SHARJAH, October 24, 2021 (WAM) – The upcoming Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2021), inaugurated on November 3 at Expo Center Sharjah, has announced an exciting literary presence from the Indian subcontinent, including award-winning authors , journalists and social media stars from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 14 famous authors from these three nations will be among the world figures who will lead a series of literary debates and discussions during the 11-day book fair organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA).
Amitav Ghosh, popular essayist and award-winning author of several contemporary classics including Sea of Poppies and The Calcutta Chromosome, joins SIBF 2021 from India. Other Indian writers include Ravinder Singh – publisher, content creator and author of several bestselling works that have sold over 3.5 million copies; Santhosh George Kulangara, publisher, entrepreneur and award-winning Malayalam author; Pranay Lal, author of the award-winning book Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent and Environmentalist; award-winning screenwriter and novelist PF Mathews; Manoj Kuroor, award-winning poet and lyricist; popular fiction writer and bestselling novelist Chetan Bhagat; veteran journalist and author Vir Sanghvi; Arfeen Khan, author of The Secret Millionaire Blueprint; Harsh Mariwala, author of Harsh Realities and An entrepreneur.
Representing a unique cross-cultural collaboration born from the Internet, ‘Jordindian’ is an India-based entertainment company co-founded by YouTube stars Vineeth Kumar and Naser Al Azzeh. Their fun and family-friendly content as well as their music will be showcased at SIBF 2021.
Along with this special ode to the largest expatriate diaspora of 3.42 million Indians in the UAE, the landmark edition of SIBF also attracted literary talent from Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Pakistani writer, educator and historian, will enlighten the audience on socio-cultural issues surrounding women’s empowerment. Awais Khan, the critically acclaimed novelist of In the Company of Strangers and No Honor, also joins from Pakistan.
Sanith, a Sri Lankan expatriate, will bring the unique perspective of young people to SIBF. The 13-year-old speaker and author of the books Tolerance for Happiness, An Anthology of Expressions and Thoughts of a Ten-Year-Old, will be the youngest author to lead a forum at SIBF 2021.
Under the theme “There is always a good book”, the upcoming 40th annual SIBF is organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) and will see the participation of 1,576 publishing houses from 83 countries. Over 15 million books, including over 110,000 new titles – which will debut at SIBF – will be available to book lovers throughout the 11-day celebration of literature, knowledge and culture.