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A Walk Through Of Pushkar When It Comes Alive During Pushkar Fair 2018

Though the Pushkar Fair is celebrated for ten days in the Kartik month, its last four days are critically important for the sacred reasons. On the main day of Kartik Purnima, lakhs of people take a dip in the holy Pushkar lake, and in the evening Lord Brahma is offered prayers at the Varaha Ghat with thousands of brightly lit diyas floating in the lake, making it a marvellous spectacle to watch. So if you have not yet visited you can still plan your Pushkar trip. 

Pushkar Fair has started with a full swing where you can see livestock owners from all across the country coming here to trade cattle especially camels – the Ship of Desert. It’s priceless to see the expressions on the faces of these men when they sit patiently in the Pushkar Mela Ground for days and wait for the trade to take place.

Not just their faces, there are few more sights that are truly glowing and precious during this time. Though Pushkar’s streets are known for their colorful fervor and unique shopping experience, they are swathed in their own charm at the time of Pushkar fair.

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

Did we say thousands of camels ? Well the only living beings who have started giving a tough competition to the cattle in the last few years is the ‘Photography Enthusiasts’ who come from all around the globe in large groups and are seen more in number than the cattle itself 😉

And why won’t they? After all, who would want to miss these magical spectacles ?

The fair has already started from 15th November and continues till 23rd November and if you love photography, culture, Rajasthan, streets, food, adventures, camel rides or any beautiful thing on the planet, we suggest you to pack your bags are start your journey to Pushkar !

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10 Not-To-Be-Missed Experiential Moments At Pushkar Fair 2018

After a whole year of longing, here it comes again carrying along the true essence of Rajasthani culture and vibrant colours of dessert- The Pushkar Fair. Offering prismatic views and traditional items from the land of ghats, Pushkar fair is one of the biggest tourist attractions that take place every year.

The temple city of Pushkar raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere. Let’s teleport you to the abode of camels and horses. Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Pushkar fair.

  1. Sunrise

When the dust mixes with golden light falling from sun, the ship of desert shines beautifully exuding absolute delight !

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  1. Tranquil Ghats

If you really want to see and know how ‘ghat ghat ka pani’ tastes and looks, there is no better place than Pushkar.

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  1. Beautiful Camel Fair

Expect lots of fun and amazement! As the name suggests, you will see thousands of camels at the fair area. The camels are beautifully decorated. They are brought here not only for trading but also for entertainment of the tourists. A camel ride is not to be missed. Camel decoration contests and races are held at the fair. Besides camels, you can enjoy horse-riding too.

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  1. Folklore

Musical performances by folk artists from all over Rajasthan are the major draws. Live dance and singing performances by talented performers make the time special. Besides music, you will also see acrobatics and comic performances at Pushkar Fair.

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  1. Devotion

When you are at Pushkar Fair, you are not limited to enjoying just the fair but it is also a great time to see the holy Pushkar city at its best. There is only one Lord Brahma temple in the world and Pushkar has it. Besides visiting the temple, taking a dip in the holy Pushkar Sarovar nearby is also part of the ritual.

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  1. Street Food

It’s Rajasthan, so there is no way you can escape the thought of delicious food anywhere and everywhere, but here, as you walk down the streets, you find the baatis being freshly made, kachoris being fried and malpue exuding utter bliss !

  1. Street Shopping

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

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  1. Colourful Turbans

Red, green, pink, yellow, orange, or all in one, the Rajasthani men never shy away from flaunting their fashion mantra i.e. the colorful gorgeous turbans.

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  1. Hot Air Balloon Safari

If you have an adventurous streak, taking a hot-air balloon ride over the bustling terrain has to be in your list. Seeing all the activities from top is amazing and you can take a chopper ride too.

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  1. Sunset

Last but not the least, that time of the day when the camel needs respite, the chill in the air is felt by all, the men and women start to prepare for their meals on chulhas, the sun is seen setting in spreading the scintillating palette of colours on the sky which is an absolute treat to watch and to just sink in.

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Date: 16th-23rd November, 2018

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9 Foodie Favorites at Pushkar Covered on A Special Food Trail by Jaipur Beat

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Though the annual Pushkar Fair is famous for live stock trading but do you know Pushkar is also one heaven for foodies. From street stalls to roadside cafes, wide range of cuisines waits for food lovers to visit and enjoy sumptuous cuisine of Pushkar. In this holy town Non-veg food is strictly prohibited and when it comes to vegetarian food there is always a feeling of limited options available. But there’s no other place that can match the variety of veg cuisines offered here.

When Jaipur Beat decided to be at Pushkar Fair, we left no street uncovered to find out some food gems of Pushkar and we zeroed on a handful of them to try their food owing to some strong recommendations.

As we walked down the streets amidst the aroma of freshly made Baatis, steaming hot tea being served in mitti ka kulhad(earthen pots), puris and kachoris being fried right on the street, the whiff of gulkand and the sight of tempting malpuas dipped in sugar syrup were oozing out utter bliss.

Let us take you through a safar of the Pushkar streets during the annual Pushkar Mela where Jaipur Beat tried some rarest mouthwatering dishes so that next time, you don’t have to think before you eat –

1.Tea Stall Hawker– In India wherever you travel, having a cup of tea is no big deal. Roadsides are dotted with chai wallahs who serve tea boiled up with spices, sugar and milk. But here at Pushkar this Chai Wala adorning pagdi serving steaming hot tea in mitti ka kulhad will surely grab your attention.

ADDRESS – Brahma Temple Road

2. Poha Pizza Pakwan- You must have heard of Poha, Pizza, and Dal Pakwan but here comes a crazy fusion called Poha Pizza Pakwan which is available only here at Pushkar Breakfast Corner. This is one of the most relished breakfasts in Pushkar. A crispy crunchy mathri is topped with dal (cooked lentils) and regular poha with onion, tomato sprinkled  with chatpata masala.  But remember you could only get it if you hit the streets before 10 am.

ADDRESS – Pushkar Breakfast Corner
NEAR VAHARA GALI

3. Kachori- A popular local breakfast dish in Rajasthan are these round fluffy Kachoris stuffed with tempting masalas and fried till golden brown, but this crispy kachori being served with tamarind chutney at ‘Ugma Ji Ki Kachori,  is an absolute treat that needs special attention.

ADDRESS – Ugma Ji Ki Shop
Opp Maheshwari Seva Sadan

4. Out Of The Blue Café- The crowded streets of Pushkar during the fair time leave no space to relax. But here we see this calm and serene lake view rooftop cafe – Out of the Blue. With the soothing blue interior this café is your ultimate relaxation point and one stop destination for all your cravings of delectable Italian and continental cuisines and of course for some truly delectable pizzas. A perfect retreat for our “Firangi Mehmaan” and those with videshi taste buds.

ADDRESS – Out Of The Blue Cafe’

Kapra Bazaar

5. Malpua- Malpua is a sweet delicacy that is made best only in Pushkar and that too in Halwai Ki Gali. These little ‘pancakes’ coated with nutty sugar syrup are the ultimate sweet indulgence. Malpuas are quiet heavy on stomach but no one can stop at just one. They are made even richer when served with Rabdi (sweet condensed milk). Sarvadia Mishtan Bhandar is the name to remember as they serve the best Malpuas in Pushkar.

ADDRESS – Sarwadiya Mishthan Bhandar
Halwai Gali, Badi Basti, 

6. Poori Aloo- The popular Indian breakfast of Poori Aloo needs no introduction. We all have had it at different places but the poori aloo served at Pushkar is unique as the use of curd in their aloo curry distinguishes it from the rest.

ADDRESS –Shri Sarveshar Sweets and Namkeen 
Halwai Gali, Badi Basti, 

7. Falafel

Pushkar is a much sought-after destination for international tourists and that is the reason along with all the Rajasthani delicacies, Pushkar is also famous for its continental cuisines. You can find many street shops serving Falafel and hummus wraps. They have so many kinds of laffas  (what’s this) that you can sit here for an entire day and you still can’t finish trying them all!

Address- Pawan Restaurant
Narsing Ghat

8. Makhaniya Lassi

Pushkar is famous for its Gulkand- a sweet caramelized preserve of rose petals. And here we get to taste the lassi with a unique blend of mawa, yogurt and gulkand. For the best Gulkand lassi, the top in town is Kumawat Lassiwala, a small stall near Brahma temple.

Address- KUMAWAT MAKHANIYA LASSI
Near Brahma Temple

9. Dal Baati

Once known as Rajasthan’s staple food, Baati is eaten with Dal and Churma and varies in tastes and sizes all across Rajasthan. In Pushkar Baatis are quite big in size, which are dipped in desi ghee and served in this tempting Thali.

Address- Pooja Restaurant

Mela Ground

We tried to eat everything possible but still missed many. If you think it’s over, wait there is a long list pending for our next visit. Till then- Happy eating 🙂

Let’s watch this Special Episode on Pushkar Food Trail-

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Marvel at the Streets of Pushkar during Pushkar fair

The temple city of Pushkar which is famous for its Brahma temple (the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world) and Pushkar lake raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere.

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Streets of Pushkar

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

Let Jaipur Beat take you on a totally different sojourn in the galiyan of Pushkar.

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Chai wala at a perfect spot for your evening tea cravings

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A man of colours

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Mera Bharat Mahan

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A happy Dal Baati maker woman

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Book enthusiast pondering over

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Rajasthani bandhej 

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No.1 Soda Shikanji

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Man with a plan

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Flower and garland stop

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Curious Rajasthani women

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Colourful and unique take away badges

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Shopping streets

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Rajasthan’s Holy Town Pushkar Comes Alive During Pushkar Fair 2017

Come the month of Kartik, and the holy town of Pushkar is seen buzzing with a burst of colors, rhythm of Rajasthani folklores, hustle bustle in the narrow bucolic streets, a plethora of delish cuisines and a large stadium surrounded with thousands of camels and turban clad Rajasthani men because it’s the time of the annual Pushkar Mela once again in 2017 😀

Preparations of Pushkar Fair can be seen in full swing when livestock owners from all across the country come here to trade cattle especially camels – the Ship of Desert. It’s priceless to see the expressions on the faces of these men when they sit patiently in the Pushkar Mela Ground for days and wait for the trade to take place.

Not just their faces, there are few more sights that are truly glowing and precious during this time. Though Pushkar’s streets are known for their colorful fervor and unique shopping experience, they are swathed in their own charm at the time of Pushkar fair.

Did we say thousands of camels ? Well the only living beings who have started giving a tough competition to the cattle in the last few years is the ‘Photography Enthusiasts’ who come from all around the globe in large groups and are seen more in number than the cattle itself 😉

And why won’t they? After all, who would want to miss these magical spectacles ?

The fair officially starts on 28th October i.e. Saturday and if you love photography, culture, Rajasthan, streets, food, adventures, camel rides or any beautiful thing on the planet, we suggest you to pack your bags are start your journey to Pushkar !

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9 Things To Capture & Experience At Rajasthan’s Pushkar Mela 2017

Pushkar Fair that started today, though every year offers something new to perceive and remember, there are some things that you will find every single time you experience this heaven on earth 🙂

1. Sunrise

When the dust mixes with golden light falling from sun, the ship of desert shines beautifully exuding absolute delight !

pushkar sunrise

2. Ghats

If you really want to see and know how ‘ghat ghat ka pani’ tastes and looks, there is no better place than Pushkar.

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3. Bazaars

 

From jutis to Ray Ban, bangles to clothes, the streets of Pushkar offer everything you name and everything you can’t.

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4. Food

 

It’s Rajasthan, so there is no way you can escape the thought of delicious food anywhere and everywhere, but here, as you walk down the streets, you find the baatis being freshly made, kachoris being fried and malpue exuding utter bliss !

pushkar food

5. Pushkar Lake

 

After a noisy day, when you look for a place to sit by and feel the serenity of Pushkar, Pushkar lake is your haven.
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6. Camels

 

With varied expressions, different moods, beautifully decked up and lost in their ownselves, camels are the ones who attract people from all over the world to come and visit this fair !

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7. Turbans

 

Red, green, pink, yellow, orange, or all in one, the Rajasthani men never shy away from flaunting their fashion mantra i.e. the colorful gorgeous turbans😉

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8. Culture

 

Music, colors, dance, folk, festivity, temples, Pushkar fair truly portrays the vibrant culture of Rajasthan 😀

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9. Sunset

 

Last but not the least, that time of the day when the camel needs respite, the chill in the air is felt by all, the men and women start to prepare for their meals on chulhas, the sun is seen setting in spreading the scintillating palette of colors on the sky which is an absolute treat to watch and to just sink in 🙂

pushkar sunset
Pushkar Fair 2017 starts on 28th Oct and ends on 4th November.
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Vibrate the Chords of Your Soul at Pushkar Fair 2016!

Pushkar Camel Fair is a unique event. The fair is basically a market for animal trading but over the years it has turned into a cultural extravaganza. At Pushkar Fair, you not only get to see cattle and animal trading but witness the true colors of Rajasthan. Folk performances, markets for everything Rajasthani and delicious food add to the spectacle.

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What to Expect at Pushkar Camel Fair

Expect lots of fun and amazement! As the name suggests, you will see thousands of camels at the fair area. The camels are beautifully decorated. They are brought here not only for trading but also for entertainment of the tourists. A camel ride is not to be missed. Camel decoration contests and races are held at the fair. Besides camels, you can enjoy horse-riding too.

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If you have an adventurous streak, taking a hot-air balloon ride over the bustling terrain has to be in your list. Seeing all the activities from top is amazing and you can take a chopper ride too.

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Musical performances by folk artists from all over Rajasthan are the major draws. Live dance and singing performances by talented performers make the time special. Besides music, you will also see acrobatics and comic performances at Pushkar Fair.

The famous longest-moustache competition manages to attract a lot of people every year. Besides witnessing the games, you can also participate in some of them like matka race, turban tying and kite flying.

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Shopping is yet another attraction of this week-long fair. You can but Rajasthai prints and other art and crafts to take back with you. You will also see that decoration items for camels, cattle and women are sold side by side at the fair.

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When it comes to eating, there is no food item that you can’t get here. From spicy street food to traditional food of Rajasthan, everything lures you.

Now the most important part, taking back memories! Carry a camera and keep clicking because the sights you will see here are unique to the place. It is important to enjoy the moments but the pictures will be with you whenever you want to refresh your memory.

 

The Beauty of Pushkar City

When you are at Pushkar Fair, you are not limited to enjoying just the fair but it is also a great time to see the holy Pushkar city at its best. There are very few Lord Brahma temples in the world and Pushkar has the most well-known of them all. When in Pushkar, you should visit the temple. Besides visiting the temple, taking a dip in the holy Pushkar Sarovar nearby is also part of the ritual.

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To add to the experience, do not miss out on seeing the holy city glittering in the moonlight.

 

Pushkar Fair Programme Details

Pushkar Camel Fair will begin on 8th November this year and will conclude on 14th November on the occasion of Kartik Purnima.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10 am Nagada Vadan & Pooja & Flag Hoisting at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
10:30 am Mandana Competion,Camel Decoration Vyayam Pradarshan at Mela Ground
11:30 am Football Match with foreigners at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Inaugration of Shilgram Handicrafts Bazar
5:00 pm Deepdan, Rangoli, Maha Arti & Pushkar Abhishek at Pushkar Sarovar
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Advaita Live at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Odissi dance by Tejaswani Roy

 

Wednesday, 9th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:00 am Heritage walk at Pushkar Circuit
10:00 am Langri Taang with foreigners at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
10:30 am Satolia Match at Mela Ground
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 am Camel Decoration Contest at Mela Ground
12:00 pm Camel Dance Contest at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Voice of Pushkar
9:30 pm Folk Entertainment

 

Thursday, 10th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 am Kabbadi at Mela ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 am Horse Dance Contest at Mela Ground
1:00 pm Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground (Rassa Kashi, Volleyball, Kabaddi
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Prem Joshua Live at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Voice of Pushkar – To be continued

 

Friday, 11th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:00 am Yoga at Mela Ground
9:30 am Spiritual Walk from Gurudwara to Mela Ground
10:30 am  Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 am Pushkar ki Patang – Kite flying competition & contest
1:00 pm Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:30 pm Live Entertainment at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Best of Rajasthan Live at Mela Ground

 

Saturday, 12th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
9:00 am  “Lagaan” style cricket match at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 am Moustache Competition at Mela Ground
11:30 am Turban Tying & Tilak Contest
11:30 am Kite Flying at Mela Ground
4:30 pm  Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:30 pm Live Entertainment at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Indian dance performances by foreigners

 

Sunday, 13th November 2016

6:00 am Harmony Marathon from Ajmer Sharif to Brahma Temple
6:00 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 am Matka Race at Mela ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Horse & Camel Competition
11:30 am Musical Chair Race
1:00 pm Exhibition Kabaddi Match
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:00 pm Indian Groom & Bride Contest at Mela Ground
8:00 pm Roots of Pushkar at Mela Ground

 

Monday, 14th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
9:00 am Mega Cultural Event & Closing Ceremony
9:00 am Camel Race, Matka Race, Tug of War, Group Dance,Kala Jattha & other Local Performances
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:45 pm Maha Arti at Pushkar Sarovar
8:00 pm Fireworks at the High Level Bridge

 

How to Reach Pushkar Camel Fair

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Pushkar has no airport and the nearest airport is the Sanganer International Airport at Jaipur. From Jaipur you can reach Pushkar by road or by train in 2 hours.

Pushkar is well connected by train and by road from many other cities of Rajasthan so reaching here is easy.

With all this information at your hands so early, there is no way that you should miss this beautiful event!