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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

Corbett Falls

In an area surrounded by mountains and inter-crossing rivers, a waterfall comes as no surprise. However, when you enter a gate just off the highway, drive along a lane leading into a dense forest of teak, and then alight to walk through a narrow path cut amidst the dense undergrowth, you know that this is something special! I was at Jim Corbett National Park as part of the Club Mahindra Bloggers Trip, and we were visiting the Corbett Falls, situated 25 Km from Ramnagar and 4 Km from Kaladhungi, on the Kaladhungi – Ramnagar Highway. The falls were an unexpected treat, giving each one of us something to remember it by… For some it was the waterfall itself, the sound of gushing water drawing them from a distance, for some of us, the inviting sound was drowned by other sights and sounds along the way, and we tarried here and there, to revel in the glory of nature or take a pic of an insect basking in the morning sun. No matter what our interests, when we finally did get to the waterfall, each one of us sat in silence, lost in the beauty of the moment. Come along with me as I take you to Corbett falls through my photos……



The innocuous looking arch welcomed us to the Corbett Falls…



And this board captured our attention at once! It proclaims the various advantages of planting different trees…. Guess this is a more “Indian’ way to convince people to plant trees? Take a look at some of the ‘fruits of planting trees’… For instance, apparently, planting a pomegranate tree assures you of finding a wife!   Wonder what tree a girl needs to plant to find a husband! 



And this companion board is another typically Indian attitude to plants and trees – relating them to the nine planets in this case!



And anywhere in India, can a temple be far away? Here is one, right at the entrance….


We walked along a well laid path towards the waterfall...





As we walked along the path, we were greeted by a signature spider…..



And then this red silk cotton bug, much bigger than the ones I have seen in Mumbai captured all our attention for quite a while!



As I finally dragged myself away from the bug to head towards the waterfall which I could hear at a distance, my attention was once again captured by dragonflies, butterflies and fungi!













Akshat finally came to remind us that we had come here to see the waterfall and that there was a bird waiting for us there. The second was surely what made us hurry to the fall, for most of us captured the bird before the fall itself! It turned out to be a pond heron, happily feasting on the fish in the pool formed by the waterfall…



As for the waterfall itself, wow! What a sight that was!





The sound of the water falling from over 20 feet was the only thing we could hear, since thankfully, the place was devoid of tourists (except us, of course!), and for a long while, we simply sat there, taking random shots of the waterfall or just gazing at it.



Finally, our solitude at the waterfall was shattered by a group of enthusiastic guys who started clambering up the rocks to climb up to the top of the fall, and I decided to head back to the relative solitude of the woods around the falls. A pair of butterflies seemed to be enjoying a repast of bird shit, and they were unperturbed by tourists like me intruding on their lunch!


Take a look at this short video of these butterflies having lunch!



There was also a tiny snail hidden by the ferns and moss growing on the hillside… there is so much to see, if only we look!



And finally, as we all headed back to the car, karthik pointed out a tiny spider on a leaf. It looked tiny and insignificant, but a closer look showed us what we had failed to notice, but the naturalist’s keen eyes had spotted……



What a beautiful spider! I never thought I would ever add that particular adjective to the arachnid, but there it is! Here is a closer look….



And then it was time to leave, and as we drove out, a couple of monkeys bid goodbye to us at the gate, while the drone of vehicles on the highway greeted us.

The world inside the gates seemed like a different one, a world untouched by time, and I wondered if the next time I visited Corbett this place would still remain the same, or whether it too would succumb to the demands of tourism. There was so much activity within, every creature busy at work, the water too not still, but instead flowing fast and furious, but it was still calm and tranquil, and it is this peace that I carried back with me, with a hope and a prayer that the place always remains the same!

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  1. beautifully narrated!

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  2. Very interesting indeed. The insect life thereat has been captured beautifully. Apparently you have the DSLR now. As regards your doubts about the virtues of planting trees, obviously Jamun will come in handy for getting a suitable (?) hubby. But that needs to be planted by the parents (Indian tradition).

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  3. Thanks so much! But no, i dont have a DSLR yet. Just the digicam ----------
    Sent from my Nokia phone

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  4. nice, nothing escapes the master's eye :) the spider surely looks interesting!

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  5. Lovely images , what wonderful place it is !!

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  6. Lovely pictures and thoughts Anu. I am now heading out for a few days wit Chhavi and my husband. :D To Manali. Have a great Diwali.

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  7. what a lovely place
    Like that one on Anar = Patni prapt.

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  8. Amazing pics , what a wonderful experience, love to see this through your eyes

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  9. The pics are too good. The tiny insects in all their colourful glory made my day. No living thing is ugly or horrid, if only we looked at it with wonder and compassion. I mean the spider :)

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  10. Hi, Came in through Mridula. Glad I stumbled in to your post on Corbett Water Falls. Magnificent pictures and nice narrative. Looks like a fabulous trip.

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  11. Hey Anu....That's what I love about travelogues.....the minute observation........enjoyed looking at the insects and birds..........and ofcourse the peace and serenity midst nature is always an enriching experience.

    namita

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  12. Welcome here! glad to hear that you liked it! our trip was indeed fabulous!

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  13. well said! nothing escapes the master's eye indeed!

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  14. Thanks Joe! that was one that caught all our eyes!

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  15. thanks a lot, Zephyr! and so true... each one is so beautiful, we just need the eyes to see their beauty!

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  16. Very nice - both the narration and photos! I love the last pic :)

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  17.  Awesome pics............

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  18. Hi,
    lovely description of a beautiful place. unfortunately, when we visited the place this May, it was choc-a-bloc with tourists and we hardly spent any time at the falls. instead we walked down the river and sat in a relatively quieter spot. were able to spot a number of birds including a black-crestes bulbul (my first)and a white-throated kingfisher trying her luck with the fish. lovely place despite the crowds!

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  19. very vivid description of a lovely place. unfortunately, when we visited the place this May, it was choc-a-bloc with and we hardly spent any time at the falls. instead we moved down the river to a relatively quieter area and spent a wonderful hour there. were able to spot a number of birds including a black-crested bulbul (my lifer) and a white-throated kingfisher trying her luck with the fish. a really beautiful place despite the crowds!

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