Namita Gokhale, Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters) awardee for 2021, is the co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and the author of twenty books. Her acclaimed debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, was published in 1984. Gokhale’s latest work of fiction, The Blind Matriarch, examines the Indian joint family against the backdrop of the pandemic. Her other recent books include Betrayed By Hope, a play on the life of the poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt, and Jaipur Journals, a fictional reading of the Jaipur Literature Festival. She has also written extensively on myths and religion. Gokhale was conferred with the prestigious First Centenary National Award for Literature by the Assam Sahitya Sabha in 2017 and has received recognition both for her writing and her commitment to multilingual Indian literature and cross-cultural literary dialogue.