Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and festival director. She is the author of 16 works of fiction and non-fiction. Her acclaimed debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, was published in 1984. The recent Things to Leave Behind, the third in her Himalayan trilogy , has been described as her most ambitious novel yet. Other books include, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala: the Play of Memory, The Book of Shiva, In Search of Sita and the edited anthology Himalaya. Her latest work of fiction, Lost in Time, Ghatotkacha and the Game of Illusions, is a novel for young readers. The Himalayan Arc – East of South East, an anthology of writings on the eastern Himalayas, will be released in January 2018. Gokhale is a founder and co-director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival and Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Literature Festival and director of Yatra Books, a publishing house specialising in translation.