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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

Wooden Toys

I can't go to Nashik without thinking of toys. This was where we bought the first wooden toy for Samhith - a train - and today, we have a huge collection of these wooden toys. mostly vehicles.





I was at Nashik about a month back, and seeing all these toys reminded me of the first time we saw them... a visit we made almost 5 years back..... I had just started my blog then, and didn't even think of taking a photo of the toy shops at Panchavati then. We did buy a number of them, though! This time, on the other hand, I held in my temptation by clicking pics and returning without buying a single one!


The shopkeeper told us that these toys are made in Nasik. He was hesitant to tell us who made them, or where he bought them, probably afraid that we would go directly to the maker.... but these toys are certainly cheaper at Nasik than anywhere else that I have seen them. Samhith was eager to get some more, but space in our house is a major issue. Besides, we use these toys mainly at Navaratri (which starts next week, which is why I remembered these toys now) and this year, we can not celebrate the festival...

You can see some of our other wooden vehicles in my earlier Navaratri posts...

Most of the wooden vehicles you can see there were bought at Nashik!


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  1. I do exactly the same so many times, I click a picture and don't buy anything.

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    1. Thats probably the one advantage of being possessed by a camera, Mridula!!

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  2. These are so nice. I wonder if kids will like the feel of these charming wooden toys as compared to the plastic stuff that dominates the market.

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    1. Yes, Richa.. these are much, much nicer than the plastic toys. we have quite a few of them and Samhith loves playing with them. in fact, all the kids who come to see our golu during navaratri want to play with them!

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  3. Nice collection...Navaratri is starting. Will wait for your posts:))

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    1. Thanks chitra.... yes, Navaratri is starting and we are so sad that we cant keep the golu. but hopefully i will have lots of other stuff to share

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  4. Beautiful toys. Though I had been to Nashik, I never had an opportunity of appreciating them in them shops. This year I am in Chennai. In my childhood we had plenty of Marapachis made of Red Sandal Wood (Rakta chandanam).

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    1. yes, PNS.. they are lovely... i dont know how you missed them in Nashik.. the shops at Panchavati are filled with them! and even at Tryambak... we have lots of marapachis too... of all shapes and sizes :D my mother and mami have a huge collection now

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  5. Click Click Click .

    I remember my childhood days when I used to play with wooden toys. Nowadays only plastic ones with battery operated or soft ones are available.

    Thanks Anu jee for posting

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    1. Thanks Vishal! the trend of wooden toys is coming back... they are really much nicer for kids to play with... and we keep looking out for these wherever we go!

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    2. Vishal,
      Wooden toys had their own charm. :)

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  6. I never knew wooden toys are made in Nashik !! For wooden toys, all I knew was about Channapatnam !
    Thanks Anu for sharing this with us, my trip to Nashik will cover this. And that bullock cart is fascinating. :)

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  7. Such beautiful toys! ou brought back my childhood memories. trip to Himachal

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  8. Beautiful toys ..really this refresh my childhood memory.

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