Namita Gokhale is a prolific and acclaimed writer, publisher and festival director who has authored sixteen works of fiction and nonfiction. Her debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, published in 1984, has been released as a double edition with its sequel Priya. The recent Things to Leave Behind, the third in her Himalayan trilogy, has been described as her most ambitious book yet. A novel for young readers , Lost in Time, Ghatotkacha and the Game of Illusions was published last year. Her latest book, The Himalayan Arc- East of South East, is an edited in anthology of writings on the eastern Himalayas. Other works include Gods, Graves and Grandmother, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala: The Play of Memory, The Habit of Love. The Book of Shiva and The Puffin Mahabharata are born out of her deep interest in Indian religion and mythology. Edited anthologies include In Search of Sita, Travelling In, Travelling Out and Himalaya, co-edited with Ruskin Bond. Gokhale is a founder and co-director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival and Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Literature Festival, and also The Noir Literature Festival. She is the director of Yatra Books, a publishing house specialised in translations. She has curated Kitaabnama, India’s only multilingual book show for the national channel Doordarshan. As a literary activist, she is passionately committed to showcasing the spectrum of writing across the Indian languages.