Namita Gokhale is the director of Yatra Books. She is a well-known writer, publisher and festival director. She has written twelve books, including several works of fiction. Her first novel, ‘Paro: Dreams of Passion’, which created a furor with its candid sexual humour, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary edition in 2014. Other novels include ‘Gods, Graves and Grandmother’, ‘A Himalayan Love Story’, ‘The Book of Shadows’, ‘Shakuntala’ and ‘Priya’, a recent sequel to Paro.
Gokhale has worked extensively with Indian myth. She has written ‘The Book of Shiva’ and retold the Mahabharata for young readers. She also co-edited the landmark anthology, ‘In Search of Sita ‘.
A founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and of ‘Mountain Echoes’, the annual Bhutan Festival, Gokhale is committed to showcasing literature from across the Indian languages. She currently curates ‘Kitabnama: Books and Beyond’, a multilingual book show on the national channel Doordarshan.
Neeta Gupta is the publisher of Yatra Books. She is also a Jt. Secretary with the Bharatiya Anuvad Parishad and edits their quarterly journal, Anuvad. She has been working towards creating publishing connectivities across different languages and cultures.
Shuchita Mital, Hindi Editor-in-chief, Yatra Books, was earlier on the editorial board of the Malayala Manorama’s Vanitha women’s fortnightly. A member of the Indian Translators Association, she has assisted in editing their quarterly journal, Anuvad. Shuchita is a formidable talent in both literary and academic translations.
Full-Time Staff members:
Meera Bisht, Sub-editor, Yatra Books, is a graduate, with a Sangeet Visharad in Indian Classical Music. Apart from Proof-reading and editing copy, she is also responsible for final checks on CRCs. She has been with Yatra Books since its inception in 2005.
Urmila Gupta is a translator and editor at Yatra Books. She has a post-graduate degree in Hindi and a diploma in Translation from the Bharatiya Anuvad Parishad.
Rita Peter is the accounts in-charge and administrative officer at Yatra Books.