Having explored the worlds of banking and urban governance in senior positions, Padmaja Iyengar – Paddy is currently the Hon. Lit. Advisor of The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada (CCV).
She also manages an on-line literary networking forum www.ratemyliterature.com that provides a free platform to writers to showcase their works.
Paddy’s maiden poetry collection ‘P-En-Chants’ has been reckoned as a ‘Unique International Record of Excellence’ by the Wonder Book of Records International for Never-Before-Attempted Movie Reviews and Management Topics in Rhyming Poetry form.
Besides poetry, she also dabbles in articles, short stories, book reviews and movie reviews (in poetry form) that have appeared in leading Indian newspapers like The Hindu and Hans India and e-zines like Muse India and Boloji.com. Her poems have also been published in several poetry anthologies.
Paddy 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.
Paddy writes for pleasure – finds humor in everything…P G Wodehouse being her all time favorite and inspiration!
It may be added here that like many other women in this world, Paddy too is a "survivor"!!!
I am a survivor, have an orthopaedic disability! But I haven't allowed these to come in the way of moving ahead in life, initially to be a banking professional, bring up my son as a single parent and now to pursue my passion for writing.
I believe that we as women, have to draw our confidence from within and inspiration from those less fortunate than us!
My vision for the future is that the expression "gender equality" should cease to exist and we should become one single human race across the globe!