How Malayalis in Gulf countries are keeping their passion for Malayalam literature alive

UAE-based author Shemi’s debut novel Nadavazhiyile Nerukal was a major hit in the recently-concluded Sharjah International Book Fair. This time India had the biggest representation with 112 publishers, of which 22 were from Kerala

People standing in long queues to get books autographed, nerdy types waiting till late night to participate in a literary debate -not really something we can imagine in Kerala. But the Malayali diaspora, especially in Gulf countries, still has that passion which makes an event like the recently-concluded Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) something big for our language, feel writers and publishers who participated in the mega event.

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