Namita Gokhale is an author, publisher, editor and festival director. She’s written 19 books since her first notable novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion and earned many awards for them. Her personal experience of loss, love and illness has shaped many of her works. Many of her works were also based on Indian classical myths as well as her Kumaon roots. Her book, Things to Leave Behind, received the 2017 Valley of Words Book Award for Best English Fiction, was longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, won the 2019 Sushila Devi Literature Award for Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author and recently was presented with the 2021 Sahitya Akademi Award. 

Gokhale has also directed many festivals. She was an advisor to Mountain Echoes (which is what Bhutan Echoes’ Drukyul Literature Festival was previously) and mentors  the Kumaon Festival as well. She is a founder and co-director of the famous Jaipur Literature Festival. In January 2005, she co-founded a multilingual publishing company, Yatra Books, at which she is a director. The accumulation of her great feats in the world of Indian literature earned her the 7th Yamin Hazarika Woman of Substance Award in 2021.