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Reshap'd Pradesh

8 November, 2016

In a few weeks I'll be touring India with Wordburger, a non-vegan book for non-Hindi readers who can't get enough of quirky wordplay. Hence the blog has been a tad quiet as I cram to finish my 2nd manuscript inside 3 months. Crazy, hazy days of hay-fever November...

Anyhow, just to keep your clue-pecs toned, here's a shortlist of 15 Indian states and territories. Some delectable names for you to mould in any shape or mode, with no call for a definition unless that benefits the clue's flow. 

Jump in. The subcontinent awaits.

ANDHRA PRADESH

BIHAR

GUJARAT

HARYANA

KARNATAKA

KERALA

MAHARASHTRA

MANIPUR

MIZORAM

NAGALAND

ODISHA

SIKKIM

TAMIL NADU

TRIPUNA

WEST BENGAL

Get it India!

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