Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy, formerly a senior banker and an urban governance consultant, is currently the President of a poetry group Connecting Across Borders (CAB), and totally focusses her energies and attention on honing and improving her writing skills.
Paddy writes for pleasure – finds humor in everything…P G Wodehouse being her all time favorite and inspiration!
Paddy's maiden poetry collection ‘P-EN-CHANTS’ has been recognized as a Unique Record of Excellence by the India Book of Records for its never-before-attempted movie reviews and management topics in rhyming poetry. Her second poetry collection ‘P-EN-CHANTS...Again’ has been published recently in Jan'22.
Paddy has compiled and edited 6 international multilingual poetry anthologies of which ‘Amaravati Poetic Prism’ 2016 to 2019, have been successively recognized by the Limca Book of Records (published by Coca Cola India) as “Poetry Anthology in Most Languages”.
Paddy has been the Guest Editor of the Pittsburgh-based popular e-zine ‘SETU’s Women’s Special issue since March, 2018 that has continued till March, 2022.
An Official Member of the World Nation Writers’ Union (WNWU)-Kazakhstan, she is the recipient of many awards and honours notably: the “Honoured Poet of India” Award-2018 from Lasosyasyon Lar San Frontyr (an international organization recognized by the Government of Seychelles), the SETU Award of Excellence-2018 (Special Mention-Individual Category), World Literary Prize-2019 conferred by World Nation Writers’ Union (WNWU) and Independence Day Honour-2020 and 2021, conferred by Gujarat Sahitya Akademi & Motivational Strips.
Paddy's poems, short stories and articles, some of them prize winners, are regularly featured in several international poetry anthologies, print magazines and e-zines. Her poems have also been translated into many languages. She is regularly invited to prestigious national and international poetry events like South Asia Literary Festival, World Congress Poets and many more.
She also regularly participates in discussions on civic and urban governance issues on electronic media. She was a part of the Round Tables on Smart Cities organized at Hyderabad by the Deputy British High Commission and Foundation for Futuristic Cities.