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Ghazals and their Goddesses

The mesmerizing poetry was made even more spellbinding by their not so conventional voices!

The Ishq was made Sufiyana and the Love found more expressions than just romance!

Qawwalis were the new adult rock and lyrics found more meaning than music for a while!

– To all the gemstones who lend their voices and lives to ‘Ghazal Gayaki’

Here enlisting the female gems who have earned their places in millions of hearts by their ada and kala!!

1. Farida Khanum

Roots in Amritsar, born in Kolkata and now in Lahore, Pakistan; Farida is a Classical singer being entitled “Mallika-e-ghazal” by Times of India.

She started learning Ghazal from her sister Mukhtar Begum at age seven and later learnt Khayal, Thumri and Dadra from Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan. Her sister Mukhtar Begum would take her, a seven-year-old Farida, to Khan’s place for riyaaz.

She became a star in Pakistan when President Ayub Khan first invited her to a public recital in the ’60s. Khanum was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian honour.

 

Her claim to fame was the unforgettable ghazal “Aaj Jane ki Zid Na Karo”.

2. Abida Parveen

 

A Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music, she is held as one of the greatest world’s singers.

She received her musical training initially from her father, Ustad Ghulam Haider, whom she refers as Baba Sain and Gawwaya. He had his own musical school where Parveen got her devotional inspiration from. She and her father would often perform at shrines of Sufi Saints. Parveen’s talent compelled her father to choose her as his musical heir over his two sons. She sang her first complete kalam when she was 3 years old.

Parveen also has a distinct clothing style which she has created out of ease and comfort. She wears long simple frocks buttoned up to the top covered with a coat. She is always accompanied by an ajrak, a sindhi duppatta,which she claims come from the dargah of Shah Bhitthai and her wardrobe are full of it. Parveen always lets her curly hair untied.

Her claim to fame were the cherished Yaar ko Humne from the album Raqs-e-Bismil and Tere Ishq Nachaya which is a rendition of Bulleh Shah’s poetry.

3. Begum Akhtar

Akhtari Bai Faizabadi, fondly known as Begum Akhtar was a well-known Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri genres of Hindustani classical music.

 

Received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music, and was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan (posthumously) by Govt. of India. She was conferred upon the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal

She trained under Ustad Imdad Khan and classical stalwarts like Mohammad Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan of Lahore, and finally she became the disciple of Ustad Jhande Khan.

Her first public performance was at the age of fifteen. The famous poetess, Sarojini Naidu, appreciated her singing which encouraged her to continue singing ghazals with more enthusiasm.

She was amongst the early female singers to give public concert, and break away from singing in mehfils or private gatherings. She also acted in Indian Cinema and sang all her songs herself.

She has nearly four hundred songs to her credit.

4. Noor Jahan

Noor Jahan was the adopted stage name for Allah Wasai, a singer and actress in British India and Pakistan. With a career spanned seven decades, she was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum

 

She has recorded about 10,000 songs in various languages of India and Pakistan including Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Sindhi languages.

Along with Ahmed Rushdi, she holds the highest record of film songs in the history of Pakistani cinema. She is also considered to be the first female Pakistani film director.

In 1957, Jahan was awarded the President’s Award for her acting and singing capabilities.

5. Penaz Masani

Penaz Masani is an Indian Ghazal singer who started singing in 1981 and has made over 20 albums in following years

 

In her career, she has won a number of awards, including the title of ‘Shehzadi Tarunnam’ and the 11th ‘Kalakar Award’ for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’. Masani has worked as a playback singer for Bollywood, in more than 50 Hindi movies and sung in over ten languages. Under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, she has performed in countries as far reaching as Germany South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Vietnam.

She was honored with the Padma Shree award in 2009 too!

7 Interesting Facts about Poems and Poetry

“There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.” ~~ Edward Young

As someone who is passionate about poetry and truly believes in the saying that “Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing”, you would certainly be keen to know some interesting things about poetry and poems. Here we compile such 7 super interesting facts. Read on and enjoy….

#1: The haiku is one of the popular forms of shortest poetic writing. It originated in Japan. The interesting thing about haiku is that it has only seventeen syllables – with three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. The 1st and 3rd lines must have five syllables, and the second line must have seven syllables.

#2: Mahabharata, an Indian epic poem, is the world’s longest poem with around 1.8 million words.

 

#3: Charles Ghigna poem called ‘I’ is one of the shortest poems in the world.

#4: World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21st each year to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. It is an initiative of of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

#5: The earliest type of poem was The epic. An epic presents a long narrative (story) of amazing heroic deeds.

#6: Epic of Gilgamesh from Babylon is the oldest written poem. It is said to be around 4,000 years old and it tells the story of a king, Gilgamesh, who was half-man, half-god.

#7: A stanza, traditionally contains 12 lines. A two-line stanza is called a couplet, and a four-line couplet is a quatrain.

 

#PoeticLove @tumbhi on twitter.com

A hashtag can change many meanings- that too on an eve like that of Valentine’s Day! Tumbhi on its twitter thought of bringing poetic people into some action by trying to float #PoeticLove so that people share their love in the form of their shers/shayaris/poems. Splendid it was as nothing fits better in poetry than love.

So here we have gathered a few good ones from #PoeticLove:

“चलो शेरो शायरी का आलम बनाते है ,आज के दिन , इश्क की महफ़िल सजाते हैं ! tweet ur love in poems/shers with #PoeticLove”

1. @maktuub मेरी मुराद मेरा ख्वाब मेरी मंजिल तू / तेरे बगैर मुझे कुछ नज़र नहीं आता ~ मक्तूब #PoeticLove

2. ‏@sriv_anu ना कुछ नज़र कहरही,ना ही लब कहरहे,ना समझ आ रहा क्या ये सब कहरहे,अजब ही ज़ुबान हम दोनो की है,कुछ बोले बिना हम तो सब कह रहे #PoeticLove

3. @kattitudette Ab Dil Ki Tamana Hai Ke Kaash Aisa Ho Ansu Ki Jaga Ankh Se Hasrat Nikal Jaiye! #PoeticLove

4. @kattitudette fursat hi nahi deti ye gham-e-duniya saara din. jugnuon se armaan mere har shaam jal jaate hain 🙂

5. @sriv_anu मेरी कविता के हर शब्द हैं तुमसे, मेरे गीतों ने तुमसे ही सुर पाया, जी उठते हैं एक साथ सब, जब भी ज़िक्र तुम्हारा आया #PoeticLove

6. @sriv_anu यहाँ वहां ढूँढा जिसको वह, था नज़रों में, पर नज़र न आया, धड़कता है इस दिल में कब से, दिल आखिर क्यों समझ न पाया #PoeticLove

7. @sriv_anu कहते हैं कहीं भी जाओ, साए हमेशा साथ चलते हैं, पर मेरे साथ तो हरदम तू चलता है, क्या इसे ही प्यार कहते हैं #PoeticLove

8. ‏@Chatar_Matar कभी फुर्सत हो ज़रा सी, तो कह देना बस इक बार इशारे से, शायद दिल की कहानियों को, पल भर की राहत मिल जाए #PoeticLove @tumbhi

9. @Chatar_Matar रास्ते तो हमारे रहने दो मंजिलें तो वैसे भी तुम्हारी हैं ;साथ रहना मुनासिब नहीं हाथ थामके चलना, उस में भी क्या शिकायत है #PoeticLove @tumbhi

10. @ideakikhan Aaja mere sanam tu b aaj is shayri ki mahfil me.. dekh le teri bewfai pr b kitna pyar bhara h mere dil me.. @tumbhi #poeticlove

11. @kattitudette Hamko Maloom Hai Jannat Kii Haqeeqat Lekin.. Dil Ke Khush Rakhne Ko ‘Ghalib’ Ye Khayal Acha Hai..

12. @JunejaAnju @tumbhi nami hai dil mein kitni abhi tak kya batayein, nishan tere kadmon ke hain jas ke tas bane huye.

13. @sriv_anu @tumbhi चाहे कितना भी नकारे ये मन, दिल को ऐतबार अब भी है/ आओगे तुम वापस ज़िन्दगी में फिर, दिल को इंतज़ार अब भी है #PoeticLove

14. ‏@maktuub कासिद के आते आते ख़त इक और लिख रखूँ / मैं जानता हूँ जो वो लिखेंगे जवाब में #Ghalib #PoeticLove

15. @1d1f @tumbhi Main bhi zabaan rakhta hu kash poocho ki muddaa kya hai jab ki tujh bin nahi koi maujud phir ye hangama ki Khuda kya hai #PoeticLove

16. @1d1f Tere vaade pe jiye hum, to ye jaan jhoot jana, Ke khushi se mar na jatay agar aitbar hota. #ghalib #PoeticLove

17. @Chatar_Matar Humko to duniya main koi bewafa na mila.. kami jo paayi to apni mohobbat main paayi.. #ghalib #PoeticLove @tumbhi

So with all this love floating in the forms of poetry , we were just enthralled to share this with everybody who missed it! Also download our special Romantic Poetry book “EHSAAS” which is accompanied with beautiful sketches – to spread more love!

#Wahwah @ Tumbhi

To beat the Monday morning blues, we decided to make the twitter TL a little more interesting, a little more poetic and to awaken the poetic spirits of the people. So we just asked them to tweet their or other’s shers- shayaris or couplets following the #wahwah tag with us!!

A peek-a-boo at what happened!

[Tumbhi]: Tweet the #wahwah with us today! Share awesome shers, shayari- yours or of stalwarts and lets create a poetic monday!

तेरा न हो सका तो मर जाऊंगा ‘फ़राज़’ कितना खूबसूरत वो झूठ बोलता था #wahwah Tweet the sher with us! This was when we tried building the “shayrana” atmosphere and the first few responses were like—

[Aakriti]@Chatar_Matar दिल नाउम्मीद तो नहीं , नाकाम ही तो है रंगीन है गम की शाम , मगर शाम ही तो है #wahwah @tumbhi

[Tushar] @Shorisays वोह खूबसूरत है पलके हमारी झपकती ही नहीं । #wahwah @tumbhi

Then we had to simulate a little more to build the flow! Heres how we did!

Tweet the #wahwah with us today! share awesome shers, shayari– Wake up all fantastic poets on the TL!

तुमको नाराज़ रहना है तो कुछ बात करो ‘फ़राज़ ‘ के चुप रहने से मुहब्बत का गुमान होता है – अहमद फ़राज़ #wahwah tweet the sher!

So again, [Tushar] @Shorisays दिल ने कहा दिल ने सुना और मोहब्बत हो गयी । #wahwah @tumbhi

And then [Aakriti]@Chatar_Matar कभी भुलाने के लिए पीते हैं कभी सहलाने के लिए और कभी पी कर जो लिखी थी उसे मिटाने के लिए #wahwah @tumbhi

And we kept poking—————- >> #wahwah —– anyone there??

आँखों में जल रहा है क्यूँ , बुझता नहीं धुंआ उठता तो है घटा सा , बरसता नहीं धुंआ – गुलज़ार #wahwah Tweet the sher! spred d awesomeness!

So some new handles were seen

[Radha] @RadhaGiri कौन कहता है हाथो की लकीरें तकदीरें बनाती है तकदीर तोह उनकी भी होती है जिनके हाथ नहीं होते है @tumbhi #WahWah

[Anupriya]@sriv_anu @tumbhi ये जो दर्द मिल रहे हैं किश्तों में, डर है ये सिलसिला भी थम न जाये, अब तो इस दर्द से ही, जिंदा होने का एहसास होता है #wahwah

[Aakriti] @Chatar_Matar “कागज़ और कलम से अब राते इंतिहा होती हैं हसरतों की महफिलों को नया ठिकाना जो हासिल हुआ है ” #wahwah @tumbhi

[Anupriya]@sriv_anu @tumbhi ज़िन्दगी की जाने कितनी, मुस्कुराहटों की वजह है तू, फिर किस मुंह से आखिर आज, तुझको बेवफा कह दें #wahwah

The poking never stopped———–More poets on the TL- tweet the sher with us and make people go #wahwah

[Tushar] @Shorisays वोह ढलता सूरज और हमारे चाँद का छत पे आना, कौन कहता है आज अँधेरा होगा । #wahwah @tumbhi

वोह ढलता सूरज और हमारे चाँद का छत पे आना, कौन कहता है आज अँधेरा होगा । #wahwah @tumbhi

On facebook too, we thought we shouldn’t let the poets miss the fun!! So —–Poets/ Shayars: Catch the latest action on Tumbhi’s Twitter. Something really exciting is happening there! Follow… http://fb.me

So some facebook shayars walked in : like- Ruhi @tumbhi Tere Ishq me jalte hue hum khak hue jate hain na samjh zinda ke hum bezaar jiye jaate hain ..Ruhiii ♥

[Kavita] @kattitudette @tumbhi Mujhe dekh kar wo sahib-e-ilm bola, “Teri sanjeedgi batati h, tujhe hansne ka bahut shoq tha kabhi!” #wahwah

[Tushar] @Shorisays जेठ की दोपहर में उनका बुलावा शायद इन्तिहान हैं मोहब्बत की । #wahwah @tumbhi

[Ruhi] @RooheeSharma @tumbhi Fasla tujhse bas itna sa hai “Zindagi” jab chaha aankhe band ki aur tujhe jee liya ..Ruhiii

Poke poke ————–#wahwah kyu nhi ho rahi hai bhai!!

[Aakriti] @Chatar_Matar कोशिशें रुसवाइयों की नाकाम हो जाएँ , इल्तिजा दिल की अब ये सारी है अजनबी बन के इक बार फिर से, कभी टकरा जाएँ हम दोनों #wahwah @tumbhi

Poking continued—Thoda #wahwah ho jaye??? Tweet a sher with us and spread the awesomeness on TLs!!

Poetry is everywhere, it just needs some editing! Tweet a couplet with us and spread the magic! follow with #wahwah

And then a handle billu (@1d1f) was in the field with different shers from different poets:

@tumbhi Ragon me daudte phirne ke hum nahi qaayal,,,Jab aankh hi se na tapka to phir lahoo kya hai..”Mirza Ghalib”.. #wahwah

@tumbhi Isse Pahle Ke Bewafa Ho Jayein,,Kyun Na Aye Dost Hum Juda Ho Jayein,.”Ahmed Faraz”.. #wahwah

@tumbhi Nahi Tera Nasheman Qasar-e-Sultani Kay Gumbad Par; Tu Shaheen Hai Basera Kar Pahadon ki Chattano Par.”Allama Iqbal”. #wahwah

@tumbhi kya nazaakat hai ki aariz unke neele pad gaye,,maine to bosa liya tha khwaab mein tasweer ka-”Mirza Ghalib”. #wahwah

@tumbhi Meharbaan ho ke bula lo mujhe chaaho jis waqt,,,Main gaya waqt nahin hoon ke phir aa bhi na sakun.”Mirza Ghalib”. #wahwah

Finally we disclosed ———-:> Ur shers will find a space in our special #wahwah blog going live by today evening! tweet with us and immortalize ur tweet-sher!

So here it is, compiling all the tweeted shers by our poetic souls!! Take your bit home!! J

Artist’s Motivation; Miles to go before I sleep

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

These golden lines from Robert Frost bring back the wondered thought- what keeps an artist going?

It sure must be something really burning which keeps the urge inside an artist alive. To keep his pen rolling, his paints flowing, his camera clicking, his legs tapping and his heart jumping, all the way.

Indecisive of what the reasons would be, I just thought of putting down a few points which keep me, as an artist, going …

  1. Take it out on a paper
    It’s when I have a lot of things to surrender to, lot of things to face to, in daily life, at home, at work, in relationships or I am just grumbled of the general behavior of a common human tendency and I desperately need to take it out somewhere, writing or painting become the best medium. I just write it down or paint it out and the relieve exchanged is worth that effort!
  2. The mighty incentives
    Two words of a serious thought on my creative work brings in voluptuous changes. With the prowess of the web today, exposing talent is easy, quick and vast! Even the comments that I receive on a four line poetry of mine, is capable enough to take me 10 miles further.
  3. The critical “high”
    Believe it or not, one thoughtful remark coming from n expert in the industry can teach an artist lesson for his entire life. We don’t actually realize its importance since these experts are not really in our reach. Even one thoughtful remark from a friend can boost an artist so much. If even once, by any chance, one becomes lucky enough to recite his poem to a well famed poet or show his photograph to the most eminent photographer in the industry, it takes you another one million miles in a flash.
  4. The urge of getting better
    It is said “Practice makes man perfect”. Similarly, any art comes through two channels- Inborn talent and sheer experience. Artists tend to learn through hit and trial method. It’s their own work which motivates them to improve further! When I compare my two years old poetry with the present one, the difference is crystal clear. The journey of evolution in me and my writing comes alive in those papers. It’s that promise to myself to keep getting better just gives me a push every time!

As an artist, I keep doing my art for myself but somewhere I realize that what I did, isn’t enough and that I have to keep going , because, there are miles to go before I sleep…!!

Guest Column writing- Why, why, why??

Writing happened to you once and since then life followed….!!

If that’s the case with you too, you are probably the class of writers who try to redefine the world with their pens!

There are many of us who have this gifted “pen” with us , we write and love to write more, to express and put our own point of views in front of the world. Our lives may look absolutely normal like anybody else’s and we might be doing the traditional IT jobs as well but that doesn’t kills the “writer” within.

But we are not the celebrated faces or the known names whose writings will be heartily read by everyone. No matter from how many years we might be writing, we still need exposure and of course appreciation to keep going.

So the best way to keep this flame alive and ignited is to write “Guest columns” . Yes, you read it right, guest columns. Maintaining a blog of your own is something which everyone might do but a guest column adds to your overall esteem in the online writing world.

Highlighting few points as to why you should take up “Guest Column” writing if you are not doing it till date:

1. The ‘big’ exposure

You might have your personal blog where you would be very regular with your posts but writing for a different platform with probably a larger readership could help you get better views and thus more eye-balls for your piece of writing. Remember, the portals which invite guest columns usually have dedicated budget for advertising and marketing of the portal and you have an excellent opportunity of leveraging on that! Additionally, you can also give link to your own blog or website there which will promote your own little space as well.

2. ‘Connect’ with like minds

Writers suffer from a problem. They don’t get appropriate audience/readers. Agree? Then writing for an already established platform where many writers like you come together might solve this problem of yours. The fellow writers reading your write-up, commenting on it, sharing their views will definitely cut down on your entire search for “like minded” people and may help you in thinking from different perspectives.

3. Business Possibilities

A guest column in plain words is a demo of your writing skills. Go ahead and pour the best of the words you know. Who knows, someone out in the world might just be looking for your talent and you might find something great where you would love to contribute.

4. Virtual Reputation

Reputation is no longer a word only in the real world. If you are online, you have to have ‘Virtual Reputation’ as well. It refers to the credibility of your work reflected by the authentic sites of which you are a member in some way. Writing Guest column for a genuine portal can add tons to it! Your name with back links to various authentic portals speaks of your virtual credibility immensely.

5. Revenue Sharing

Last but not the least, monetary benefits cannot be ignored. There are pages which are popular only because of the kind of guest columns it holds. These pages are known to share their revenue with the guest column writers. So you not only make reputation but may also make some handsome money as well!!

And eventually, it’s all about writing – your true passion!

Keep it alive, keep writing!

7 Questions About Poetry

A poem could be written with words but poetry could not be defined, just felt!!
Therefore just bringing together few questions that may arise in your mind as a poet accompanied with answers.

Why rhyming in poetry?
In ancient times we had a lot of things to be remembered and forwarded to future generations and there was no paper! Therefore poetry was employed as a way to orally remember the history, stories and other incidents that the world would like to keep in their mind-museums. Hence Poems came up as a writing art which had rhyming words at its tale, so that it became easy to sing and remember them.

Why imagery in poetry?
Have you heard of “words coming alive”, this is called imagery in poetry. When you can create a picture of the words in your mind, the poetry is in its best form of intelligibility. A good poet always chooses words which can actually create a picture in the readers’ mind so that he is able to understand well what the poet himself is able to see. Probably when you read a poem about heartbreak, you may not be able to experience the exact feelings if you have not been through yourself but reading something like ‘window glasses bursting’ might help you feel the intensity.
Difficult words: how important are they?
Poets get famous because they can play with words but poets get even more famous when they play with simple words. Flowery language is good to make things impressive but deliberate use of heavy words just to show off the size of your vocabulary is a turn off for the reader. A poet should be able to deliver intelligible things and not bouncers. A poem understood well parallel to reading has much deeper impact than a twisted tail with no tale.

What and why: Economy in poetry?
Basically it means using as few words as possible in poetry to convey the desired meaning. But that doesn’t means you create a drought of words and turn the desired interpretation upside down. Being ‘short and sweet’ is good but being ‘crisp and clear’ is equally important. It’s possible that you might have written four words which could have had a single word to express the same thought. Try it! Words are the treasure in poetry, use them wisely.
Is it good to edit my poem after finishing it?
Generally being raw is being natural and natural is always preferred over the made up one. But still a few things grow on themselves over time & effort and poetry is one of them. If you are one of those poets for whom words are self generating and you compose a poem in merely ten minutes, still it’s always good to polish and present it the dazzling way. A little adjustment here and there won’t take the natural essence away from your poem.
Is it obligatory to have poetic genes?
Of the most common notions, having poetic genes is considered necessary to possess poetic abilities in you. That’s not true. A poem comes from a game of words, beading of rhyme, a deep feeling/emotion, a sensitive heart and a great pen! One can of course be a poet even if his parents aren’t. It comes from the incidents you face in your own life and not the history of your DNA.
Why poetry at all?
Ask yourself; don’t you want to preserve the songs of your own life?

Shayari @ Tumbhi

Tumbhi comes across yet another list of aspirants, this time Poets and writers. A writing Contest in the name of “Nadaan Parindey” had been organized by the portal which invited Poems in Hindi and Roman Urdu. The superlative part of the Contest this time was its Jury! Tumbhi was able to give a chance to the poets-at-heart a chance to present their work to Irshad Kamil, the ace poet/lyricist in Indian Cinema.

The response was overwhelming! Recording the entries in thousands, we were flooded by people appealing to submit their entries even after the closure of the contest. We received startling response not only from India, where Hindi is the mother tongue, but also the entries pouring from Pakistan , UAE and NRIs(Non Resident Indians) especially in Roman Urdu were wonderful.

We had announced 2 cash prizes of Rs.21, 000 and Rs. 11,000 for the contest but the winner will be more than worth it , we believe!

Announcing the shortlisted “Super 25” poems on 6th Feb 2012’ is not going to be an easy task for our judges but we have taken the challenge and now looking forward to the best entries being selected.

To give you a look, here are a few snippets from the participation entries selected randomly:

कब से लिए बैठा हूँ इस कागज़ के टुकड़े को

कब से कर रहा हूँ तफ़तीश मैं खुद की
रोज़ तोड़ा है मैंने हर क़रार इसका
रोज़ पलटा है मैंने हर सफ़हा माज़ी का
इससे बड़ा भी कोई जुर्म क्या होगा
मुझसे बड़ा भी मुजरिम कहाँ होगा..
-केतन कनौजिया

अब काहे को रोत है, सब हो गया मालिया मेट।

जले भुझे की राख ले, और बिखरी मट्टी समेट॥

पहले खुद को जानले, फिर औरन को जान।
सभी यहाँ है आदमी, कौन यहाँ भगवन॥
-मोहित गोस्वामी

ख़्वाब बड़े और कमरे छोटे
आसमा पर ग़र कुछ घर होते
बादलों से घर भर लेते
मुट्ठी मे बाँध कर तारो को
घर अपना जग मग कर लेते
हे ख्वाब बड़े और कमरे छोटे …..
-गायत्री मनचंदा

ज़िन्दगी माचिस की एक तीली है
एक से शमा जला लूं या चूल्हा
दोनों के चक्कर में
कई दफा ऊँगली जली है
-आबिद हुसैन

Needless to mention, but thanks to all the participants for the immense contribution.