Live Life: Express Your Creativity

The above is a picture of my birthday cake the year I turned four. My mom and mausi (her younger sister) created this entire railway set at home – complete with the engine, the 3 coaches, the platform and the small guard cabin (barely visible behind the engine in this pic). And we are talking about almost 3 decades ago here… when there was just that round aluminum oven and no ready-made sponge cake or icing or even the Hershley’s chocolate sauce available to reduce our work.

My mom was a very creative person – and she did pass on this gene to my sister and me, even though in a very small percentage. Painting, embroidery, doll making, crochet, tatting, knitting and cooking were just a few of her channels of creative expression.

Most of my early growing-up memories revolve around some kind of art work or the other. I embroidered my first handkerchief when I was less than 6 years old. And we would cut old greeting cards to make new stuff out of them. Scrapbooks, science models, school art/craft assignments were never purchased for us from the market – we always made them ourselves.

I remember there was also this small phase when I used to draw cartoons. I’ve always been fond of books. Even when I couldn’t read, we had a very old servant in our household, whose family had been in service of our family for long, and he used to read aloud various comic books to me – Chacha Chowdhary, Billu, Pinky etc. Anyways, later on, when I could read on my own and hold a pencil steady in my hand, I used to copy all those cartoons from the comic books.

I got the opportunity to learn Batik and Tie & Dye in school. Also a little bit of macramé… really amazing art that is. Just a bunch of knots and you end up with a towel hanger or a pot hanger or something even more bizarre! Totally loved it! One thing I wish I had opted for during the 12 years of school life is the “food preservation” activity. But anyways, as they say “past is history”. Maybe I’ll learn it yet…

I still do keep tinkering around with odd stuff off and on. Glass painting, emboss painting, embroidery, flower making… I need to take pictures of all our artwork – my sister’s, my mom’s (whatever is still left that is) and mine. And there’s so much more I want to try my hand at… someday…

Giving an outlet to our creativity is very essential for living a full life.
There is a strange feeling of contentment when you finish making something new – something creative. I can’t really describe that feeling in words… it’s some kind of primal joy… at a very deep level…

I just wish I’m able to manifest a whole new life for myself in the near future… a life which gives me a lot more scope for expressing my creativity…

This is my 17th post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

Link to the previous post: Live Life: Surround yourself With Positive People

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Shobhit said...


That was some serious bit of creativity by your Mom ! A complete railway-set for a birthday cake... That's a first for me. :o

So you had your stint with batik in school too ? I can still remember those big sheets of cloth with strange designs and colors spread to dry out in front of the Chemistry lab. :D

And I never really could understand what they did in 'food preservation' back then. All I remember is getting those strange smells from around the 'f-p' activity. :P

And obviously, you are continuing with new types of creativity now and then. Great !

Rajlakshmi said...

I love doing art and craft :D
we used to have SUPW classes in school and there they taught us to make roses and dolls :)
just loved making them...

Kaddu said...

@ Shobhit: I still have 2 hand-made tie & dye chunnis. One of them came out so pretty in fact, that Ma'am Indu Sharma, when she saw it hanging on the wall for the upcoming exhibition that year, refused to believe I made it myself! She said any stuff purchased from the market will not be displayed in the exhibition. And it was only after a couple of other girls told her that I had in fact made it in school, in front of them, and they had helped me dry it, that she allowed me to display it! :p

Kaddu said...

@ Rajlakshmi: Honestly yaar... it really feels good when u finish making something!

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