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Satyendra Srivastava was born in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1935. He was educated at the University of Poona, and at the University of London, where he was awarded a Ph D in 1978. He lectured at the University of Toronto 1969-71; since 1980 he has been senior language teaching officer at Cambridge University.
He began writing poetry in English in the later 1980s and Peepal Tree Press published his first collection in English, Talking Sanskrit to Fallen Leaves in 1994. Srivastava’s poetic involvement with the UK predates this collection in English to those written in Hindi, particularly Mrs Jones aur vah gali, which deals with the experiences of an old white woman in the East End of London and her responses to the successive waves of settlement, including by Indians. Talking Sanskrit similarly explores the interpenetration of these worlds.