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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

Anegundi Part 7 - A Walk along the Tungabhadra


It is impossible to miss the Tungabhadra, especially at Anegundi. The shortest way to get there is to cross the river by a boat or coracle, and most of the places there are located somewhere along the river. The last place we visited at Anegundi was on our way back to Hampi after visiting the Pampa Sarovar. We crossed a makeshift bridge made of fallen pillars laid across a stream merging into the Tungabhadra, and climbed up a hillock which would take us to a point right opposite the ghats of Hampi. On the way, we were told, was the cave where the monkey king Sugriva lived. We briefly entered the cave through the temple-like structure built at the entrance before moving on to other, more interesting things….




As we walked towards the river from the hill, we saw many more temples along the route. They were being renovated, so we couldn’t enter any. I wonder what they will look like once the renovation is completed!




The river was visible from a distance all the time… especially the huge stone pillars which once held the only bridge to have spanned this river. (Recently, efforts were made to build a new bridge, but environmental and heritage activists opposed it on the grounds that since the entire city was a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a modern bridge would mar the ancient beauty. Work went on, regardless, till a part of it fell into the river. That put an end to the bridge, at least for now!)



Incidentally, the makeshift bridge we had walked across earlier was made of some of these pillars; thankfully, they at least didn’t have any carvings on them!



We crossed the river by a coracle, but had to walk some more to get to the ghats where our driver was waiting. Here are some sights from the path along the Tungabhadra….







We finally reached the ghats, and walked towards the road…. Here, the path was paved by more stones… many of them found here... it is not uncommon to walk on rocks with markings, and we wondered what these were…..



Our guide pointed towards one of the stones on the floor and said, “Look, it’s a stone dagger!” Indeed, it did resemble one! It was fun to look for shapes on the flooring!



The path would lead us to the road, and thence on to the other places on our itinerary. 



It was time to bid goodbye to Hampi and Anegundi, and this was probably the best place for it! As we stood facing the river, on one side, we could see the spire of the Virupkasha temple, and on the other, the boulder covered hills of Anegundi. 



The river had flown quietly for years while kingdoms had come and gone, as an empire lay forgotten under rubble, and as time went past! The river continued to flow as people came from all over the world to see what was left of one of the greatest empires in India, and indeed, I wondered what the river would see in the future after we were all gone! This brings me a full circle. I began this series with a post on the rocks and boulders – Stones do speak – and I complete the series with this post on the river. These rocks and the river are, after all, the constants through the passage of time! What a story it would be, if only they could speak, or rather, if only we could hear them!

 











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  1. Very detailed Info.. Nice posts.  I had recently been to Hampi, loved the place...
    Below blog is on my Experience in Hampi..
    http://relivingmyfavouritemoments.blogspot.com/search/label/HAMPI-ANEGUNDI-KUDALASANGAMA-BADAMI-AIHOLE-PATTADKAL

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