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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. 






A Rare Art, A Poetic Inspiration

Blog Posted:5/29/2020 5:29:00 PM

Hello Friends, in my first post, I talked about my passions for art and music. Sometimes I can’t decide what I am most passionate about - is it writing, is it art, or is it music, or is it cooking? at some point, I was extremely interested in cooking. Actually after a long long time of real life with raising a family, I started my ambitious journey of a writer with  a cooking blog, documenting Indian recipes from my grandmother’s kitchen. 


Today my story is about a rare art form which originated in Russia. I spent hours and hours in the middle of a busy schedule when I was raising my children, on a rare form of art - actually extremely rare.  It is the art of Eggshell Decoration - inspired by Faberge, a Russian Jeweller, who used to create these out-of-The-world gifts for Russian Czar Alexander The Third who presented them to his wife and mother on special occasions like birthdays or wedding anniversaries. The first egg was created in 1885. Faberge created those amazing pieces with gold, and decorated them with diamonds, rubies, and other precious gems. They were egg-shaped, and had intricate designs inside and on them. Till now, some of those creations are the prized possessions of many royal families all over the world. 


The art I learned is Faberge-inspired, but my creations are not made of gold, or decorated with precious gems. My creations are made with real eggshells - Goose, Rhea, Emu, Ostrich, and even humble Chicken. I am posting a few pictures of my creations along with this blog, to give you some idea how those decorations look like. You will see ten pictures of my creations with cut and decorated eggshells. 


 When I joined the class, and the teacher brought a sample of a Goose Eggshell Jewellery Box, I could not believe my eyes. It took me a few months to learn the techniques, but at last  I was successful of creating the first three eggs in three months. 


Where did I learn this craft? I have to say I was fortunate enough to live in an exotic country called Qatar, in the Persian Gulf. We were there for thirteen years, and I had the privilege of joining the club for the employees of Qatar National Oil company, and it had a tiny section for craft-classes, only for women. 


A few ladies from Britain started the club, and they had five different craft-classes for five days of the week. At this point, you might wonder - how come these women were engaged in art on weekday mornings! That’s the interesting part of living in the Middle East. Very few women used to work, or had real jobs, especially the women who were expatriates from other countries, they were there with their husbands. And the women of the soil? They didn’t need to work.   


To make the story short, one of those classes was about Eggshell Decorations. Someone from UK once lived there, and taught this art to a group of women club-members. Even after she left, the tradition continued; others took over, and the class did not stop. I was there at the right time at the right place, and had the opportunity to learn this exquisite art form. At that time I was crazy about this intricate art. So crazy that in between my cooking, cleaning, teaching my own children, I kept working on the very fragile eggshells, and my cabinet was getting full with so many of the creations. I was almost obsessed, and looked for paints, stones, crystals, everywhere. Forgot to mention, the cleaned eggshells used to be supplied by a craft-store in England, and they were delivered by mail. 


When I came to Canada to live permanently, all I was carrying in my handbag, were eggshell decorations, almost thirty of them. And let me tell you, they came in one piece. So fragile, but so precious! The airlines and airports were not that panicked about safety at that time, I am fortunate that they let me carry all those precious artefacts, and didn’t even ask me a lot of questions, or didn’t break the shells to find out if there was anything suspicious inside. 


To describe the process in a nutshell, the eggshells are painted, usually decorated with decoupaged pictures, or shiny crystals (you can be creative using materials of your choice), and then cut into various shapes with a craft-drill, work on the lining (usually silk and lace) inside, cover the edges with golden or silver trims, and ultimately varnish them with mat or glossy finish.


I am going to stop here today. In my next blog, I can talk about each of the creations shown in the pictures I posted, and perhaps a little more about the history of Faberge Eggs. Don't forget to look at the pictures posted. I was having hard time to post them, at last I figured out how. Thanks everyone!



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Date: 6/1/2020 3:24:00 PM
So beautiful! It tells a lot about the Artist in you.. the gifted poetess and the sensitive spirit you are, Malabika! I used to create pieces of decoration from sea shells, I collect them from beaches.. now I have other passions that captivated my soul.. so enchanted by your unique creativity! My deepest regards and blessings.
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Date: 5/31/2020 8:27:00 AM
Hi Mala, These are beautiful creations-you are a truly gifted artist.. the only eggs I can make are scrambled best wishes, Anthony
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Date: 5/31/2020 9:05:00 AM
Hi Anthony, thank you so much for visiting my blog! It’s a privilege to share with so many talented poets and artists. I am sure you would definitely be able to make Faberge-inspired eggs if you were there! I had great teachers!
Date: 5/30/2020 4:12:00 AM
I love the 4th and last the most. Your love for art is depicted in these little treasures and your craftsmanship is simply superb! The story is itself a gem. You are a rare artist and a poet dear Mala. You inspired me in a way that no one ever did! Thank you for sharing the other side of you.
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Date: 5/30/2020 9:15:00 AM
Your choice is very special, my dear friend, because you yourself is a talented artist. I can see that the decoupaged roses in picture 4, appealed to you. And the last one is very special, firstly because it is an Ostrich Eggshell, secondly the colouring and the peacock pattern was done the same way as we do Batik (using melted wax) painting on fabric. I did not cut the eggshell, I loved the texture of the eggshell as it is! Thank you - all of you are inspiring me to be a better poet and a better artist!
Date: 5/30/2020 3:35:00 AM
A poiema gifting indeed Malabika.
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Date: 5/30/2020 9:06:00 AM
So glad you enjoyed my creations (in pictures)! It is a rare art, and I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to learn it. Thanks so much, Brian, for visiting my blog.
Date: 5/29/2020 10:02:00 PM
No.2 and No. 4.... delightful :-)
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Date: 5/30/2020 9:03:00 AM
The decorations, you have mentioned, are pretty special. Used a special technique for painting the second one - wrapped the shell with onion skin and boiled in water. The letter-R- on the top is the first letter of my son's name. Used a special technique of decoupage to create the roses on the top. Thank you so much.
Date: 5/29/2020 6:27:00 PM
Mala, how beautiful these creations are! I am most fond of the one on the left (black and gold), for my eyes are always drawn towards black and the way it enhances almost every other color. It appears that the 3rd picture is the same egg only opened? So much care and talent went into creating these intricate masterpieces. Thank you for sharing! ~ John
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Date: 5/30/2020 8:59:00 AM
So glad, John, you enjoyed looking at the pictures! Yes, the third egg is the same as the first one, it's just the cut and the inside are pretty intricate. I had hard time doing the lining, but this is one of my best creations. I love black and gold too, because that combination enhances the beauty. I am very very pleased to share these creations with you. In my next blog, I plan to explain all the details of these decorations. Thank you.

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