Namita Gokhale, award-winning writer, publisher, and festival director, is the author of eighteen works of fiction and non-fiction, including the cult classic Paro: Dreams of Passion, which has been issued in a double edition Paro and Priya: Take Two along with its sequel, Priya. Gokhale has written memorable works, including the Himalayan trilogy, which includes A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, and Things to Leave Behind. Things to Leave Behind was on the long list for the Dublin Literary Award and has received the Valley of Words Best Fiction Jury Award as well as the Sushila Devi Literary Award. Her non-fiction works include Mountain Echoes. She has worked extensively with Indian mythology through The Book of Shiva, The Puffin Mahabharata – an illustrated retelling of the epic for young readers, and two anthologies, Finding Radha and In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology, co-edited with Malashri Lal. Gokhale has also edited Travelling In, Travelling Out, and The Himalayan Arc: Journeys East of South-east and co-edited Himalaya: Adventures, Meditations, Life with Ruskin Bond. She is a founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Festival of Arts, Literature and Culture. She is the director of Yatra Books, and has curated Kitaabnama, India’s only multilingual book show for Doordarshan. Namita Gokhale was conferred the Centenary National Award for Literature by the Asam Sahitya Sabha (2017).