Namita Gokhale

Namita Gokhale

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Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and festival director. She is the author of fourteen books including seven previous works of fiction. The Himalayan series, continued in Things to Leave Behind , includes A Himalayan Love Story  and The Book of Shadows. Her debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, first published in 1984, created a furore due to its frank sexual humour. Other books include the sequel to Paro - Priya In Incredible Indyaa, ' Gods, Graves and Grandmother, Shakuntala: the Play of Memory , The Habit of Love, The Puffin Mahabharata, Search of Sita, The Book of Shiva, Mountain Echoes and the edited anthologies Travelling In, Travelling Out and Himalaya.

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.

Her latest novel Things to Leave Behind is a multi-generational story set between 1840-1912 in Nainital and Sat Tal, Kumaon, part of the Himalayas. This is the first book of hers which has been written in the more neutral third person, allowing her the freedom to tell the story from an authorial presence-- a deviation from her regular use of the first person, best suited for the feminine perspective.