Co-Founder and Director of literary festival, Namita Gokhale’s book Jaipur Journals is scheduled to be launched at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 on January 24th. The Session will also feature Namita Gokhale in conversation with acclaimed writer and politician Shashi Tharoor and bestselling author Shonali Khullar Shroff . Jaipur Journals is a mixed bag of tales told from multiple perspectives. The book is an ode to the millions of aspiring writers and depicts life on the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Published by Penguin Random House, Jaipur Journals is set against the backdrop of the vibrant multilingual Jaipur Literature Festival, where diverse stories of lost love and the new beginnings come together in a narrative that is as varied as India itself. Namita Gokhale dedicates this book to the Jaipur Literature Festival and to all the untold stories in the world.
Jaipur Journals will be launched at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 on 24th January. Speaking on her new book Namita Gokhale said “ My new novel Jaipur Journals is about writers and the writing life. I’m happy and excited to talk about it in the lane of Diggy Palace, where a large part of the story is set.”
Namita Gokhale’s writing includes eighteen works of fiction and non-fiction. Her acclaimed debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, published in 1984, has remained a cult classic and has been issued in a double edition with its sequel Priya. Gokhale has worked extensively across genres on Indian mythology, including her retelling of the Indian epic in the Puffin Mahabharata, and her novel for young readers, Lost in Time: Ghatotkacha and the Game of Illusions. .Gokhale was the first recipient of the Centenary National Award is given by the Asam Sahitya Sabha. Along with JLF, she is also the founder and co-director of Mountain Echoes and Bhutan Literature Festival. She is also a director of Yatra Books, a publishing house specializing in translation.
About Jaipur Journals
One of the founders and directors of the world’s largest free literary festival presents a moving novel that searches the inspiration and heartbreaks of that loneliest of tribes-the writers.
Meet a colourful cast of characters whose lives intersect and collide in the sea of stories that is the Jaipur Literature Festival. The icon of queer literature who receives a malevolent anonymous letter, the burglar with a passion for poetry, the child prodigy who is determined to make it to the top, the American writer looking for the vanished India of her youth, the lonely writer in her seventies who carries her unpublished novel in the canvas bag wherever she goes- all come to life between the covers of Jaipur Journals.
Like the festival itself, Jaipur Journals is a mixed bag of tales, told from multiple perspectives, This funny pacy, metafictional novel is a sure-footed romp across the landscape of the literary world, showcasing in full form Gokhale’s unsparing eye and unputdownable style.