It is that literary time of the year again - when we Mumbaikars can Think, Play and Eat!! After the first successful edition last year Times Literary Carnival in back this year with an even more stellar line up of Indian & International authors, performers and literary fun.What else would you call a gathering that boasts of an opening keynote address by Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City and will be closed by Ruchir Sharma, author of Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles. Among other attractions at the event are Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai makes a first ever appearance with her 3-time Booker Prize shortlisted mother Anita Desai. In another global first, Berlin Prize fellow Sunil Khilnani will be in discussion with Pulitzer winning author wife Katherine Boo while eminent journalist Arnab Goswami will interview the man-of-the-moment Arvind Kejriwal. Mira Nair will talk about her latest film The Reluctant Fundamentalist and historians Ramachandra Guha and William Dalrymple will launch their latest books Patriots and Partisans and Return of the King, respectively. Javed Akhtar will read Manto and Chetan Bhagat will debate with celebrated journalist Barkha Butt on what young India really wants. The entertainment quotient at the event isn't too far behind with evening performances by Pakistan's best qawwal Fareed Ayaz, and India's very own Usha Uthup. Under the able leadership of Bachi Karkaria, the Literary Carnival this year focuses on a theme that is born out of the factor that led to the birth of Mumbai - aspiration and the factor that now drives the metropolis - Money: Greed, The City & the Pursuit of Happiness. The event is spread over three days comprising of talks, discussions, workshops and debates around the theme will mark this second edition amidst all the fun of book launches, hang-out zones and activities for children as well as adults. Mumbai, time to don the intellectual hat and indulge in some cerebral stimulation as 2012 closes its curtains on us. What: Times Literary Carnival: Where The City Meets Literature When: 7th, 8th & 9th December, 2012 Where: Mehboob Studio, Bandra How to attend: Just Register here. Its Free! Passes: Write to [email protected] So, see you there Mumbai - notebooks in hand, books in bags and questions in the mind.