode to Coorg, my hometown in every sense. When you first write, you always write about something that is close to your heart.”
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