This post was originally published on 15 November 2015.
The 34th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) which concluded yesterday was one of its most successful editions, with the Indian community being a decisive factor in its success.
Among publishers from 64 countries, India had the top number with 112 publishers. The lead was not only in terms of publishers, but also in the number of visitors, authors and literary events.
The majority of the publishers were from Kerala, with all major Malayalam publishing houses setting up their stalls.
Malayalam movie stars hit the fair
A crowd of over 2,500 people packed the book fair’s mammoth ballroom on Thursday to see Malayalam movie stars Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy Menon.
Basking in the success of their latest on screen pairing in Ennu Ninte Moideen (Yours Truly, Moideen), the couple were joined by filmmaker R S Vimal for the launch of the film’s screenplay, which is now available for purchase.
One of the biggest hits this year, Ennu Ninte Moideen narrates the real-life romance of two star-crossed lovers: Moideen, a Muslim, and Kanchanamala, a Hindu, with beautiful Kerala providing the picturesque backdrop.
UAE-based debutant author Shemi’s autobiographical novel ‘Nadavazhiyile Nerukal’ received a surprising welcome.
The initial 1,000 copies of the book were sold out in the first three days and the publisher had to print a second edition before the book fair ended.
The book tells the touching tale of hardships faced by a girl who grew up on the streets, but pursued her studies. Shemi, a nurse by profession, has offered the royalty of the book to the children on streets.
Sudha Murthy shares teaching tips
One of India’s most celebrated entrepreneurs, Indian author and philanthropist Sudha Murthy spoke to students and visitors in a session titled “An Evening with Sudha Murthy” at the 34th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair” taking place at the Expo Centre from 4-14 November.
Sudha Murthy is the chairperson to Infosys Foundation, a non-profit organisation that seeks to support under-privileged sectors of society, particularly in education, healthcare and rural development. She is also an engineer and social worker, but a lesser known role of hers is that of a computer science teacher.
Indian English writers such as Chetan Bhagat, Amitav Ghosh and Shashi Tharoor also received a good reception at the fair.
According to sources, this year’s fair, which lasted 11 days, witnessed more than 60 book releases, and most of them were Indian books.