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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

A Little Land

As a single child, and the only grandson in both my and Shankar's side of the family, Samhith gets all sorts of toys to play with. Being the finicky kind of mom I am, I keep searching for 'something different'. The only toys both Samhith and I have agreed to like are his Thomas the Tank Engine train track sets and all the building blocks we have collected over the years... Of course, for Samhith, his favourites remain the 200 odd plastic animals we have been accumulating since he was born!

My search for toys has, however, not stopped yet, and I was thrilled to see this interesting set developed by a budding toy designer, Nalisha. She is a Visual Communication student and is part of an interactive toy design Lab at Srishti school of design, Bangalore. She writes a blog named 'Little Land' at http://averylittleland.blogspot.com/

Her blog is named after the set of toys designed by her - 'Little Land', and it offers ample scope for kids to showcase their creativity....

Here is what the toy looks like....

This is the base....


and here are the pieces which fit on it.... There are all sorts of shapes based on the set...


These pieces themselves offer a lot of scope for play... you can dress them up like this....


you can choose a set like this.....


or like this....



Here is the base in the form of a box... which you can use to store the pieces...


And here is the creator with the set as part of an exhibition....


Interesting, wouldn't you say? Now, I wish this set would come in the market soon, so that I could get hold of one for Samhith!

Comments

  1. interesting..as a kid and even now, my favourite toys are the little rubber and plastic animals we used to get with binaca..what great branding it used to be..shd do a post on it sometimes

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  2. If I gave this to Chhavi she will promptly start chewing at the pieces.

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  3. If I gave this to Chhavi she will promptly start chewing at the pieces.

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  4. @Lakshmi: there's nothing to compare with those small things we get free... and the fun is in not knowing what exactly we will get!

    @Mridula: i guess she will, but just for a while.... once she gets over it, I am sure she will come up with interesting things... Samhith did the same...

    @Aarti: i thought u would like it, being a designer yourself!

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  5. The set looks interesting..Liked the box underneath to store them too. Very neat idea.

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  6. @Chitra: yes, it is... which is why i decided to post this...

    @Jayasree: absolutely!!!

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  7. My children have outgrown these, but never the less a great posy and a great link given. Love the shots.

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  8. Very creative, I can see lots of European kids playing with little land too! Many thanks for posting. All the Best from Rome, Italy.

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  9. Wow that was a very interesting toy, You are so creative. 


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  10. Thanks! Hope the creator reads this too!

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