14 Smriti Lamech will try anything once, yes, even snails. And nowhere is that more evident that in her chequered career path. From emceeing shows, to modelling, to hospitality to journalism, to teaching English as a foreign language, to entrepreneurship, she dives into everything with passion and energy.
A journalist and writer, she has worked with leading media houses, such as Bennet Coleman & Co, and the Network 18 group. She is a published writer with short stories in many anthologies including the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, and the feminist publishing house Zubaan’s, much acclaimed, Of Mothers and Others. A wildly popular and prolific parenting blogger, she eventually shut down her blog when she felt that her growing children required more privacy, if she wanted them to choose her a nice retirement home.
An activist and crusader at heart, she was part of the teams that ran two annual social media awareness initiaves on Child Sexual Abuse and Violence Against
Women. She was also a part of the team that won the UNFPA-Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity for a year-long campaign against Violence against Women. An activist and feminist, she puts her money and energy where her mouth is, and has often been found, placard in hand at either Jantar Mantar or India Gate.
Education is something she feels passionately about and is a certified English as a Foreign Language teacher. She was also a franchisee and promoter for JEI Learning, an international afterschool program for children, creating customised programs for them in Maths and English.
Smriti wears many hats (but never a chef’s) and sometimes holds a mic for old times sake. An award-winning and trained classical musician, she chose not to take it up professionally. A passionate gardener, a voracious reader, and a lover of Indian crafts, she has an enviable collection of weaves, both vintage and experimental.
She recently moved to the Palani hills of Tamil Nadu where she lives with her children, husband, and many cats. She currently teaches English at an alternative school in the forest and picks leeches off her feet in between classes.
As ever, there is yet something else in the offing, but she’s holding those cards close to her chest. Hopefully, we’ll be among the first to get a sneak peak when she is ready.
Of Mothers and others – Stories, Essays, Poems