The first edition of this festival last December was a runaway success, with over 9,000 visitors making it a long weekend of cerebral stimulation in a relaxed ambience. This year's line-up of international and Indian panelists is even more stellar. We continue to connect literature with the eclectic passions of Mumbai.
Since Mumbai was born in aspiration, and money remains its compulsive drive, the core theme of the 2012 TOI Literary Carnival is 'Greed, The City & the Pursuit of Happiness'. Several panels will be structured around this idea, discussing money, the skyline, corruption, film, even sex and food.
Suketu Mehta will give the keynote address and Ruchir Sharma will close the festival.
Among other attractions: Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai along with her mother Anita Desai, for the first time together. in another global first, Sunil Khilnani will be in discussion with his Pulitzer Prize-winning wife, Katherine Boo.
Arvind Kejriwal will be interviewed by Arnab Goswami
Mira Nair will discuss her latest film. Historians Ramachandra Guha and William Dalrymple will launch their latest books. Javed Akhtar will read Manto. And Chetan Bhagat will spar with Barkha Dutt on what young India really wants.
The evenings will feature performances by The Sabri Brothers, Susheela Raman and Usha Uthup.
There will be book launches, workshops, hang-out zones and activities for children and young adults. Come to Think, Play, Eat. It's what Mumbai is all about, no?