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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

Red Wattled Lapwings

We have seen Red Wattled Lapwings in Mumbai, but got a really close look at them while at Mount Abu and Udaipur. Though it was summer, there was plenty of water, and these birds were prominently visible near every water body we visited.


A pair of lapwings at Nakki Lake, Mount Abu....


We saw these birds when we went boating, and couldn't get any closer.....




And then at Udaipur, they were everywhere!

Nehru Park, on an island in the Fateh Sagar Lake, was a bird haven - we saw many birds and lost count of time photographing them. There were plenty of lapwings there.....


Some of them seemed to be nesting... we saw many like these sitting down at the same spot, and wondered if it was a nest.....




We even saw one bird sit down in the middle of the path!



In the same garden, some of the lapwings seemed unafraid of us, and allowed us to come close, giving me some wonderful photos!







After all those male and female lapwings, it was time for the young ones! We saw these chicks at the Udaipur zoo. No, they weren't in the enclosures, but were walking around freely, which only made the experience more memorable!




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