Shelly Bhoil


Shelly Bhoil is a poet and research scholar in Tibetan Studies, living between (Simla) India and (Sao Paulo) Brazil. She has formerly taught in colleges of Delhi University and Amity University besides having a brief stint in IBN 7. She recently joined the galaxy of writers at Indian Express Online Women’s Portal.  

Her publications include her debut poetry book, An Ember from Her Pyre (Writers Workshop), academic essays in reputed international journals, and poetry in several journals such as Tayo literary magazine, Postcolonial Text, Himal Southasia, Dance Macabre, Blackmail Press, Asia Writes, Muse India and anthologies 40 Under 40, Poetry Israel, Poetry of Yoga, Indian Voices Vol I among others. She has edited Muse India’s online edition on Tibetan English writings in India with the exile historian Tsering Shakya (2014). She is currently co-editing two books of academic essays on Tibetan Exile Narratives (Lexington Books), her second poetry book titled Laatoo (the light bulb), and curating contemporary Himachali poetry in English and translation.

Shelly was an Honourable Mention in Finger Lake’s Environment Film Festival Checkpoint Story Competition in Ithaca University and the winner of the Tahoe Safe Alliance writing contest in 2011. She also received commendation prize in All India Poetry competition organised by the Poetry Society India with the British Council in 2016 and third position in Rabindranath Tagore international poetry contest 2016

As a Jury for poetry, Shelly will offer her advises for all the poems appearing in a month under “Jury’s Advise”. Her advices will benefit not only the poets who submit their poetry with #TellMeYourStory, but also general literature lovers who secretly write verses in closed diaries. Shelly’s warm mentorship will inspire many to come out of their shells and celebrate their talents.


#PoetsVerdict for November-2017


Light the Lamp

About the Author Published StoriesAbout Arushi ThakurArushi Thakur is an engineering student and nature lover. She's a reader and...

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‘Light the Lamp’ is a simple yet beautiful poem on inspiration that the student-poet, Arushi Thakur, derives from the phenomenal world around her. The lesson she learns in ‘the power of might’ through her observation of the unchanging, constant objects in the universe is worth it, and it speaks of the aspirations and zeal that prevails among the young community of student-poets.

#PoetsVerdict for October-2017


North East “India?”

About the Author Published StoriesAbout Roshni VijayRoshni is a creative writer who enjoys reading between the lines and writing...

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Roshni Vijay’s  short-poem ‘North East ‘India?’ ” plucks the uncomfortable geopolitical chords of India in its north-eastern region, and the issues of communal, racial, and ethnic biases that lay at the bottom of our nation’s understanding of ‘a people.’ Roshni brings to the limelight the superficiality of the polarities that plague our society through her unique style of parenthetical questions juxtaposed with the basic human assertions. Sample these:

In either black or white, we do not belong. (Aren’t you different shades, too?)or Our body and faces aren’t molded or cast (Is yours?)   In an interrogative spirit, the poem makes one reflect upon the uncalled power equation between the decision-makers and the people in question, and suggests a dismissal of the frail political and social boundaries/polarities

#PoetsVerdict for September-2017


Taxing a Woman

About the Author Published StoriesAbout Shilpi Das"Witch, scholar, poet, dreamer, and the rest..." Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Shilpi Das is...

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As the title speaks, ‘Taxing a Woman’ is a poem that aptly raises the uncomfortable question of taxes levied on women for being thinkers, dreamers, or independent. Shilpi Das’s poem lays bare the hypocrisy of present day men who are supposedly liberal, talk about “women autonomy,” and like to “court intelligent women” but not marry her. A wife with her own identity brings in him an “inferiority complex” and camouflages his “fragile ego.” An ideal wife is one, “who dreams through his eyes/thinks through his brain and/ feels through his heart/ who extinguishes the fire within her/ for the sake of standing by the culinary fire.” The poem opens in a unique style, which catches the attention of the readers and prompts to reflect at the unfair taxation system for gender in our society.

#PoetsVerdict for August-2017


Apologia Pro Vita Mea

About the Author Published StoriesAbout Rajnish MishraRajnish Mishra has a PhD in English literature and he has been active...

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Rajnish Misrha’s ‘Apologia pro vita mea’ is an outstanding contemporary experiment in dramatic monologue. The poet has successfully created a life-like character in the all-knowing and self-deceived speaker who attempts to justify domestic violence – I may have slapped her/not more than once/and lightly, tangentially – by masking and glorifying himself as “feminist” and liberal husband. But he meets his nemesis as she leaves him the next day after having “wept through the night” while he was “beside her/just seven inches away/separated by a wall.” True to the nature of dramatic monologue, the poem speaks for the wife who doesn’t get a chance to speak at all in the poem just like the duchess in Robert Browning’s ‘My Last Duchess.’

#PoetsVerdict for June-2017


The meadows

About the Author Published StoriesAbout Arya Kamal RoyArya Kamal Roy is a colourful person with contrasting traits that makes...

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‘The Meadows’ by Arya Kamal Roy is little bit of Wordsworthian kind of poem that paints the shades of nature in the poet’s quest for a lost lover. Just as one is tempted to stroll through meadows under the ‘mesmerising star studded firmament,’ one gets pricked by the poet-lover’s nostalgic obsession and perhaps haunting of these meadows. The lover’s inner landscape of ‘coveted conscience/ Lucubrated indefatigably with…far-fetched imagination’ comes to the foreground. And right then, reality meets illusion in a most heartbreaking yet therapeutic way, better summed up in the line from the poem – ‘Nullified and purified in spirit’!

#PoetsVerdict for May-2017


Blue Blooded Warrior

About the Author Published StoriesAbout Amaresh NathAmaresh Nath is a counselling psychologist by profession. Currently he is on a...

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A simple yet a loaded poem that embodies the spirit and robustness of bygone ages in the figure of a blue bloodied warrior and brings a sense of its loss and the lacklustre of our modern day lives that are overwhelming obsessed with technology. The last paragraph of the poem evokes but sympathy for the Royal descendants whose sheen of the past is eclipsed today by ‘typewriters, computers, and cell phones’.

#PoetsVerdict for April-2017


Much More

About the Author Published StoriesAbout Basant RajBasant Raj is an aspiring writer working in the advertising industry and searching...

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A self-motivated man’s quest for certainty in the world of ‘engineered social disparity’ brings out to him disillusionment and disbelief through the poet’s use of knockout metaphors in the poem ‘much more’. The irony in the last few lines evoking the lack of love as against the abundance of material/physical desires, ‘A species masturbating en-mass on paper fantasy/sadly all this while, love’s in absolute scarcity’, echoes the hollowness that inundates the world at large.