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Born, brought up and educated in India, Abha is currently employed as a Research Scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was thirteen when diagnosed with bi-lateral sensorineural hearing loss. Strongly supported and encouraged by her parents, especially her father, Abha persevered to educate herself while actively pursuing the arts as well. A doctorate in Biophysics, she is a scientist by profession and an artist by heart.
Marriage and two children later, Abha and her family endured some tough times and immigrated to US in 2007. A lay-off from the University of North Texas, Fort Worth, reinstated her love for the arts and brought her to Seattle in 2014. Writing, dancing, painting, nature-walks, rediscovering ancient alternative nutritional and water therapies, cooking and spending quality time with family keep her alive, joyous and sane.
Abha has been published in several magazines. She has also translated an English book on mainstream schooling for children who are deaf or have hearing loss in Hindi.
A semi-finalist in the She Writes Press and SparkPress Towards Diversity in Publishing (STEP) contest, Abha was also selected for the Hudson Valley Writers Center Fall 2021 scholarship course. More recently, the Touchstone Literary Magazine nominated “Kitaab” for inclusion in Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net Anthology.
Currently, she is putting the final touches to a memoir, “Your ears don’t listen?”, an anthology of essays that describe her struggles with hearing loss and express gratitude to people for the sounds they brought into her life.