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Mrs. Shiela Gujral

Bio-Profile of
Mrs. Shiela Gujral

Mrs. Shiela Gujral, an eminent writer and poet, was born and educated at Lahore. She got her Masters Degree in Economics & Diploma in Journalism from Punjab University.

She married Shri I.K.Gujral, a great student leader of their times in 1945 and shifted to Karachi where 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 Delhi she joined as a lecturer of Economics for some time but could not pursue it for long because of her deep involvement in the plight of refugee children.

Entering the field of child welfare activities in Delhi, she wrote quite a few poems, stories, skits and educative articles 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 Mothers’ Congress at Lausanne in 1955 and later during her visit to Soviet Union in 1960 as a part of a four-member Cultural team, she widened 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.

Later, as President of Delhi Parents Teachers’ Association, Vice President of both NPTA and Zakir Hussain Society, she set up a number of schools and organised recreation camps for children. Earlier also she worked in honorary capacity at Modern School for 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 clean and improve their environment.

During her husband’s Ambassadorship to USSR from 1976-80, she tried to do her little bit for her pet projects on her annual visits to Delhi. In Moscow, she revived the dormant 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 Chancery to be used for humanitarian cause.

Back home, she took keen interest in Lekhika Sangh (Women Writers’ Association). As President of this organisation form 1981-86, she organised meetings, seminars, joint publications of women writers and book exhibitions revitalised the organisation.

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. Many of them have been translated in various national and international languages.

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)’91- Sterling Publishers
  9. Nishwas (Hindi Poetry) ‘89 - Hemkunt Prakashan
  10. Niara Hindustan (Punjabi Poetry)’88 - Hemkunt Prakashan
  11. Asian Republics: USSR ‘87 - Goverdhan Publishers
  12. Hamara Parosi Soviet Pradesh (Hindi)’87 - Goverdhan Publishers
  13. Amar Vel (Punjabi Poetry)’86 - Punjabi Writer Cooperative
  14. Two Black Cinders (English Poetry)’85 - Allied Publishers
  15. Khel Ghar (Hindi-One Act Play)’84 - Raj Pal & Sons
  16. Anu-Nad (Hindi Poetry)’83 - Hindi Book Centre
  17. Sagar Tat Par (Hindi Poetry)’80 - Hindi Book Centre
  18. Mera Pariwar (Hindi Poetry)’77 - Arya Book Depot
  19. Suna De Ma (Punjabi Poetry )’76 - Navyug Publishers
  20. Ghungat Ke Pat (Hindi Poetry )’74 - Atma Ram & Sons
  21. Chalta Ja (Hindi Poetry)’73 - Atma Ram & Sons
  22. Kathputli Nurse (Hindi Poetry)’70 - Atma Ram & Sons
  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)’61 - S. Chand & Co.
  26. Dada Nehru (Hindi Biography)’61 - S. Chand & Co.

Two of her Punjabi books are published in Pakistan (Urdu and Gurmukhi script side by side).


  • Mama’s Bank Account - An American novel for teen-aged in Hindi & Punjabi.
  • Russian Folk Tales - Translation 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 Syria. Some of the poems and stories (Hindi and English ) translated in various National and International Conferences and has addressed University gatherings at home and abroad.

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 for World Academy of Art & Culture ‘92, Editor’s Choice Award for outstanding achievements in Poetry from The National Library of Poetry, Maryland (USA) ‘ 95, Huh Nansolhoen Poetry Highest Award (Korea) ‘97. Soka University (Japan) Award of Highest Honour for making outstanding contribution in the world of poetry, 1997, Shiromani Sahitkar Award, 1998, Govt. of Punjab, ‘Delhi Ratan’ the XVII State Intellectuals’ Honour 1998.

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Bio-Profile :
Mr. Inder Kr. Gujral

Bio-Profile :
Mrs. Shiela Gujral

Excerpts from the book "A Foreign Policy for India"

Selected Speeches

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