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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

Sunbirds in the garden

Bombay has no winter to speak of. For us, it is winter when there is a slight chill in the air late and night, and early in the morning, and that too, thanks to living in an area full of open spaces and lots of trees. Which is why, I was surprised to notice that most of our regular winged visitors were missing for the past few months!

Finally, with the slight chill too having disappeared, some of the birds are back. A few days back, we noticed that the sunbirds have returned, and yesterday, one of them sat long enough on a branch for me to photograph it... So, here's a Purple rumped Sunbird, and hope more birds return soon.....



Purple Rumped Sunbird

Purple Rumped Sunbird


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  1. Amazing! We have exactly the same bird's pair as regular visitors to our home :)

    Thanks! :)

    Wednesday Wallpaper

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  2. I think this bird can fly backwards little. Have you noticed?

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  3. What a coincidence that you were commenting on my blog when I was commenting on yours!

    Well, about your question on my Common Rose Butterfly [Atrophaneura Aristolochiae, Pachliopta Aristolochiae, Swallowtail Butterfly] Feeding on Marigolds post, click here to see where Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is located. It's not very worth visiting unless you have powerful binoculars, but yes, the efforts by the authorities are good. We saw small groups of deer far away from us. We saw a jackal also.

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  4. its a beautiful bird, isnt it. wish u more photo-ops soon :)

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  5. Anu, I've recently started following your blog. You have a nack for writing and observation :) Nice capture :D

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  6. @Bhavesh : thanks a lot, for the comment as well as the info..

    @Chitra: it doesnt really fly backward, but hovers over the flower or bud it is sucking nectar from.... which makes it look like that..

    @Mridula : thanks... your new blog looks very interesting..

    @sandeep: yes, it is... i hope so too....

    @Preeti: thanks a lot.... i liked your blog too......

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  7. Hi Anu,
    came across your blog..great one!
    as for these gorgeous birds, never seen or heard about them! they just look so beautiful. :) and love the name, SUNbird :))
    hugs from Macedonia
    Dani

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