Facebook submit throws gentle on Shiv Batalvi’s old flame

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8

Shiv Batalvi’s love poems have impressed generations, however who impressed him, Punjab has puzzled all this whereas. The reply lastly struggles to come back out within the loss of life of Anusuya Singh, writer-publisher Gurbaksh Singh Preetlari’s youngest daughter, who handed away in Venezuela on Sunday at 84. 

A submit concerning the love affair between Anusuya and Shiv on Facebook web page ‘Kitab Trinjan’ has opened many lesser-known pages of the poet’s life. Even throughout her final go to to India, Anusuya visited Shiv’s household in Patiala.

The social media submit claims that she was the poet’s old flame. “Anusuya had an affair with Shiv, as claimed by the poet, and that her father did not approve of it. But it was always refuted by some members of her family as more of a myth created by the poet.”

Her household is now divided over the problem. Anusuya’s nephew’s spouse, Poonam Singh, who’s now the editor of ‘Preetlari’ journal, denies that Gurbaksh opposed the wedding between Shiv and Anusuya. “Anu had spoken to me at length about all these things. She was asked by her father if she wanted to marry Shiv, to which she said no. Then he told her that she must study further. Anu told me that she could not see herself as Shiv’s wife. She was not even 20 when her first husband committed suicide.”

Poonam says until her final days she made it some extent to take a look at a star saying that was Shiv, and through her final go to to India she requested them to accompany her to fulfill his household in Patiala. 

“She talked to me in detail about the passion. I will say this in her defence that she was a passionate person. So too are many men. Why does a woman have to be punished for eternity? No, Shiv did not create a myth, but should have been more sporting perhaps…definitely he was hurt and felt bad.”

Poonam writes that Gurbaksh at all times stood by all his daughters. “Even the eldest confided to me. He may not have wanted the eldest to get married to a Muslim and leave India. There were other things too. His daughter Protima married a Hindu Bengali Communist and daughter Urmila married Communist Jagjit Singh Anand, again an inter-caste love marriage.” 

Commenting on the submit, Sukirat Anand, nephew of Anusuya’s (her elder sister Urmila’s son), says, “She did not have a passionate affair with Shiv; it was more a myth created by Shiv. And I say this with some authority as in 2003 I had a long chat with her about this. I have no reason to doubt her version as she was a frank person with Western sensibilities.” 


Taught English in Venezuela

Most of her life, Anusuya taught English at Merida University in Venezuela. She was from the primary batch of the Patrice Lumumba People’s Friendship University of Russia (PFU) in 1960. The PFU was established in 1960 to offer increased schooling to Third World college students. In college, she fell in love with Raul Jesus Estevez Laprea, who was then finding out physics. In 1965, they moved to Venezuela. Both taught at Merida University. 


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