Mrs. Shiela Gujral, an eminent writer and poet, was born and educated
Masters Degree in Economics & Diploma
in Journalism from
Shri I.K. Gujral, a great
student leader of their times in 1945 and shifted to
she took her Diploma in Montessori Training and involved herself in social work and cultural life
of her newly adopted city till Partition.
After shifting to
for long because of her deep involvement in social work especially the child welfare activities.
Shifting all her energies to the field of child
welfare work in
skits and educative articles and books for children. As Chairman of Balkanji Bari (A Child
Welfare Organisation), she organised various educative and welfare programmes for the children.
For the first Plan on 'National Policy for Children', she wrote an exhaustive paper on Nursery Literature.
During her first international contact with ladies at
Mother's Congress at
during her visit to
her own outlook on children education and children literature. She made it a point to visit as many
schools and cultural centres as possible. As Chairman 'Nehru Bal-Mela Committee', she
added new dimensions to the modest Bal Samiti activities by introducing various cultural and
educative competitions for children.
On behalf of Mayors Council of National Defence, she edited Seema Raksha a monthly
journal in Hindi (1961-62). Later, as President of
of both NPTA and Zakir Hussain Society, she set up a number of schools organised recreation
camps for children.
Earlier also she worked in honorary capacity at
educating the handicapped children for about one year.
As President of Bhartiya Mahila Sangh (country's Women's Club) and also of Delhi Parents
Teachers Association, she co-ordinated the activities of both the organisations and she set up
quite a few Vocational and Adult Education Centres for Women along with nursery classes.
Family planning, agricultural camps, educative lectures and films, folk music sessions and encouraging
parents-teachers rapport in rural areas by organising cultural programmes in school compounds were
some of the salient features of the rural activities. In urban slums. The first creche for infants was set up
with the help of N.D.M.C. which transformed the dirty 'Talkatora Basti' overnight. The mothers
belonging to untouchable class vied with each other to keep their children and improve their environment.
During her husband's Ambassadorship to
P.T.A. and Lekhika
Sangh on her annual visits to
Embassy Club and encouraged the Resident Indian ladies to join it. This Club not only enriched the
cultural life of the community but also built bridges of friendship between the Soviet and Indian ladies.
Music classes, Hindi lessons, summer schools for children and annual display and sale
(to Foreign Embassies only) were some of the important activities of this Club. The money collected
through the sale of these items was passed on to the Chancery to be used for humanitarian cause.
Back home, she took keen interest in Lekhika Sangh (Women Writers' Association). As President
of this organisation from 1981-86, she organised meetings, seminars, joint publications of women
writers and book exhibitions revitalised the organisation. She has also been writing articles for
Hindi and English journals on educational, social, psychological problems quite frequently.
Regular interaction with writers gave impetus to Shiela Gujral to plunge whole-heartedly to the
writing field. She has many poetry anthologies to her credit. She keeps on writing and
publishing simultaneously in Hindi, English and Punjabi allowing her thoughts to flow down in any
language they like. Her poems and stories are included in various Hindi, Punjabi and English
anthologies both at home and abroad. Many of them have been translated in various
national and international languages. Shri K.S. Duggal, famous Punjabi writer has written a book
on her Ma boli di bukkal vich including her outstanding poems and short stories in it.
Suleman-Ul-Issa, a famous Syrian poet has translated her book Two Black Cinders into Arabic.
The resume of the pure literary activities is as follows:
Author of the following books:
1.Canvas of Life (English Poetry) '97 --Konark Publisher
2.Barf Ke Chehre (Hindi Poetry) '97 --Bhartiya Gyan Peeth
3.Throttled Dove (English Poetry) '95 --Harpin Collins
4.Jab Mai Na Rahun (Hindi Poetry) '95-Bhartiya Gyan Peeth
5.Sangli (Punjabi Poetry) '95 --Navyug Publishers
6.Mehak (Punjabi Short Stories) '92 --Navyug Publishers
7.Tapovan Mai Bavandar (Hindi Short
Stories) '92 --Bhartiya Gyan Peeth
8.Signature of Silence (English Poetry)
1st Edition 91 --Sterling Publishers
2nd Edition 91 --Konark Publishers
9.Nishwas (Hindi Poetry) --Hemkunt Prakashan
1st Edition 89
2nd Edition 97 --Star Publications
10. Niara Hindustan (Punjabi Poetry) '88 -- Hemkunt Prakashan
12. Hamara Parosi Soviet Pradesh(Hindi) '87 --Goversons Publishers
13. Amar Vel (Punjabi Poetry) '86 --Punjabi Writer Cooperative
14. Two Black Cinders (English Poetry)
1st Edition 85 --Allied Publishers
2nd Edition 02 --Allied Publishers
15. Khel Ghar (Hindi-One Act Play) --Raj Pal & Sons
1st Edition 84
Followed by many editions
16. Anu-Nad (Hindi Poetry) --Hindi Book Centre
1st Edition 83
2nd Edition 97
17. Sagar Tat Par (Hindi Poetry) --Hindi Book Centre
1st Edition 80
2nd Edition 97
18. Mera Pariwar (Hindi Poetry) --Arya Book Depot
1st edition 77
Followed by many editions
19. Suna De Ma (Punjabi Poetry) '76, 2003 ---Navyug Publishers
20. Ghungat Ke Pat (Hindi Poetry) 1974, 2000 --Atma Ram & Sons
1st Edition 74
2nd Edition 2000
21. Chalta Ja (Hindi Poetry) ---Atma Ram & Sons
1st Edition 73
2nd Edition 2000
22. Kathputli Nurse (Hindi stories) --Atma Ram & Sons
1st Edition 77
2nd Edition 80
3rd Edition 2000
23. Bal Geet (Hindi Poetry) '62 ---Atma Ram & Sons
24. Jagi Janta (Hindi Poetry) Dec. '62
(Chinese War Poems) --Atma Ram & Sons
25. Dada Nehru (English Biography) --S. Chand & Co.
followed by many editions 61
26. Dada Nehru (Hindi Biography) '61 --S. Chand & Co.
27. My years in the USSR Recollections ---MacMillan
& Revelations 2001
29. Dharti Ka Artnad (Hindi Poetry) 2004 --Bhartiya Gyan Peeth
30. Tell me Ma (English Poetry transcreated --Allied Publishers
from Suna De Ma 2004
31. Cosmic Murmur 2004 Allied Publishers
(Bi-lingual poetry Punjabi and Hindi)
32. So many Journeys 2006 ---Allied Publishers
her Punjabi books are published in
*Mama's Bank Account --- An American novel for teen-aged in
Hindi & Punjabi
*Russian Folk Tales --- Translated in Hindi from Russian
'Seema Raksha' on behalf of Citizens Council from January, 1963 to August, 1964. Free Lance writing
in both Hindi and English on social and educational problems, English anthology 'Two Black
Cinders' translated into Arabic by Suleman-Ul-Issa, a famous Poet of
Pereira, President, International Writers & Artists Association (IWA) translated many of her poems
in Spanish Uma Poeta Da
quoting many of her poems. Many of the poems and stories (Hindi and English) translated in various
National and International languages. She has addressed University gatherings both at home and
Won world of Poetry 'Golden Poet Award' 1989 and 1990, 'Nirala Award' 1989 for 'Nishwas', best Hindi
Poetry of the year
and 'Mahila Shiromani
Award' 1990. D.Litt
Editor's Choice Award for outstanding achievements in Poetry from The National Library of Poetry,
Award of Highest Honour for making outstanding contribution in the world of poetry, 1997, Shiromani
Sahitkar Award, 1998, Govt. of Punjab with cash prize of one lac along with the medal, Nirmala Award
for best poetry book of the year in Hindi ,'Delhi Ratan' the XVII State Intellectuals' Honour 1998.
Excellence in World Poetry Award 2003 by
and a few other journals both in Hindi, Punjabi and English have also bestowed honour on her.
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