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SHARJAH (Web Desk) – An impressive lineup of Indian talents including writers, famous actors, chefs and doctors will mark their presence during the Sharjah International Book Fair 2015 (SIBF). The region’s cultural event of the year, will take place from November 4 -14 at the Expo Centre, witnessing the active participation of several award winning writers.


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These include Gurcharan Das, author, commentator and public intellectual whose book, “India Unbound” was described by the Guardian as a ‘quiet earthquake’. Another of his publications, “India Grows at Night: A liberal case for a strong state”, was on the Financial Times’ best books for 2013 and he writes a regular column for five Indian newspapers, including The Times of India, and contributes to Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and the New York Times.

Entrepreneur, business leader and bestselling author, Subroto Bagchi will be at the fair to talk about the Malayalam version of his book “The Elephant Catchers”. An interactive session will be led by Bagchi, who is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Mindtree, one of India’s most admired software services companies. He is also a member of the Governing Council of the Software Technology Parks of India and has won acclaim as India’s No.1 bestselling business author.

In recognition of his contribution as a business leader and author, the Utkal University granted him the degree of Doctor of Literature.

Indian short story writer, T. Padmanabhan is considered one of the greatest short fiction writers in Malayalam language and he has written 162 stories. His stories have been translated in to many languages and he received the Vaylar Award, the Vallathol Award and Lalithambika Andharjanam Award. T Padmanabhan will be taking part in the Intellectual Program at the SIBF on Saturday 7 November in an interactive session called “Mukhamugham”.

Durjoy Datta writes for television and films and is an Indian novelist and entrepreneur having co-founded the publishing house Grapevine India in June 2011.  He is also the best-selling author of nine books and in 2009 was recognized as the young achiever by The Times of India.

He is one of the highest selling Indian authors in fiction and will be talking about his inspiration to become a writer from an engineer and his upcoming projects on November 10.