Saturday, November 9, 2013

Crowds of children and literary enthusiasts clamoured in anticipation and excitement at Expo Centre Sharjah, as the 32nd edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) was officially open to the public this morning. The fair was inaugurated by the ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi. His Highness Sheikh Al-Qasimi is known to many as a pioneer of knowledge and education, having authored close to 30 historical, literary, and theatrical works.

His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi cutting the ribbon
at the Sharjah International Book Fair opening ceremony.
Photo Credit: Lavanya Narayan
One of the main attractions of the fair is the Indian Pavilion, which has been growing every single year. "The Indian pavilion has been around for 10 years. But the growth over the last five years has been tremendous," said Mr. Mohan Kumar, the external affairs executive of the fair."30 - 40% of the fair is occupied by the Indian pavilion. I am proud to be one of the only Indians working for the fair."

Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
will be making an appearance at the fair.
Photo Copyright: Official Site

In addition to a number of prominent authors and literary figures at the fair, former President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam will also be making an appearance at the fair tomorrow to host two sessions, one with students at 11 am and one with the general public at 8:30 pm. Dr. Kalam, who has authored works such as Wings of Fire and Ignited Minds, has made a significant contribution to the growth of education in India. "I consider Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on par with Mahatma Gandhi, because of his humility, his lifestyle, and his interaction with people and students," said Mr. Kumar. "I have been inspired by his work, and it was my personal wish to bring him to the fair."

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Unknown said...

Such a great opening ceremony of the great guy, APJ Abdul Kalam is such a Ideal for young youth. He is the pride of India.He write many books and share our experience in them.and "wings of fire" is the best book in my collection..he write down the difficulties who faced by the normal person..