Smita Sahay is an Indian English-language writer. She has read her poetry at 100 Thousand Poets for Change in Pune and Mumbai, the Prakriti Poetry Festival in Chennai, and Pen at Prithvi in Mumbai. She co-conceptualized and served as Associate Editor of Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women. Sahay grew up in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand in India, and customs, traditions and culture from her childhood are recurring themes in her work, as are social prejudices and injustices. Her parents, with two daughters, were often questioned by pitying friends, relatives and neighbors about not having a third child and not “trying for” a son. Those early experiences made clear to her how necessary it is to stand up to gender inequality, and that principle remains an integral part of her consciousness. Sahay received her MBA from the Indian School of Business in 2015 and is currently setting up an entrepreneurial venture to improve mental-healthcare delivery through the use of technology. She lives, writes, and works in Mumbai, India.
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