Bhubaneswar, September 16: Eminent author and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s elder sister Gita Mehta passed away in Delhi on Saturday. She was 80.
She was married to renowned American publisher late Sonny Mehta.
Born in 1943 to legendary Biju Patnaik and Gyan Patnaik in Delhi, she had her education in India and University of Cambridge UK. She had penned three books Karma Cola, Snake and Ladders , A River Sutra, Raj and The Eternal Ganesha.
In 2019, she declined to accept Indian’s fourth-highest civilian honour – Padma Shri – conferred to her in the field of literature and education.