Every day Google Doodles celebrate an iconic personality or event in their doodles. Today they celebrate the noted author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik who was born today in Tanta, Egypt. In the past Google Doodles have celebrated noted musicians, actors such as Madhubala, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and female rights activist Inji Aflatoun. Google Doodle also drew a doodle on Khufu Ship, a solar museum ship that was recently discovered in Egypt.
Ahmed Khaled Tawfik was the author of many books. He basically was the pioneer of the genre of medical thriller in Arabic fiction. Like Isaac Asimov pioneered many science fiction novels and the genre of science fiction in English, Ahmed Khaled Tawfik was the pioneer of various books like Utopia which was translated in English and is set to become a major motion picture soon, according to some reports. His work is also being translated into a series called Paranormal on Netflix. According to Netflix's media, it will be produced by Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama. Ahmed Khaled Tawfik's novel sold 15 million copies and his books will lead the way for Egyptian drama and serials into the world of Netflix.
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Like most writers, Towfik was also inspired by classic novelists such as Somerset Maugham, Mark Twain, Chekhov, and Tolstoy. Speaking to the National when Ahmed Khaled Towfik was here in the UAE for a literature festival, he talked about his influences and his childhood. Towfik said that his father was a very literate man and "most of the family income was spent on books" According to the interview, he began writing in Arabic and chose the genre of horror: "my English was not good enough to read horror literature," said Ahmed Khalid Towfik, "so I started writing it myself".
His famous characters include Refaat Ismael from Ma Waraa Al Tabiaa where Refaat is a retired doctor but deals in paranormal experiences. Alaa abdel Azeem is a character from Safari. Azeem hunts diseases and Abeer Abdel Rahman from Fantazia series is an Egyptian housewife and participates in a scifi experience due to her husband's invention, a DG-2, a device that converts knowledge into dreams (much like Johnny Quest!).