Simran Dhaliwal is a foremost name among the younger generation of Punjabi fiction writers. He was born in the last decade of the twentieth century and raised in a farming family in a village near the border town of Patti in Tarn Taran District, Punjab, India. He earned a Masters in Punjabi literature from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Presently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Regional Campus of the same University at Patti.
Dhaliwal emerged as a promising writer of fiction almost at the very beginning of his literary career. His stories caught instant attention and received admiration from readers and critics alike. ‘Aas Aje Baaqi Hai’, his first short story publication was conferred a prestigious award for young writers from the Indian Academy of Letters, ‘Sahitya Akademi’. Simran Dhaliwal has published four books, among which ‘Aas Aje Baaqi Hai’ and ‘Us Pal’ are short story collections. ‘Sat Pariaan’ and ‘Safaid Pari Ate Oanchhi’ are children’s story books.
Set in the prevailing socio-economic environment, stories penned by Simran Dhaliwal search deep into the complex layers of the human mind. The central theme of these stories gets woven around the daily realities of life bringing into focus the impact of variant circumstances on the mental conditions of people. The characters in his stories are ordinary people who are faced with critical and threatening socio-economic, cultural and psychological situations. They struggle to come out of those situations, often getting defeated, but never exhausting chances of winning. The subject matter of his stories is captivating as they range from individual dreams to the realities of globalization.