Namita Gokhale is an award-winning writer, publisher, and festival director. She has written 20 books, including 11 works of fiction. Her recent novel, Jaipur Journals, will be published in the UK in April 2021. Betrayed By Hope, a play on the tragic life of the poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt, was published in December 2020. A co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Gokhale is keenly involved in curating intra-literary dialogues across languages and cultures. She was conferred the Centenary National Award for Literature by the Asam Sahitya Sabha in 2017 ‘for her literary contribution as well as her service to the nation in showcasing literary talents and creating a literary environment in the country.