Namita Gokhale

Namita Gokhale is a writer, festival director, and author of twenty works of fiction and non-fiction. Her acclaimed debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, was published in 1984. Her latest novel The Blind Matriarch examines the Indian joint family against the backdrop of the pandemic. Jaipur Journals, published in January 2020, is set in the vibrant Jaipur Literature Festival, of which Gokhale is a founder-director. She was conferred the First Centenary National Award for Literature by the Assam Sahitya Sabha in Guwahati in 2017. For her novel Things to Leave Behind Gokhale won the first Sushila Devi Literature Award, the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in English for 2022, the Best Fiction Jury Award at the Valley of Words Literature Festival, and was on the longlist for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award

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