Schedule of Times of India’s Literary Carnival, 2011


Schedule of Day 1 (Friday December 2, 2011) of Mumbai Fully Booked – Times of India’s Literary Carnival

1030 – 1200 A Shot At History

Mumbai launch of Abhinav Bindra’s autobiography. India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist will be in conversation with a well-known sports writer and co author of his book, Rohit Brijnath, and with Harsha Bhogle.

1200 – 1330 Bombay Boys

Four very different writers talk about how they fell for Mumbai/Bombay city’s charms. Manu Joseph, Naresh Fernandes, Gyan Prakash and Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghavi chat with Bombay girl Manjeet Kripalani

The New New Thing

Aspiring authors no longer have to wait for publishers to condescend to read their work. Bestselling authors Ashwin Sanghi and Amish Tripathi talk to Random House editor in chief Meru Gokhale about the future of self-publishing

1330 – 1430 LUNCH
1430 – 1600 Selective Nostalgia 

Sudhir Kakar, Zareer Masani and Fatima Bhutto discuss memoir writing and the charitable deceptions of memory with Patrick French

Currying Favour 

Vikram Doctor speaks to Madhur Jaffrey on how Indian food has changed around the world in the last few decades

Tarot Reading Workshop

Roopa Patel in conversation with Malavika Sangghvi

1600 – 1730 Neighbour’s Envy 

Pakistan’s biggest writers, Mohammed Hanif and Mohsin Hamid and India’s hottest writer, Chetan Bhagat speak to Times Now’s Arnab Goswami on whether Pakistan is beating us at literature. Is chaos the vital spur for creativity?

The Changing Caste, Colour And Creed Of Money

Deepak Parekh (Chairman of HDFC) and film-maker Jaideep Sahni (Khosla ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye), discuss India’s “Nouveau materialism” with columnist Aakar Patel

1730 – 1900 The New Language Of The Movies

Four cutting edge Hindi film directors talk about bringing real life, real aspirations and real despair into mainstream cinema. Akshat Varma, Zoya Akhtar, Ayan Mukherjee, and Vikramaditya Motwane in conversation with Filmfare editor Jitesh Pillai on what inspires them, what it takes to tell a good story, and how they negotiate the constraints of Bollywood?

Disability Is A State Of Mind

This the “NOT BE MISSED EVENT” of the Times Carnival. Mark Inglis, the first double-amputee to climb Mount Everest, and author of several motivational books will be in conversation with Mumbai’s own inspirational paraplegic, Ketna Mehta. They will convince a young Mumbaikar who has lost his limbs, that life can be even better after disaster strikes.


Editor of Caravan, India’s only narrative journalism magazine, Jonathan Shainin conducts a workshop on how to tell a good true story

1900 – 2200 Performance by stand up comedian Cyrus Broacha

Schedule of Day 2 (Saturday December 3, 2011) of Mumbai Fully Booked – Times of India’s Literary Carnival

1030 – 1200 Is Lyricism Dead? 

Gulzar, Prasoon Joshi and Swanand Kirkire talk, recite and sing to suggest that poetry and song will never die.

The Roar Of Silence 

What do a Mumbai bar girl, a Delhi labourer and a Bastar villager have in common? Their voices have scarcely been heard. Chroniclers Sonia Faleiro, Aman Sethi and Rahul Pandita discuss their books with Gyan Prakash

Adventures Of Asia (1100 – 1200)
Sangeeta Choksi’s art and craft workshop for kids by Asia Society
1200 – 1330 Snakes On Ladders 

Will this be a slugfest? The queen bee and king cobra of the social scene join hands with the diplomatic top dog come together to discuss if “India’s elite has seceded into outer space”. Shobhaa De, Suhel Seth and Shashi Tharoor refereed by Bachi Karkaria.

Jug’s Bunny 

Humour writer Jug Suraiya talks about his recent book ‘JS and The Times of My Life’, his craft and his muse to Bunny, the ever-present character in his columns

1330 – 1430 LUNCH
1430 – 1600 Love In The Time Of Karela 

This will be mouthwatering. Cookery author, Madhur Jaffrey, and Michelin chef Vikas Khanna talk to Karen Anand on whether classical and contemporary cuisines are on a collision course or can they cruise happily together down the gastronomic highway

Greed Is Good, No? 

Gordan Gecko territory. Bestselling author Rashmi Bansal, Nina Godiwala speak with three very different entrepreneurs on their stories, their struggles and their wisdom The veteran entrepreneur Jerry Rao will moderate and add his gyan.

Tales From The Crypt

(1400 – 1530) – Altaf Tyrewala, Sonia Faleiro and Namita Devidayal read out chilling tales from the forthcoming book “BOMBAY NOIR”.

1600 – 1730 Balls To It All 

This should be an animated discussion. Sourav Ganguly, Shehan Karunatilaka and Anuja Chauhan give three different takes on why cricket has lost its charm to Boria Majumdar.

Karachi Noir

Expect a fun and stimulating session. Mohammed Hanif in conversation with Anurag Kashyap about his new book “Our Lady of Alice Bhatti”

Expressive Calligraphy Workshop

(1600 – 1730) – World renowned calligrapher and master of modern calligraphy, Achyut Palav, will demonstrate a jugalbandi of music and calligraphy inspired by the tunes, rhythms of music and letters for art students

1730 – 1900 Thinly Spread

fitness expert Rujuta Diwekar in conversation with her favourite client, Kareena Kapoor, on how not to lose your mind (but lose some weight!). Also, why we, as a society, are so obsessed with staying thin when we are actually naturally pleasantly plump

Literature From The Newsroom

This sounds esoteric. If journalism is literature in a hurry, what happens when journalists have to slow down to tackle narrative non-fiction? Three young journalists, Samanth Subramanian, Rahul Pandita and Geeta Anand, talk about their work and the process of transitioning into writing books to Jonathan Shainin, editor of Caravan magazine

1900 Performance by Raghu Dixit


Schedule of Day 3 (Sunday December 4, 2011) of Mumbai Fully Booked – Times of India’s Literary Carnival

1030 – 1200 The Idea Of India: Fact And Fiction

This should be enlightening. The perception the world has of India, the vision we have of ourselves, and the reality. Can the idea of India really be defined? Cerebral heavyweights Sunil Khilnani, Patrick French , M,J, Akbar and Jerry Rao in conversation with Swapan Dasgupta on the many Indias and whether they can meet.

Pie Dish To Petri Dish

New Age chef Abhijit Saha gives a presentation on the emerging science of molecular gastronomy.

Be An Art Detective (Workshop)

Mamta Mangaldas and Saker Mistri will present an unique workshop combining story-telling and an art activity from the children’s book; The Kidnapping of Amir Hamza – based on Emperor Akbar’s favourite tale; the Hamzanama.

1200 – 1330 Under The Speaking Tree 

This should be intellectually and spiritually stimulating. Arun Shourie questions the existence of God in a soul-searching debate with a global spiritual guru, Jaya Row

Lust Caution 

Pulp fiction or serious story telling? Manu Joseph in conversation with Meenal Baghel on the Mumbai Launch of her book, ‘Death in Mumbai’, a riveting true story about the Maria Susairaj murder story and why love and death often go together

1330 – 1430 Behind The Scenes 

Mira Nair next movie is based on Mohsin Hamid’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”. Here she is in conversation with Mohsin Hamid on the making of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”. This discussion will be moderated by Sooni Taraporewala

1430 – 1600 Sex And The City

Vikram Chandra, Meenal Baghel, Altaf Tyrewala and Anuja Chauhan discuss stories of love, longing and loss with Namita Devidayal

In Bed Together 

This should be great fun. Two well respected Indian editors, Vinod Mehta and Tarun Tejpal, discuss if journalists and politicians co-habit

1600 – 1730 A Fish And A Bicycle 

Body language guru Allan Pease and straight-talking relationships aunty Bachi Karkaria explore the convoluted grammar of the man-woman thing

First Cut

William Dalrymple reads excerts from his unpublished new book on the Great Afghan War

Rip, soak and let it hang (Workshop)

Make your own paper and write your own book with Neeta Premchand

1730 – 1900 I Liked The Film Better

So many books have found their way into celluloid. But they then become an entirely different experience, get another avatar completely. Anurag Kashyap, Hussain Zaidi, Jai Arjun Singh and Sooni Taraporewala – three directors talk with a fourth on the rigours of film adaptation.

South Asian Quartet

Great conversation to end the Carnival. Shehan Karunatilaka, Fatima Bhutto, Rahul Bhattacharya and Vikram Chandra in conversation wtih Chiki Sarkar There is wonderful writing coming out of south Asia. How do these writers interact with one another? Why has south Asia become the beloved of the international literary scene?


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