Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and festival director. She is the author of fourteen books, including eight works of fiction. Her debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, was first published in 1984. The recent Things to Leave Behind has been described as her most ambitious novel yet. Other books include Gods, Graves and Grandmother, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala: The Play of Memory, Priya in Incredible Indyaa, In Search of Sita, The Habit of Love, and the edited anthologies, 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.