Hema Malini, famous Bollywood superstar, addressed an overflowing hall of fans at Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 during. Appearing alongside the veteran actress to discuss her latest biography ‘Beyond the Dream Girl,’ was its author Ram Kamal Mukherjee, with the two taking time to conduct a question and answer session with the audience.
The discussion started with the author giving details on the subject and purpose of the book, the foreword of which has been written by the present Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. The subject of the biography then went on to have a candid chat with her many admirers present about her career, her political life and more.
“Hema Ji was very reluctant in the beginning. There are already two books that talk about her as we know her, but this book is about the Hema Ji who is beyond the limelight and celebrity life. As the title says – it is ‘beyond the dream girl’. It was when she realised this that she agreed to do it,” said Mukherjee.
In a world where people resort to war in order to find peace, where innocent lives are lost in the crossfires between right and wrong, and the disillusionment of building a stable future on the foundations of plunder and destruction seems very real, the only hope for a better tomorrow lies with the future generations.
In these pictures we see the award-winning writer from Lebanon, Rania Zbib Daher, at the at the pavilion of the Sharjah-based publisher, Kalimat Group, at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 (SIBF 2017), who has a young audience rapt in attention listening to her reading out from her book The Sound of the Sea published by Kalimat.
Through her book, the author introduces children to the serious issues of forced displacement, war, crises and their far-reaching effects on people in a tale whose protagonist, Leen – a girl around the same age as the young listeners of the story – fills her costal town with hope and happiness through her songs that are sourced from the waves of the sea.