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A varied canvas

FOR GOLDY Malhotra, life is a canvas of emerging faces and experiences that urge her inner artistic self to create thought provoking poetry and paintings. A multi-talented personality, she believes that living life well is all about creativity and its appreciation. Many know her as the Principal, Modern School, Vasant Vihar. Not many people know that Goldy Malhotra is also an accomplished actress, painter, author, poet, teacher and an artist above everything else. A veteran of 10 books over the years, she writes in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu as well. Recently former Prime Minister V.P. Singh released her book of poems, "Canvas Par Ubharte Chehre", during which he appreciated Malhotra's efforts towards promoting poetry in Hindi and remarked that rarely do such tastefully produced books come out in the Hindi language.

"It all started during my childhood days," reminisces the articulate school Principal. "It started with writing letters to my father, in the form of poetry. I now find it difficult to remember whether I painted first or wrote poetry. In this book I have written the poems first and then the illustrations."

Malhotra feels that everyone has at one time or the other written poetry, though it is difficult to explain why it is written in the way it is, with hidden thoughts blending with philosophy. "Those who manage to pick up the nuances are those for whom poetry is written."

"Canvas par Ubharte Chehre" is all about life situations. The author uses everyday language to describe her unique experiences with people. "Though life goes by with its changes, childhood returns time and again, as if to refresh us." Malhotra does not venture too far for inspirational ideas, as they surround her constantly. - "Sometimes it's books, a clothes line, a hospital bed, toys, a mirror and even the thought of summer holidays." While reading through her "Bonsai Relationships", you can't help but notice the parallels. As in the case of a bonsai, certain relationships are cut and trimmed constantly, some discarded during the course of time and some decorated daintily on small trays. Even if they bear fruit, they are only for decoration.

Goldy Malhotra's choice of subjects is indeed thought provoking and poignant - at times sad and restless, but not depressing. She portrays life on her own terms, but constantly feels the pain and challenges of others. Her canvas of life seems to be like a celebration - a continuing festival of poetry.

SUMITRA SENAPATY

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