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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

Samhith's work of art


This is one of Samhith's latest creations - he has just learnt to draw!!! Yes, at the age of 6 and a half, it is indeed a bit late, but he has never been interested in drawing or colouring! "Why should I want to draw or colour?" has been the refrain for so long! He couldn't even colour properly, let alone draw anything!


Then, suddenly, last month, he brought back a perfectly coloured sheet from school, telling me that one of his friends had helped him out, teaching him how to draw within the boundaries! I can never thank the little girl who helped him out enough!

And then, imagine my surprise when he brought back a note from the teacher, informing that he was to participate in a drawing competition! So, we spent Sunday morning drawing a school bus, which was the topic given. This drawing below is the one he drew by himself, as a sort of trial, and then he drew it finally on art paper, which he has taken along with him to school.

I wanted to take  a pic of the final drawing, but with one thing and the other, we somehow missed it, and it has now been sent off to school. But this, his very first effort, deserves a mention on my blog, which is where he now looks for appreciation...

A special thanks to Sudhir, Usha's brother, who has been instrumental in encouraging Samhith to draw. The poor chap has spent so much time with him, giving into his drawing demands, but also trying to get him to do his bit.....

So, guys, please take a look, and leave your comments for the  little chap!




Comments

  1. Having seen Samhith draw I know he can draw well. He just feels he cannot because he compares his skills with those of grown-ups. The final piece was very colorful and neat. All of us at home loved it. So, here's to more drawing from Samhith!

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  2. Excellent work Samhith. Keep drawing. Even the colouring is v. good. Show more drawings to us dear.

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  3. Very well done Samhith.. u are really good at this.. may be u shd draw and paint more often

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  4. awesome ..i love the colours he has used..

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  5. good job!! Samhith. write something about your drawing in a separate sheet of paper , staple the papers together- you know what you get "A book". Your very own special book. Then call yourself an author and illustrator. Anu, he is a good artist. My son always does that, he now adds a few sentences to his drawing and calls it his story book.

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  6. Dont know how i missed this... tell Samhith it is adorable and wow.. :))

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  7. Excellent job. Way to go, kid. Enroll him an a class.

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  8. Thanks to all of you who have left your comments.. Samhith is absolutely thrilled! He loves all this appreciation and am sure it will encourage him to draw and paint more....

    @Usha: you know him really well now...and he's really going to miss you a lot! esp Sudhir and Sriram.. and all those drawing sessions too....

    @Mridula: thanks a lot... hes so happy!

    @Chitra: thanks from Samhith.... i am sure i am soon going to be flooded with drawings to be put up on the blog :)

    @AJCL: thanks so much.. that is exactly what i have been telling him... thanks for supporting me...

    @ssstoryteller: oh yes! till last month, he used to just use one colour for everything,... but now he suddenly seems to have realised the use of different colours...

    @Rajesh:: thanks a lot!

    @Aarti: thanks so much..he's thrilled at the number of comments he has recieved!

    @Asha: I was thinking of that, but he doesnt want to, yet.. so i think i shall wait...at least he wants to do it by himself now...

    @Bhavesh: thanks.... it is...

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