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Creative writing is my passion from a young age. After spending many years of teaching as a profession, finally I am devoting myself to my passions - Poetry, Singing, and Art. I also write short stories. 

 My early years were spent in India, and some later years in the Middle East. I am finally settled in Canada. Writing comes first, but I also learn, practise and enjoy music and art. I am an avid reader from my early childhood - read both epic and modern writers - from Iliad, Odyssey and Shakespeare to P.G. Wodehouse, to Elena Ferrante and Kazuo Ishiguro. The book which is always on my desk is Gitanjali, the collection of spiritual songs by Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel-laureate Poet Of India.


Poetry is an expression of thoughts, feelings and reflections. My life-experiences get expressed in my poems and short stories. I prefer expressing  my reflections and thoughts with creativity and depth - poetic flow and elegance are my goals. At present I am working on a memoir which covers my family's history and my life in three different countries with rich and varied cultures. 


I write equally in two languages -  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 posted them on PoetrySoup. Hope to publish a collection of translations in future.

I create videos with my own poems and poems by famous writers, and also create audio-books from English and Bengali literature. I post them on You Tube, where I have created my own channel.

Channel URL for You Tube

I work on a few forms of rare art - eggshell decorations, copper-tooling and batik are some of them. 

Here are the links to my translations of Rabindranath Tagore's Poems: (Finally Saved - Part 1) (Fianlly Saved - Part 2) (Fianally Saved - Part 3) (Freed From My Shacles) (Deception - Part 1) (Deception - Part 2)

(Banalata Sen)
(Invention Of Shoes - Part 1)
(Invention Of Shoes - Part 2)
(Sleeping Beauty)
(An Ordinary Girl)
Below is a link to my YOU TUBE Channel. You may subscribe to this channel, where I post recitation of my poems, poems from Rabindranath Tagore, and also songs (rendered by myself) composed by Tagore. Please click on my picture at the bottom of the video - you will find my channel. Channel URL is at the bottom of this post.

Channel URL for You Tube



A Few Words About My Contest - Inspired By A Translation

Blog Posted:11/9/2021 6:22:00 AM

Dear Soupers,

I am really thrilled to sponsor this contest - “Inspired by a Translation “. Already receiving some exquisite poems.

Dear Friends, please read and follow the instructions. At the bottom of your poem, please mention the title and the author (original and translator) of the poem you are inspired with. If you are reading the original poem in another language, and not the translation, please mention that too.

Thank you so much. Looking forward to reading many brilliant poems - how exciting!

Take care,


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Date: 11/11/2021 5:22:00 AM
Hi Mala, does this mean that if I want to write a poem inspired by another poem in a language I know, is it ok? Because I checked out the English translations available online, and they aren't as inspirational as the original...
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 11/11/2021 5:56:00 AM
Hi Jo, I think, I mentioned that if you can read that language, that’s great. Only rule you need to follow - don’t translate that poem, write a poem of your own, inspired by a poem in another language. Looking forward to reading great poetry! Best ~ Mala
Date: 11/10/2021 2:43:00 PM
Hi Mala, can the poem be translated by me? IOW, if it's in a different language but not previously translated, is that okay?
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 11/10/2021 4:47:00 PM
Dear Friend, the contest is “Inspired By A Translation “…and that’s what I asked for. I am assuming other poets are following that rule. Sorry, this time let’s follow what is originally asked for. I will be looking forward to reading your entry. Best wishes ~ Mala
Date: 11/9/2021 7:25:00 AM
Mala, thanks for this, I edited my poem so hopefully it meets your requirements and I hope you like the poem ~ love and serenity _Constance
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 11/9/2021 2:06:00 PM
Thanks, Constance. No worries, yours is always perfect. Love ~ Mala

My Past Blog Posts

A Few Words About My Contest - Inspired By A Translation
Date Posted: 11/9/2021 6:22:00 AM
Translations - Empowering Women In Nineteenth Century India
Date Posted: 10/14/2021 3:32:00 PM
"MERSE - Beauty Of Fall" Contest Results Finalized
Date Posted: 9/24/2021 5:00:00 PM
MERSE Poetry Contest
Date Posted: 8/31/2021 4:07:00 PM
Results Finalized For Contest - A Tender Moment From Childhood
Date Posted: 7/1/2021 4:31:00 PM
My "Sunflower" Poetry Contest - A Few Words
Date Posted: 5/21/2021 9:34:00 AM
Translations From Nobel-Laureate Poet Of India
Date Posted: 4/12/2021 4:20:00 PM
How To Attach Pictures To Your Poems (some helpful instructions)
Date Posted: 3/27/2021 3:49:00 PM
My Contest - Moments Of Reflection (Haibun)
Date Posted: 3/26/2021 7:36:00 PM
My Contest - I Remember
Date Posted: 3/8/2021 4:02:00 PM
An Experience Of Faberge-inspired Rare Eggshell Art (Video)
Date Posted: 2/7/2021 6:08:00 PM
Deception - Translation from Rabindranath Tagore
Date Posted: 7/26/2020 5:45:00 AM
Books, Art, Food - My Dream Vacation
Date Posted: 7/12/2020 5:36:00 PM
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
11/28/2021 Yet A Sublime Bliss Pantoumsnow,winter,world,
11/28/2021 In Every Snowflake I Behold Imagismcelebration,snow,
11/27/2021 Magical Snow Pantoumcelebration,love,nature,s
11/26/2021 Snowing Xmas Versechristmas,family,love,
11/23/2021 Writing Unwraps My Soul - POTD Free verselife,writing,
11/18/2021 Promise Forgotten Haibunart,i miss you,loss,
11/11/2021 World Of Ultramarine Rhymeimagination,sky,
11/11/2021 One Last Rose Free versefarewell,nature,rose,
11/11/2021 holiday solitude Haikucolor,nature,
11/7/2021 River Flows Free verseriver,time,
11/5/2021 FINALLY SAVED Part 3 - Translation From Rabindranath Tagore Free versefather daughter,marriage,
11/5/2021 FINALLY SAVED Part 2 - TRANSLATION FROM RABINDRANATH TAGORE Free versefather daughter,love,marr
11/5/2021 FINALLY SAVED PART 1 - TRANSLATION FROM RABINDRANATH TAGORE Free versefather daughter,love,marr
11/1/2021 A Beauty Unimaginable - AP Free versebeauty,sky,
10/31/2021 Dream Catchers Free versedream,life,
10/30/2021 Soulful Of Feelings Free versemountains,ocean,song,spir
10/29/2021 Defiant Blue Rhymenature,sky,
10/19/2021 I Love You Free verselove,soulmate,
10/18/2021 Drizzle Of Rain Free versebird,love,rain,
10/17/2021 Your Garden - Translation Free verseflower,garden,sea,
10/15/2021 Night Visitor Haikunight,silence,
10/11/2021 Freed From My Shackles - Translation From Tagore Free versefreedom,women,
10/11/2021 Home, Sweet Home Free versepoverty,sorrow,
10/10/2021 Life's Crushed Roses Versedream,life,uplifting,
10/8/2021 Thanksgiving At Granma's Nursery Rhyme Rhymefamily,thanksgiving,
10/6/2021 Never Forget Rubaiyatlove,nature,
10/5/2021 Missing You Free verselove,romantic,
9/30/2021 Something Old, Something New Free versechildhood,first love,love
9/28/2021 Bring Me Home Rhymechildhood,memory,
9/27/2021 Quest Free versehistory,life,peace,
9/24/2021 Pathos Free versememory,pain,
9/22/2021 Obsession Free verseart,books,passion,
9/22/2021 Ocean Free verselonging,love,ocean,
9/19/2021 Dear Me Free verselife,nostalgia,
9/17/2021 Meandering Free verselife,river,
9/16/2021 A Garden Beckons Free versegarden,remember,
9/16/2021 Like A Peacock POTD Free verseemotions,love,
9/14/2021 Queen Of Jhansi Free versecourage,love,
9/14/2021 A Mystery Free verselove,
9/14/2021 Hello Again, September Free verseautumn,seasons,
9/12/2021 Keepsake Free verselove,memory,
9/8/2021 Illusion Free verseallegory,imagination,
9/6/2021 Harmony Alliterationbird,nature,
9/5/2021 Last Sigh Free versedeath,love,
9/4/2021 A Highly Debated Issue - Carolyn Devonshire Quatrainlife,sorrow,
9/4/2021 Autumn Leaves Sigh Kimoheartbreak,sad,
9/3/2021 Light Aglow Versenature,sky,sun,
9/2/2021 Fall Ambrosia Haikunature,
8/27/2021 Gleeful Footlenature,poetry,
8/22/2021 Cadence Of A Seashore Free versenature,sea,
8/21/2021 Twilight Pink Haikumoon,nature,
8/21/2021 Pink Moon Haikumoon,nature,
8/20/2021 Star In My Constellation Prose Poetrysky,star,
8/19/2021 I AM That Girl : Postscript To My Bio Listlife,memory,
8/18/2021 Wings Of Imagination Free versecolor,sky,
8/16/2021 Fantasia Twenty-One Imagismallegory,bird,
8/14/2021 Moon Glistens Haikumoon,night,
8/14/2021 Tangerine Dreams Imagismnature,sun,
8/13/2021 Footprints Carolyn left Senryuhappiness,memory,
8/12/2021 Nightingale Haikubird,song,
8/11/2021 Poem For You Verselove,poems,rose,
8/11/2021 Oasis At Heart Of City Prose Poetrynature,solitude,
8/11/2021 Homecoming Birds Alliterationbird,nature,
8/10/2021 The Writer In Me Wants You To Know Free versehow i feel,poetry,
8/9/2021 Dewdrops Versenature,
8/6/2021 Waterfall Of Kindness Haibunlove,memory,
8/6/2021 Holding Back Tears Free versehome,memory,
8/2/2021 A Moment Of Tranquility Imagismnature,sea,sun,
8/2/2021 Tapestry Of Dreams Haikudream,nature,
7/28/2021 I am who I am Bioi am,life,
7/24/2021 Tapestry We Weave Rhymeimagination,nature,
7/22/2021 Sun Inspires Free versenature,sky,
7/22/2021 Chimes At Crimson Twilight Free versebeach,memory,muse,
7/15/2021 Imagination Verseimagination,
7/14/2021 Rain Whispers Free verselove,rain,
7/12/2021 I Sighed Free versepoverty,sad,
7/11/2021 Again Haikulove,memory,
7/11/2021 Love Again Verselove,rain,
7/8/2021 Where Did You Go, My Brother - Translation Free versebrother,loss,love,sad,
7/7/2021 Miraculous Earth - EL Haikuearth,nature,
7/6/2021 Ocean Is The Mirror Free versenight,ocean,
7/5/2021 July 5 Haibundeath,sad,
7/2/2021 Bird In Tranquility Imagismbird,nature,
6/29/2021 Moment To Grasp Free verselonging,love,
6/18/2021 Strikingly Beautiful Free versenature,
6/4/2021 Invisible Enemy Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
6/4/2021 Nature's Endless Gift Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
5/27/2021 Tangerine Reverie Free versefantasy,imagination,
5/26/2021 Believe In Dreams Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
5/24/2021 Whisper Free versefeelings,love,relationshi
5/21/2021 Friends Forever Nursery Rhyme Rhyme1st grade,animal,friend,f
5/16/2021 Miraculous Free verselove,miracle,relationship
5/15/2021 He Gave Her A Book Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
5/13/2021 Earth Acrosticearth,planet,
5/13/2021 Planet With A Ring Acrosticimagination,planet,space,
5/12/2021 Father's Day Acrosticfather,love,
5/8/2021 Voice OF Nature Free versebird,nature,solitude,
5/6/2021 There Was Silence - POTW Free versebeautiful,bird,silence,so
5/6/2021 Vase Verseflower,valentines day,
5/2/2021 Tree Which Offered Shade Free versememory,remember,

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Fav Poems

The Last Petal Free versefunny love,
I will be the stars Free verse1st grade,beauty,bible,je
The Garden That Lives On Concretegarden,
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,
Kaleidoscopic Kite Personificationlife,summer,
One Day Soon Free versehope,love,
Woman in Chains Free versefreedom,
Gently now, gently Lyriclove,romantic,
Silent Blossoms Versenature,silence,
to remember Rhymeseasons,
A Writer Born to Create Free versewriting,
Skeletons of Lace Quatrainautumn,death,life,
Ruin Gazing Free versesolitude,
Amberina Ballerina Free versedestiny,emotions,inspirat
There Is A Star With My Name On It Free versedesire,hope,night,romanti
Painting Love Sonnetlove,
My Winter Free verselove,passion,winter,
The Tempest Free verselife,ocean,peace,storm,
Where do we Poets go Free versedeath,life,poems,poetry,p
The Christmas Gift Rhymechristmas,emotions,
A Christmas Eve Tale Rhymeboy,dog,
Lift somebody's dawn Lyricencouraging,inspiration,m
Imagination Free verseanalogy,bird,imagination,
A Dawn Symphony Sapphic stanzabird,
The Forest Free versenature,
Yes, Love the Salty Ocean Rondeau Redoubleocean,
Poetry: A Profound Sense Of Beauty - a collaboration with Frederic Parker Free verseappreciation,beauty,imagi
Sunset Tableau Verseappreciation,lost love,na
Objects of Nature Free versenature,
A Poem for Michael Rhymeabuse,angst,discriminatio
I Didn't Know Rhymeappreciation,bullying,chi
What My Mother Means to Me Narrativelove,memorial,mother son,
A Poem For My Algebra Teacher Free verse6th grade,abuse,betrayal,
Dancing With Mom Coupletanalogy,dance,joy,life,lo
Lullaby Nursery Rhyme Rhymemoon,sleep,song,stars,
The Symphony I Cherish Free versejoy,music,wind,
The Universe of Creativity, the Poet, and the Poem Free versepoems,
Black Opal Free versebirth,color,space,
My forest of dreams Rhymeblessing,devotion,
let there be color Free verseflower,garden,
Love Shines Free verselight,love,
Geese Honking By Free versebird,flying,song,
O April Free verseappreciation,april,beauty
It still hurts Free versebreak up,love,love hurts,
Would You Still Love Me Free versecare,cry,death,depression
Night Sky's Party Terzanellenight,sky,
Allow me to dream your dreams Verselove,
I Will Give You Free versefaith,hope,inspirational,
Ode to Mother Ganga Odemother,river,
In my Dream Free versedream,
Religion Or Spirituality Narrativeappreciation,
dance party in summer Haikucelebration,dance,summer,
Old Gal Rhymehusband,kid,love,money,tr
Enchanted Morning Rhymenature,
Raindrops Kissing Imagismgarden,imagery,spiritual,
Falling Like Leaves, Again Acrosticautumn,memory,romance,sou
Farewell To Summer Acrostic10th grade,autumn,beauty,
Harmony Free versenature,peace,
Heartbroken Free versegrief,pain,
Letter to My Future Self Rhymefuture,
Oh, Hello September Free verseseptember,
Vagabond Dreams Quintain (English)appreciation,love,
Fantasy Is The Luster Of Opalescence Free verseappreciation,art,fantasy,
Oh, Autumn Quintain (Sicilian)autumn,
Everybody's Going Home Lyricloneliness,lonely,longing
Lizzie Siddal's Last Pose Free verseart,
Vermillion Sunrise at Kanyakumari Free versenature,sky,sun,
Lies, Lies, Lies Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t

Fav Poets

JCB Burl Korea (South) Flag Korea (South) Read
mpho Gift South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Keith Trestrail Trinidad and Tobago Flag Trinidad and Tobago Read
Besma Riabi Dziri Tunisia Flag Tunisia Read
The Insolent Rib 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
Lillian Twolsky United States Flag United States Read
Sam Kauffman United States Flag United States Read
Carol Mitra India Flag India Read
Constance La France Canada Flag Canada Read
Malabika Ray Choudhury Canada Flag Canada Read
Susan Ashley United States Flag United States Read
Stephanie Musarra United States Flag United States Read
sanjay teli India Flag India Read
Jonathan Kieller Canada Flag Canada Read
Kimberly Sikorski United States Flag United States Read
Ann Peck United States Flag United States Read
Jennifer Fenn United States Flag United States Read
Bob Kimmerling United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Quoth TheRaven United States Flag United States Read
Coral Urbina United States Flag United States Read
Michael Ellis United States Flag United States Read
Regina McIntosh United States Flag United States Read
Snehal Ade India Flag India Read
Chetta Achara United States Flag United States Read