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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
Wish you all a very Happy New Year!!!!




2009 saw me making quite a lot of trips, but the end of the year saw me cancelling a much awaited one. Lets hope 2010 brings along a lot more travel for all of us.

For the last few years, we have brought in the new year at Puttaparthi, Prashanti Nilayam, the abode of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and this year was the same. We spent a week there, and sorry, again no photographs. We spent the whole day at the ashram, and left the camera behind in the room!


The collage above is my first attempt at one, since  wanted to do something new this year, and I eagerly await your comments and suggestions. These pics were taken from the train on our way back.

The river you can see is the Krishna, and surprisingly, there was plenty of water, and there were a huge number of water birds too. We saw egrets, herons , sandpipers, and many others we couldn't identify. Among the other birds were the Kingfishers, Bee eaters, drongoes and robins, all of which I am proud to say, Samhith is identifying with ease!!!!


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  1. Wish you and your family a very happy 2010 Anu. May you travel more!

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  2. Happy New Year to you too Anu.

    I have not done much will collages, so I am last one to comment, but just a little suggestion.
    Did you try putting the big picture in the center and the little ones surrounding it?

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  3. @ Mridula: Thanks for the wishes... wish u and your family too a wonderful 2010

    @Vam: I actually tried that first, but this seemed a little differnt:-))

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  4. May the Twenty Ten decade bring us lots of happy travels...

    The collage has come out well...though, to be fair, it lacks flair...Try using Picasa, that is if you upload your photos to Picasa Photo Album...their desktop tool...picasa...offers a great deal of interesting collage options, which you can choose depending on your taste and style...In a nut shell, picasa is the simpleton's photoshop...

    To respond to your comment on my blog...Talakad is open year around...Pancha Pathi festival draws in the maximum crowd

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  5. @ Sankara : thanks a lot... for the wishes, the suggestion, as well as the information!!

    i actually did use Picasa, but was wary of experimenting too much.. have a lot to learn!!!

    i used to think that talakkad was closed for most of the year,. now thanks to you, i can plan a visit sometime...

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  6. great pics...
    i love the Picasa collage options too...
    Kids are great at picking names and nature..faster than we do

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  7. Wish you a happy new year too. May 2010 turn out great for you.

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