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I am a Canadian teacher, Creative writing is my passion. My early years were spent in India, and later in the Middle East. I am finally settled in Canada, and enjoying my profession as a teacher. Writing is my first passion, but I also immensely enjoy music and art.

In the beginning of 2020, I have published a collection of poems on amazon, called "Without Me, Without You".

A Reader's comment about the book: Beautifully vivid, and delightful verses! Malabika’s gift with words can be compared to an artist expressing beauty and feelings on canvas with paint and brush. Verses I can read in mid winter and feel spring in my heart.

I write equally in two languages - definitely in English, and also in Bengali, which is a regional language in the eastern part of India. I have translated a few famous Bengali poems (mainly by Rabindranath Tagore) in English, and hope to publish a collection in future. 

 

 

 

 

 


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Blog Posted:5/24/2020 7:14:00 PM
This is such a defining moment for me, a beginning of a new journey, to be able to connect with poetry-lovers like myself! This blog is supposed to be mostly about poetry, but everything else I am passionate about, is connected with poetry, although I didn’t know that two years ago!!!
 
Does that sound very odd? My life turned a corner two years before, and I realized, my first and foremost  passion is writing, and writing poetry. As a child, and as a teenager, I was an introvert, and basically a bookworm. The only thing I wished for, were books, and I used to devour them as quickly as I could. Along with reading a lot, I loved writing - but at that time, it was mainly prose! My love for writing started with writing journals, and writing letters. Yes, letters! Even before I reached my teens, I had pen friends in countries far away, and in those days technology did not make our life as comfortable as we have right now. I guess, my letters were quite poetic and charming, because my friends preserved my letters even after I stopped writing to them (unfortunately postages were expensive)! 
 
 
Then came the life when life was not poetic any more! I forgot reading love-stories, I forgot pouring my emotions in journals or diaries.  Many many years passed! I travelled and lived in a few countries, and absorbed the cultures of those exotic places. Was poetry always there in my passive imagination? Probably it was! Because one day two years earlier, one of my childhood friends who I almost lost, wrote to me , “ hi there! How many books have you published?”
 
That communication woke me up, it ignited the spark I needed! The memories from my childhood came back, I remembered who I was, and not exactly sure how, in an emotional moment I wrote my first poem! That poem was actually pretty good, may be one of the best of what I have written so far! After that first poem, I realized what my real passion is! And poems started coming one after another, every day! Sometimes I got up at midnight, and thought about some lines! And then I thought - I have to write this right now, otherwise these lines will slip away! 
 
Now, everything I do (I have quite a few interests) - music, recitation, art which involves painting, copper-tooling, Faberge-inspired eggshell decorations, and a lot more - is connected with the world of poetry. I would love to share my experiences - early years of my life in India, later in Qatar, and my present experiences in Canada. I am back to my bookworm personality - during this world-wide pandemic, I read “The Plague” by Albert Camus. It is such an eye-opening classic - can’t imagine how the residents of a small town of Algeria handled a terrible epidemic seventy-five years ago, during which the gates of the city were closed to the outside world, and half of the population of that city suffered from that horrific disease and disappeared from the face of the earth. 
 
A few other tragic incidents in this recent period of crisis inspired me to write a few more poems, although I felt, those incidents are real, they are about the indescribable sufferings of real people - would writing a poem lessen any misery? 
 
I am extremely delighted that on this page I am able to connect with friends who look at the world the same way as I do. 
 
 
 
 

 

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Date: 5/27/2020 8:49:00 PM
Mala, welcome to PS! We look forward to learning more about you through your poetry and being a mutually supportive community of writers. Thank you for giving your background and writing history in the blog. Always nice to have another teacher! Feel free to ask any questions as you get to know your way around. Let's grow together ~ John
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Date: 5/28/2020 7:52:00 AM
Hi John! So nice to meet you! Of course we will be encouraging and supporting each other in our journey. I am glad to share my story, looking forward to reading your poems. That's a very kind and beautiful offer - I will be more than happy to ask you questions, at this point sometimes I feel lost! Definitely - let's grow together!
Date: 5/25/2020 10:36:00 PM
Welcome to Soup, Mala! I look forward to reading your poetry. It sounds like you are more than ready to share your experiences, heart and soul. I've been here off and on for about eight years. Whenever I leave, I always find my way back because of this amazing, supportive poetry family. I'm sure you will feel the same!
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Date: 5/26/2020 9:56:00 AM
Hi Rhonda, so glad to meet you! I am not entirely new to the poetry-world, but I joined PoetrySoup only recently! Writing is my passion - both prose and poetry! Hope you like my poems and my blog! I don't mind getting positive criticism, how am I going to improve otherwise? I will look forward to reading your poems - yes, looks like I am in the right place!
Date: 5/25/2020 9:42:00 AM
Welcome to Poetry Soup where you can be inspired and encouraged as much as you want. I look forward to reading more on your blog and your poems!
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Date: 5/25/2020 10:12:00 AM
Excellent! That's what I am looking forward to - to be encouraged and inspired! I am so glad to be connected with you and my other fellow poets! Looking forward to reading your poems too! Thank you.
Date: 5/25/2020 5:48:00 AM
Delightful share Mala! I look forward to reading some of your work. Welcome to Soup! ~Maureen
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Date: 5/25/2020 6:27:00 AM
Hi Maureen, it's great to know you! Thank you so much for welcoming me. I will look forward to reading your lovely poems.
Date: 5/25/2020 5:37:00 AM
your genuine thoughts and poetic flair is flowing into my heart and waking my mind to feel the pulse of your true words, dear poetess! what you have spilled in beauty resonates with my very soul.. i feel the profusion of your soul, the depth of inner self, the strength of your connection.. so pleased to read you, Mala! and looking forward to reading your poetry.. warmest wishes, regards and blessings.
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Date: 5/25/2020 6:33:00 AM
Hi Besma, it's a real pleasure to get to know you. I am so glad that, through our blogs, we will be able to exchange our thoughts and feelings. I can already see the beauty of your expressions. Thank you for connecting with me.
Date: 5/25/2020 5:31:00 AM
At last you found your home (POETRY SOUP) dear Mala. We are so lucky having you here...to explore, to soar and to grow together poetically! We are so much excited to read what your heart can offer. You are a gem,dear friend.
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Date: 5/25/2020 6:38:00 AM
Hello Dear Friend! Yes, yes, yes. I am feeling so fortunate to be here and to be able to grow together with all of you! See how many lovely friends I have already made! Really looking forward to stay connected with my poet-friends at Soup! Thank you.
Date: 5/25/2020 1:04:00 AM
Poets speak from experience...sounds like your treasure chest is ready to explode...thx, Mala. Tell us your poetic stories... :)
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Date: 5/25/2020 6:17:00 AM
This is so true - poets speak from experience - thank you, Wayne. Actually I can't wait to tell the stories I have experienced in different countries! I think, most of my poems tell stories - about family, love, relationships, status of women, even sorrow and sadness mixed with hope. I can assure you - there's more to share!
Date: 5/24/2020 11:38:00 PM
Welcome, Mala, to our humble little corner of the world. School teaching is a noble profession. We could use one more around here.
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Date: 5/25/2020 6:24:00 AM
Thank you so much, Keith, for a warm welcome. This world of ours is not a humble world, this is where I would want to belong. You are very right - teaching is a great profession, and I really enjoy it! Perhaps this is one job, people wouldn't want to leave. But poetry is where I can pour my heart!

My Past Blog Posts

 
A Sleeping Beauty - Translation From Rabindranath Tagore
Date Posted: 6/30/2020 6:16:00 PM
Childhood Memories - A Poetic Inspiration
Date Posted: 6/22/2020 7:22:00 AM
Translation From Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel-Laureate in 1913)
Date Posted: 6/12/2020 6:20:00 AM
A Rare Art, A Poetic Inspiration - Part 2
Date Posted: 6/5/2020 7:54:00 AM
A Rare Art, A Poetic Inspiration
Date Posted: 5/29/2020 5:29:00 PM
Mala's Space
Date Posted: 5/24/2020 7:14:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
7/4/2020 Time Free verselove,time,
6/30/2020 A Sleeping Beauty Narrativeangel,fantasy,princess,
6/25/2020 A Voiceless Scribe Narrativebest friend,growing up,me
6/23/2020 In Snowflakes I behold Lyriclife,silence,
6/19/2020 Abandoned Narrativecelebration,father daught
6/19/2020 Gifts Lyrichappiness,nature,
6/18/2020 Pretence Makes My Day Versedesire,how i feel,love,
6/12/2020 An Ordinary Girl Narrativelife,loss,
6/12/2020 Morning Whispers Free versenature,rain,
6/9/2020 My Garden, A Stage Lyricflower,garden,
6/8/2020 Let's All Breathe Free versediscrimination,humanity,l
6/3/2020 When I Was In Portugal Verselove,romantic,
6/3/2020 Clouds Haikucolor,nature,rain,
6/3/2020 Raindrops Versememory,nature,rain,
6/2/2020 Metamorphosis Free verseinspiration,love,
5/30/2020 Has Spring Arrived For Me Lyriclonging,spring,
5/29/2020 A Promise Lyriclonging,love,
5/28/2020 Falling Lyricdecember,night,snow,
5/27/2020 The Tale Of A Yellow Poncho Narrativeangel,lost love,
5/26/2020 In Silent Prayer Free verseautumn,garden,nature,
5/26/2020 Ride In The Subway For Twenty-Five Days Narrativehope,uplifting,
5/25/2020 I Will Rise Lyricemotions,inspiration,wome
5/24/2020 The World Wouldn't Be The Same Free verse7th grade,8th grade,morni
5/22/2020 With Your Eyes Lyriclonging,love,nature,
5/15/2020 Never Reached Home Free verse11th grade,12th grade,sad
5/13/2020 The World Without My Glasses Lyrichow i feel,introspection,
5/10/2020 The Yellow Curtain Free verselove,mothers day,prayer,
5/7/2020 In The Fragility Of Dreams Lyrichope,life,

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Last Petal Free versefunny love,
I will be the stars Free verse1st grade,beauty,bible,je
The Garden That Lives On Shapegarden,
In your lockup Rhymecute love,love,passion,
Abandoned Free verseflower,garden,lost love,r
The Strength of a Princess Versedream,fantasy,night,princ
Fascination Versehappiness,heart,
Separated By A Common Language Rhymeamerica,england,language,
Find me then Verselove,sunset,
A Bullfrog's Croak Quatrain10th grade,11th grade,9th
Reflections in Silence - Moon and I Free verseanalogy,life,philosophy,

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Besma Riabi Dziri Tunisia Flag Tunisia Read
Pigeon Tart Canada Flag Canada Read
Jeanne McGee United States Flag United States Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
John Watt United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Aditi Mishra India Flag India Read
Darlene De Beaulieu Canada Flag Canada Read
Vijay Pandit United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman Australia Flag Australia Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Debjani Mitra India Flag India Read
Mark Toney United States Flag United States Read
Nandita Das India Flag India Read
Funom Makama Germany Flag Germany Read
Silent One United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Anisha Dutta India Flag India Read