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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.

 

5 Creative Things to do in 5 Minutes

If you work on an internet-enabled computer system and are creative at heart plus bored and got 5 minutes to spare, read below:

#1. Fine Arts

Paint a sketch – a still life- any bottle, cup, saucer, pen stand, telephone in front of you! You can also consider sketching a human face from a person in the vicinity!

Benefit- Improvement in speed of sketching and a gradual but crisp idea of ratios and proportions of sketching! Poetry

#2. Writing

Re read an old poem/story/article of yours, you will find at least one mistake or think of a few word replacements. Polish the edges and try to analyze if reading the same old poem created a different picture of meanings in your mind.

Benefit -Brushing up of the old poems from your archives with updated vocabulary.

#3. Photography

Edit a photo clicked by you! Sorted!

There are many Photo editing software available online which can transform the face of your photograph! Try a few effects! It is very interesting to see a new look of the same picture.

Benefit- A new photograph out of an old photo will be ready in just 5 mins.

#4. Music

Search for your favorite songs lyrics online, and sing it aloud but only remember to record the same. Use the tiny voice recorder on your cell phone for the same. Then listen to the original song and the one sung by you. Repeat this activity when the next time you have 5 mins, you will instantly know your own mistakes.

Benefit- Instant relaxation because of singing activity and also self-improvement on musical notes.

#5. Reading

Read anything that you find upfront and interesting! Don’t be too selective. Generally all good articles are featured by different websites on their homepage- just click and start reading.

Benefit- A lot of learning happens via reading.

And if you still got 2 mins left after trying out any of these tricks, go to www.tumbhi.comSubmit your Sketches, Poems, Stories, Song recordings, Photos etc. and enjoy the opportunities coming your way as an artist.

Also if you want to read a whole bunch of interesting articles – welcome to http://blog.tubmhi.com.

#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

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!

Tumbhi Artists Go-Live at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai!

Theatre is a world of souls where every artist lives a different character every day, every time!

Yatri Festival was nothing less than a glorious glimpse of this magical world. With jam-packed theatre for its shows, celebrating 500th birthday of one of its play, an aura-of-art around and people passionate about various arts, Prithvi Theatre was beaming with life where two of the Tumbhi artists were given a center stage to showcase their talent.

Bharat Tiwari, a poet from Delhi and Niraj Kumar Singh, folk singer from Banaras got an opportunity from Tumbhi to present their talent to the audiences of Prithvi Theatres, Mumbai and the artists made the most of that.

Niraj K Singh performed 4 folk songs and the entire crowd was not Mumbaiya anymore. Everybody was captivated by the colors of “Kaashi” (Varanasi) and the air it brought along. The passerbys were compelled to pause, stand and henceforth give a huge round of applause.

Tumbhi thought it was the magic of the “Music” but only to prove it wrong performed the other artist, Bharat Tiwari, who recited his four poems in front of the crowd. TV artists, film celebrities, theatre people, the café staff, everybody sat among the audience to soothe their ears. And needless to mention, they had a real good time!

We wish many more artists to continue getting identified by Tumbhi, go live and thus Rock!

It seems that artists are really enjoying the Passionate World of Arts created by Tumbhi!

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.