Having explored the worlds of banking and urban governance in senior positions, Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy is currently the Hon. Literary Advisor of The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati. She is also on the Advisory Panel of ISISAR, Kolkata.
Her 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 presented in rhyming poetry.
She has compiled and edited 5 international multilingual poetry anthologies, two of which – Amaravati Poetic Prism 2016 & 2017, have been recognized by the prestigious Limca Book of Records. The latest 2018 edition has 1111 poems in 107 languages by over 630 poets from 76 countries. The 5 international multilingual poetry anthologies also include a multilingual poetry anthology of women poets titled ‘WWW-Women, Wit & Wisdom’.
Paddy’s English and Hindi poems, articles and short stories regularly appear in various national and international e-zines, leading newspapers and poetry anthologies, and have also won prizes in several poetry and short story writing contests. She is regularly invited to national and international literary events to present her poems.
Paddy is a recipient of the SETU-2018 Award for Excellence (Special Mention-Individual) instituted by SETU the Pittsburgh-based bilingual e-zine, ‘Ambassador De Literature’ Medal from Motivational Strips and the title of “Distinguished Literary Personality” by Vishwabharati Research Centre / Sahitya Anand, India, for her contributions and service to literature. She is also an official Member of the World Nation Writers’ Union in Kazakhstan
Ever-smiling Paddy writes for pleasure – finds humor in everything…P G Wodehouse being her all-time favorite and inspiration!
Bring on a smile
Trigger a bile
Tend to pickle
Refuse to go
Hurt us so
Linger a while
And later become
A part of the pile
My memories –
A riot of hues
In which I fuse.
Birds flying freely in the sky
The flower kissed by the butterfly
The clothes swaying as they dry
Are all a visual treat for the eye
The breeze ever so gently blowing
Keeps the joy ever so sweetly flowing
traversing through various lanes
through our being and our veins
The green leaves, the lovely flowers, the birds,
The breeze, the azure sky and some kind words
The laughter of the children wafting through the air
The toothless smile of the old woman shown care
They all come to each of us to be enjoyed for free,
To be shared with others like the fruit-bearing tree
For they are all joyous moments waiting to be seized,
to be interred in our being to stay happy and pleased.
To experience joy from nothing
Seems to be quite a simple thing
There is so much in life to enjoy
That comes free and gives pure joy.