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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 New Year - and new beginnings.....

A new year is here, and I am back with a new series.....Theres  a bit of history, a bit of temples, a bit of sculptures, a bit of wildlife, and of course, a lot of photographs!!!!

Yes I am back from my year end vacation !!! We had a wonderful holiday for ten whole days, starting with three days at the Jungle Lodges' Sloth Bear Resort at Hampi, where we divided our time between appreciating the beauty of nature and the creativity of artisans of a bygone era... Of course, for the spiritual part of me, there were some fascinating ancient temples too...... This was followed by a couple of days at Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal, where we found ourselves deeply interested in history, and wished we had paid more attention to it while at school! 


Meanwhile, Samhith discovered the joys of travelling in a passenger train, surprised that it turned out to be the best part of the entire train journey that took us across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra! We brought in the new year as usual at Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam, where we had enough time to relax and get rejuvenated for the new year! And now it is time for me to sit down and begin to write down all I gained on this trip, but there is so much to say, that it will surely take me some time to pen my thoughts down.... Meanwhile, you can click on the collage to see my Picasa Album, or you can click on the photos  below.....There are just too many photos to post this time!!!

Hampi-Badami trip Part 1

Hampi Badami Trip Part 2


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  1. Wow,what a lovely way to ring in the new year. :-))

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  2. Anu- the picasa links dont work, rather it says there are no albums to view.... think you need to chk the privacy settings... :)

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  3. @Aarti: That was fast!! Thanks so much..... can you please check again.... I have made the albums Public now...

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  4. Really nice! Wishing a year full of happiness and more travels. :)

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  5. Anu Samhith with the sunflower picture is worth framing! Both look radiant.

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  6. great photos ,good that you visited cave paintings near anegundi . its just awesome . There few interesting facts about those paintings.

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  7. @Bindhu: thanks! Wish you too a wonderful, travel filled year!!!

    @Mridula: thanks so much!!! shall do that!

    @Team G Square: have u been there? written about ti???? it was just awesome!

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  8. yes have been there. I visited that place two times . there was an interesting article on this place recently in paper . I wrote but by cat didn't like it , the post got delelted before publishing .

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