Abha Iyengar was born in New Delhi and graduated with Honours in Economics from Miranda House, Delhi University and studied Business Management thereafter. She writes in all genres and brings her dabbling in various fields to her writing.
Publications include an article on "Population" for the book "Science, Technology and Development”, a paper on “Urban Development-Its Impact on Ecology and Security in Asia for: Challenges- Science and Peace in a Rapidly Changing Environment” (BdWi-Germany), prize-winning haiku in "Life Positive" and poems in Femina. She has received A Breakaway Books Contest Honorable mention and publication. She is a Kota Press Poetry Anthology Contest winner. She is a twice SitaGita.com fiction contest winner. Her story, “The High Stool” was nominated for the Story South Million Writer’s Award. She has contributed to popular anthologies in the U.S. ‘The Simple Touch of Fate’, ‘Knit Lit Too’, ‘Chicken Soup for the Healthy Soul’, and more. Her articles/essays/poems have appeared in several literary journals like Insolent Rudder, Its About time Writers, Raven Chronicles, Gowanus Books, Tattoo Highway (twice contest winner), Tryst3, M.A.G., Surface Online, riverbabble, Views Unplugged, The Himalayan Times, Enlightened Practice, Poets Online, Writers against War, Door Knobs and Body Paint (contest winner), Kritya, Words Dance, Moondance, Flashquake, (photography contest winner) among others. She contributes to several magazines in India e.g. Complete Wellbeing.
She has judged a creativity writing contest for Sri Venkateswar College, Delhi University, and also an online international writing contest for United Planet, a not-for-profit organization in U.S.A.
Abha Iyengar is a social activist who presented a paper in Berlin on unplanned urbanization. She has attended a high level conference in France on international agricultural commodity market regulation, prior to the WTO Ministerial Conference held in Hong Kong in December 2005, where she spoke for the rights of Indian agricultural farmers. Abha is very vocal on the rights of women.
In March 2006, she presented her poems at an International Writers Conference held at Kurukshetra in Haryana. In March 2007, she presented as well as chaired paper presentations on the ‘Bhakti Movement’ at Guwahati University. She has spoken to an Assam Sahitya Sabha gathering of more than 30,000 people regarding the issues that contemporary Indian writings can address, and inaugurated a Kavi Sammelan (Poetry Reading) at Dhubri in Assam with her own Urdu poetry.
She is a member of The Poetry Society of India and ‘Riyaz’ Writer’s Group at The British Council, New Delhi.