Emirates Literature Foundation Blog (ELF)

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Latest Interview

Indra Nooyi at Emirates LitFest 2022

Hafsa Lodi is an American journalist. Her debut non-fiction book Modesty: A Fashion Paradox, launched at the 2020 Emirates Literature Festival. It explores the causes, controversies and key players of the global modest fashion movement, and has been featured by Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar (US and Arabia), Cosmo UK, Emirates Woman and more.

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Cooking the Classics with Dr Rupy Aujla and Zahra Abdalla at Emirates LitFest 2022

When altering traditional recipes for a more modern and health-conscious table, how far can you go before you anger your ancestors and heritage - can you still stay true to your grandmother’s recipe if you swap rice for quinoa, cow milk for almond milk, sugar for stevia?

Latest team recommendation

Book Recommendations from the Team: The Book With No Pictures

You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious except here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say BLORK or BLUURF. Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)