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This book begins with a glimpse of pre-partition Lahore with its tense atmosphere of communal riots and the mass exodus of Hindu’s and Sikhs. Slowly the scene shifts to Dehradun where the writer had his schooling to Delhi University where he did his college and then to Shimla and the hills of Himachal Pradesh where he spent his life and career as a civil servant
Written with the intent of appealing to readers of all ages; including school and college boys and girls, students aspiring or preparing for the Civil Services, people working in responsible positions, retirees and pensioners etc., Garden of My Life is a pictorial autobiography of a civil servant’s spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions recollected in tranquility.
With his family as the ‘focal point’ of his world, Lahore as his ‘Janam Bhumi’, Dehradun as his ‘Home Town’, Delhi University as his ‘Alma Mater’, Shimla and Himachal Pradesh on the whole as his ‘Karam Bhumi’ and the whole world as his ‘stage’ he narrates “some meetha some khatta and some kadwa” incidents from his lifetime of experience spanning over more than seventy years.
Vijay Bansal was born in pre-partition Lahore on 4th September, 1942 in a large middle class joint Hindu Family. His father was a known Barrister practising Income Tax & Company Law. The family comprising of his parents, six brothers and one sister moved to Dehradun in 1947 when Hindi-Muslim riots were at its peak. His father re-established himself and the family in a nice bungalow in Dalanwala in a house known and named as “Shanta Place” after his mother’s name which is presently sold and converted to the Sharda Nursing Home.
Vijay did his Senior Cambridge in 1957 and went on to the reputed Hindu College at University of Delhi to complete his B.A. (Honours) & M.A. in English before appearing for the IAS Examination in 1965. He served for about thirty five years in various responsible positions in the State of Himachal Pradesh besides one stint on deputation to Delhi as Director in the Joint Intelligence Wing of the Cabinet Secretariat.
He has a literary and patriotic bent of mind and has written several poems and articles before embarking upon his maiden venture of writing a pictorial autobiography after fifteen years of his superannuation. Garden of My Life is a complete life- cycle of his lifetime of experience through the journey of life with his family, friends and foes, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances.
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