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Book Review: On Philosophising, Philosophers, Philosophy and New Vistas in Applied Philosophy, by Dr. Sharmila Jayant Virkar

A little bit of context before you begin reading this book review. I have recently enrolled for an MA in Philosophy at the University of Mumbai. Philosophy is something I have been getting interested in, over the past few years, as those of you who have been reading my blogs and Instagram posts would know. During the pandemic, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do next, and this is what I eventually came up with. It has been a challenge, getting back into academics as a student at this age, especially in a subject I have no academic background in. However, it has also been very exciting, especially thanks to my wonderful classmates (who, surprisingly, are of all age-groups, including some quite near my own) and my teachers, who have been very supportive and understanding. How well I will do is something that remains to be seen, but so far, I am enjoying this new journey and look forward to where it leads. Now that you know the background , you probably get an idea of how

Partial Solar Eclipse in Mumbai

For the last hour,I have watching the partial solar eclipse, explaining the phenomenon to Samhith, and trying to get a reasonably good photograph.Success at last!!! Guess what I used to take these pics!!!
















Beautiful, isn't it???
(ANS. a double layer of film for the first 2 and 4 layers for the last 3!)

For More pictures of the solar eclipse, check out the following blogs:

Ashish Parmar's Nature's Imagery (Bangalore)


Mridula's Travel Tales from India (Delhi)


Quest's Quest beyond eternity (Thiruvananthapuram)



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  1. awesome, i might sound silly, but the partially eclipsed sun looked very powerful even in the photos..

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  2. @AJCL: hey, u dont sound silly at all!!!! in fact, the sun was so bright that the eclipse which i could see thru dark glasses wasnt even visible when i took pics... i tried all sorts of things to reduce the brightness but to no avail.... even tried taking a pic thru the glasses!!!

    finally, i was looking at some pics on the net of people gathered to see the eclipse and there was a pic there of a child with a photofilm... that gave me an idea and i tried it out.. even then, one layer of the film wasnt enough... as u can see, the more the layers, the better is the pic!!

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  3. amzzzzzzzzzzing anuji u did wonder for us by capturing this moment...how did u do this. i wud like to click the same way next time...so please teach me the way..

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  4. lovely images anu, I was kind of expecting this when I came to your blog. In banglore the eclipse was more complete. It was incredible...Thomas

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  5. I too tried to capture the eclipse between a day full of taking classes. I managed to take it by clicking the reflection though my office window and missing lunch :D

    Loved the hue of your pictures.

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  6. @ Sabr: Thanks a lot.. but theres no real technique.. just read the comment above... simply trial and error!!

    @T&S : Hey, I was just seeing some blore pics of the eclipse and wondering if u had taken some too..... and also wishing i was there to see it...

    @Mridula: im sure it was worth missing the lunch!! actually so did we, for we dont eat during the eclipse :-(
    and i tried taking pics of the reflection,but somehow it didnt work out well.. waiting to see yours....

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  7. Hey Deepa Akka...Absolutely Fab photographs...Amma and Shyam saw them too :) Chance'ille!! Shalu

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  8. @Shalu: thanks so much!! great to hear from u...

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  9. Snaps of solar eclipsed are awesome.

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  10. The sun was indeed too bright.....saw the eclipse with naked eyes :) and got a few pics too

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  11. @ Quest:Hey, u should be a little more careful! but the pics are great!!!!

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