Tribune News Service
Amritsar, December 9
Her stories usually stray from the cliche of being damsels in distress, her perspective presenting a new narrative of women and concept of right and wrong.
Punjabi writer Arvinder Kaur Dhaliwal has been writing for quite a few years now, but her first achievement and most significant one, in the literary field came recently.
A professor at PG Department of Punjabi, DAV College, she has been awarded the Principal Sujan Singh Yadagari Award for her special contribution to Punjabi stories. Conferred with a trophy, shawl and cash prize, Dhaliwal was presented the award by Sahitya Kendra, Gurdaspur and Central Punjabi Writers Assembly, Punjab.
Calling it her acceptance in the Punjabi literary circle, Arvinder said that she was glad that her work was recognised. “I was given the award for my contribution in Punjabi writing in 2020. I started my journey in the drama criticism genre, and translated the works of Pakistani theatre thespians Madeeha Gauhar and Shahid Nadeem. But recently, I started writing short stories, choosing to write about subjects that appeal me,” she said. Last year, her short story on life of people who work at cremation grounds titled ‘Vaiden Kaiye Kis’, based on a quote by Baba Farid, was widely acclaimed. This year, her story based on the theme of a woman wronged and her revenge, titled ‘Jebqatri’ will be out. She calls her transformation from being a drama critic to a spontaneous writer. Her husband and noted theatre thespian Kewal Dhaliwal is the fountain of inspiration for her.
“My stories are not aggressively feminist but also do not have sulking women, who are okay with the idea of suppression, whether emotional or otherwise. I write about new age woman, with a new perspective that was probably not there before, leaving all the judgments and assumptions behind,” she shared.