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Journey to Modern India (with a Crime-fighting Elephant!)

Event 177 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Vaseem Khan
“I could not have written this novel without those ten years of incredible experiences.” – Vaseem Khan

When Vaseem Khan arrived in Mumbai to work as a management consultant, he was startled to see an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road – a sight that planted the seed for his acclaimed crime series featuring Inspector Chopra and Ganesha the baby elephant.

In this captivating talk he explains how he came to be in India, how modern Mumbai came to the place it occupies in modern India, and his own journey from first elephant sighting to eventual publication.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Journey to Modern India (with a Crime-fighting Elephant!)

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Readers Meet Writers: Transformational Journeys

Event 10 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Calling all book clubs! Our Festival Reading Group have been reading the fantastic books of three special Festival novelists – and now they are here to discuss their work in person. Why not choose them for your next meeting, and bring along questions of your own?

These very different authors, who have all written about transformational journeys, come together for a discussion of their work and an extended question and answer session with the audience.

Vaseem Khan’s unusual mystery The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra leads the eponymous inspector into the dark heart of Mumbai, aided by his unusual sidekick – a baby elephant called Ganesh.

Alan Titchmarsh’s latest book, Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour, features a man uprooted from his quiet routines to realise his abandoned dreams of a Grand Tour of Europe.

Eleanor Updale’s The Last Minute takes the reader on the most unusual journey of all – through the lives and minds of a town full of ordinary people in the minute before a terrible catastrophe.

To join the Emirates Literature Foundation Festival Reading Group, visit elfdubai.org/en/elf-book-clubs

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Truly Criminal: The Inspiration Behind Cases

Event 144 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

If you have ever wondered where crime writers get their ideas, this session, moderated by Liz Porter, author of Cold Case Files, will tell you all you need to know about the facts and fictions that go into a well-crafted crime novel.

Martin Edwards is the author of the Lake District series as well as The Golden Age of Murder, a groundbreaking study of classic detective stories.

Vaseem Khan is the author of the quirky Baby Ganesh series and manages research projects at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science.

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist whose specialist knowledge inspired her to write the Temperance Brennan series and produce the TV series Bones.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Truly Criminal: The Inspiration Behind Cases

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