Mumbai Is Fully ‘Booked’ For The Literary Carnival

Mumbai has geared up to host yet another literature fest and this time it’s The Times of India with Mumbai Fully Booked, the literary carnival. But it’s not just lovers of literature who would be enticed to attend this festival at Mehboob Studios in Bandra. Mumbai Fully Booked brings to you a mélange of writers, film makers, lyricist, chefs and even stand-up comedians.

Starting from 2nd December, 2011, various events have been lined up right up till 4th December, 2011.

The fest kicks off at 10:30 am on Friday, 2nd December with Abhinav Bindra, the Olympic gold medalist in conversation with co-author Rohit Brijnath and sports writer Harsha Bhogle on his just published memoir. And if food interests you more, then you can catch Vikram Doctor as he speaks to Madhur Jaffrey on how Indian food has changed around the world.

Avid readers and book lovers can catch some of the biggest writers of Pakistan – Mohsin Hamid and Mohammed Hanif with Indian author Chetan Bhagat. Also, talking about the influence Mumbai has on numerous writers that lead them to pen down stories, Manu Joseph, Naresh Fernandes, Gyan Prakash and Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghavi will chat with Manjeet Kripalani on how Mumbai acts as their muse. William Dalrymple, Rashmi Bansal and a wide range of authors from cook book to travel, history and the good old fiction writers will be present at the event spread across three days to share their stories, talk about their books and interact with their fans.

If you are a movie buff, watch Akshat Verma, Zoya Akhtar, Ayan Mukherjee and Vikramaditya Motwane in conversation with Filmfare editor Jitesh Pillai on what inspires them to tell a good story. You can also listen to Mira Nair talk to Mohsin Hamid about the adaption of his book.

If your version of entertainment is cricket, listen to Sourav Ganguly, Shehan Karunatilaka, Deep Dasgupta and Anuja Chauhan voice their opinion on why the much loved sport has lost its charm.

And above all, if money gets you going, get tips on how to succeed from authors like Rashmi Bansal, Jerry Rao and more.

Apart from discussions, workshops on how to write your own book, modern calligraphy for art students and a non-fiction writing workshop will also be held at the venue.

So go ahead, register online for free passes and get access to writing, poetry, lyricism and more as you interact with some of the best in every field.

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- Esha Chanda

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