Namita Waikar is a writer and translator. She is the author of the novel The Long March. She is the managing editor of People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) and writes on gender,women, society and culture with a focus on rural life. She leads the Grindmill Songs Project and oversees PARI’s Indian languages translations programme. She is a partner in a chemistry databases firm in Pune, which is the culmination of her work of over 20 years as a biochemist and a software project manager.