Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher, and festival director. She is the author of twelve works of fiction and nonfiction. Her debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, was first published in 1984. Other books include Gods, Graves and Grandmother, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala: The Play of Memory, Priya In Incredible Indyaa, In Search of Sita, The Habit of Love, and the edited anthology Traveling In, Traveling Out. Gokhale is a founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Literature Festival. She is director of Yatra Books, a publishing house specialized in translation. She has curated Kitaabnama, India’s only multi-lingual book show for the national channel Doordarshan. As a literary activist, she is passionately committed to showcasing the Indian languages.