An Ode to Shimla

By Sanjeev Bansal

Sanjeev Bansal’s exquisite poems are epistles to the past, reflections upon the future and heartbreaking meditations upon the metaphysics of daily transcendence. One of the most subtly imaginative poets, Bansal bravely transcribes his love for the hilly terrains of Shimla into the charged intersections of love and rejection, nature and religion, loss and renewal. His poems are lucid snapshots developed in a subtle amalgam of memory and intuition. Lyrical and linguistically inventive and yet faithful to poesy of European gloom, Bansal investigates complex personal history, family and romantic love in carefully sculpted lines, thereby making his poetry an odyssey at once metaphorically and emphatically real.

Sanjeev Bansal
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Sanjeev Bansal was born in Ludhiana, Punjab in 1989. Since his sophomore year at the Jaypee University at Solan, near Shimla hills, he wrote on every day basis in his diaries for his one-sided love for a girl, Maya, that ended painfully after lasting for 7 long years. Sanjeev’s first novel Untimely Dream: Maya published in 2014. In the fall of 2015, Blackbuck publications accepted his second novel Queen of Ember & her Dead Priest. Sanjeev continued to write short verses, poems that are deeply personal, with the determination to create art, emotions and feelings out of real life experiences. Currently, he works for Punjab Energy Development Agency in Chandigarh. His weekends are mostly spent in the hilly terrains of Shimla, and he can’t imagine life without ice creams.